Good Samaritans feed job-seekers

2015-07-01 06:05
LUNCH TIME: David Majavu (left) receives his food from Gadibolae Kgwara of the Putswa Setene Patrons, while other hungry job-seekers are queuing to get their food. 
Sidwell Guduka

LUNCH TIME: David Majavu (left) receives his food from Gadibolae Kgwara of the Putswa Setene Patrons, while other hungry job-seekers are queuing to get their food. Photos: Sidwell Guduka

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MANY people from the townships wake up early in the morning and rush to a spot in town where they wait, hoping to find jobs.

Some of them travel from as far as Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. They wait on every busy street corner in Bloemfontein.

They leave their homes with the hope of finding a job to feed themselves and their families. But they are not always lucky X many go back home empty-handed.

The Putswa Setene Patrons have been touched by the plight of these people. The members of the organisation decided to do something to make a difference in their lives.

Every Thursday these members use money from their own pockets to buy food and cook it for these people. They serve them free lunch at the corner of First Street and Collins Road.

“As Putswa Setene Patrons, we thought it would be a good thing to provide food to these job-seekers. Some of them come from the Phases and they leave their homes without having anything to eat. We want them to enjoy good food like people who are employed,” said Gift Mahlumba, chairperson of the Putswa Setene Patrons.

The Putswa Setene Patrons is a Mangaung-based non-profit organisation that was formed in 2012. Interestingly, the founding members of the organisation met in a tavern.

“When we started this organisation, we were a group of friends, about 15 in number. The other day while we were enjoying our drinks, we decided that we should do something to give back to the community. We all decided that we should form this organisation. That same year, we used money from our own pockets to buy ten full sets of uniforms for kids of the Mabewana Primary School. We also collected clothes and donated them to the Boikhuco Old-Age Home and donated toys to young kids at the Pelonomi Hospital,” said Mahlumba.

“In 2014, we bought a full uniform for a learner of Mabewana Primary after her home had been destroyed by fire. We also collected clothes and gave them to her family,” he added.

Mahlumba said that they were looking for funders as they were planning to serve lunch to job-seekers every day.

“It is difficult to operate without a budget. The money that we use to buy food, comes from the members’ own pockets. We also use our cars to transport food from the township to the suburbs. We appeal to businesses and individuals who want to contribute to this good cause to come forward. If we manage to get funding, we want to give food parcels to these people so that their families can have something to eat,” he said.

David Majavu (48) from Phase 6 in Bloemfontein told Express he was happy to get a free meal. “These people are doing a great job. May God bless them,” he said.

“I left home with an empty stomach because there was no food. We spend many hours at this spot hoping to find jobs. But we are not always lucky. Sometimes we are unable to get jobs and we go home empty-handed.”

Putswa Setene currently has seven members, five men and two women.

If you want to sponsor the organisation, contact Gift Mahlumbe on 079-183-6469

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