City unites in doing good for Mandela Day

2017-07-19 13:45
Friends Sigcawu Zondi (left, 72) and Themba Khambule (77) travelled from Impendle together on Tuesday to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick to pay tribute to their hero. The two friends have travelled to the site on Mandela Day for the past several years, and plan to keep doing so.

Friends Sigcawu Zondi (left, 72) and Themba Khambule (77) travelled from Impendle together on Tuesday to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick to pay tribute to their hero. The two friends have travelled to the site on Mandela Day for the past several years, and plan to keep doing so. (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg was alive with the spirit of Mandela Day as people from across the city and all walks of life paid tribute to the country’s first democratic president.

With people across the country celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthday by sparing 67 minutes of their day to help those in need, Pietermaritzburg locals spread their own Madiba magic by helping charities, disadvantaged schools and advocating for peace and reconciliation.

The Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick attracted large crowds on Tuesday as locals and foreigners poured in to celebrate and pay tribute to Mandela and his legacy.

The site’s visitors included best friends Sigcawu Zondi (72) and Themba Khambule (77), who travelled from Impendle at the crack of dawn, carrying a framed photograph of Mandela with a written tribute, to celebrate their hero’s life.

The two friends said they had visited the Capture Site on Mandela Day for the last two years and planned to carry on the tradition next year.

“He was a great man to us and to everyone,” said Zondi. “He was the hero of heroes and he fought for us.”

Other visitors there included the Uqobolwami Youth Foundation from Mpophomeni who brought several children to the site to learn about Mandela and the country’s history.

Uqobolwami Youth Foundation’s Nomonde Mbanjwa said the organisation focused on teaching youngsters about the history of their country. She said they had brought the children to the site to learn about Mandela as they had not known who he was or what he stood for.

“They [the children] read all about him and they saw the pictures inside the museum. They now understand and know who Mandela was and what he did for the country,” she said.

In the city, police joined forces with Sunfresh Bakery, Shameel Ally of KFC Mountain Rise and businesses in the area to bring “lots of joy and happiness” to various organisations.

Mountain Rise police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said they visited Sunlit Gardens home in Northdale and the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home in Woodlands where the residents were treated with meals and gifts.

She said the children’s home received a hot meal, toys, board games and party packs while Sunlit Gardens were treated to a takeaway meal and other food.

“Today has been an amazing day,” said Ebrahim.

“Each roleplayer was reminded of humility and their own blessings.”

In Eastwood, Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson donated educational books, schoolbags and toys to the Eastwood Elderly Club and Eastwood’s JC Joshua pre-school.

“All we are trying to do is follow in the footsteps of our icon, tata Nelson Mandela,” said Thomson.

She said the only weapon at our disposal is education. “We were here earlier this year and we made a commitment to help the pre-school. We need to give these little ones what we could not get, education,” she said.

JC Joshua pre-school principal Joan Mahomed said they were grateful and appreciated what the department and Thomson had done for the school.

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