Ten families will benefit

2015-06-10 06:01

TEN families will benefit after the first International Mandela Day in 2009, where former president Nelson Mandela thanked all who had supported it.

He said: “It is our hope that people will dedicate their time and effort to improve the conditions within their own communities.”

This statement was reported to have inspired the members of the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) Developmental Trust in 2014 to adopt ten indigent families in the JTG District as part of the annual Mandela Day celebration.

On 19 May and 21 May, the JTG Trust was in Pepsi and Loopeng to hand over fully-completed four-roomed houses, of which both areas are situated in the Joe Morolong Municipality.

Seven out of the ten identified families are reported to have received houses that were built by the JTG Trust, and also receive groceries every month.

The ten adopted families were independently identified by the JTG Developmental Trust staff. These staff members are driven by sustainability in community development. Two recipient families, the Tshounyane and Zama family, received their house keys during the ceremonies. These families have previously lived for years in dilapidated structures.

According to Modiri Gabaatlhole, the communications officer at the JTG Development Trust, the handovers were attended by senior personnel of the Joe Morolong Local Municipality and the JTG Developmental Trust board of trustees.

Gladys Tshounyane, a house recipient from Pepsi, thanked the trust for her house.

She said: “I highly laud the trust for having changed our living conditions, and I believe other families will attest to it. I hope the trust grows and grows to advance development in our region.”

The chief executive officer of the JTG Developmental Trust, Tumelo Mpolokeng, highlighted that the trust was driven by a passion for community development. “We want to bring change to our host beneficiaries, and the Tshounyane and Zama families, along with the other recipient families, are proof of that change.

“Everyone must practise Mandela Day every day knowing that by faith you are able to change people’s lives,” Mpolokeng said.

The adoption of these ten families will come to an end on Mandela Day this year

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