Blade and the billionaire cut a dash in Dambuza

2010-12-01 00:00

CHRISTMAS came early for various community projects in Dambuza in Edendale with a donation of R450 000 from billionaire businessman and mining magnate Patrice Motsepe.

The donation was handed over yesterday at the Dambuza Community Hall by Motsepe himself. He was accompanied by Dambuza homeboy Dr Blade Nzimande, who is the Higher Education and Training Minister.

They were accompanied by Shakes Cele, a member of Parliament who also hails from the area.

Nzimande said he always wanted to give back to the community of Dambuza because this is where he grew up — not because he is buying votes.

“We have been doing this for a while now, working with various business- people to try to empower the people of Dambuza because it still remains one of the poorest neighbourhoods in this country,” said Nzimande.

He commended the Dambuza Community Development Trust (Damcom) for its role in upholding the importance of education in the area. “If you have education nobody can take that away from you. Having education is not like obtaining a tender,” he said.

Nzimande said one could be awarded a tender today and tomorrow it would be given to someone else.

He promised Dambuza’s pensioners a New Year party, promising to return to the community on December 30.

Motsepe said some businesspeople are always looking at opportunities to help uplift communities that are still greatly impoverished.

He then donated R150 000 towards the renovation of a crèche in the area and R150 000 toward the pensioners’ New Year’s party.

Motsepe gave a further R150 000 to Damcom, saying it would use the money to advance some business ideas that would help empower people of the community.

Damcom chairperson Mandla Mthethwa said they are grateful to Motsepe and Nzimande for recognising the need to help develop their area.

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