Bataung donates Christmas food hampers to the needy

By Drum Digital
24 December 2013

Tombstone manufacturer Bataung Memorial Tombstones donated food parcels to over 200 indigent families in Katlehong Township, east of Johannesburg.

Poverty remains one the biggest social ills many South Africans grapple with. And with the possibility of some families spending Christmas on empty stomachs, Tombstone manufacturer Bataung Memorial Tombstones decided to donate food parcels to over 200 indigent families in Katlehong Township, east of Johannesburg.

In a charity event hosted outside their Katlehong business premises yesterday, Bataung donated the food hampers mostly to orphans, the elderly and the unemployed after a search for the needy around the township.

“We’re giving away food parcels to the people of Katlehong, particularly child-headed households, households that are run by the elderly and the unemployed."

We’re giving Christmas hampers so that at least they can have good meals during Christmas as we will be having good meals with our families; we would like them to have the same,” said Bataung Memorial Tombstones CEO Lebogang Khitsane, who was also a finalist in the Big Break Legacy reality TV show.

“Last year we had this event during Christmas Eve and donated food parcels to 50 families. This year we have more than 200 families we’ll be giving hampers to.”

Khitsane said this good gesture is part of the Bataung’s on-going effort to give back to communities that support the company.

“Apart from this initiative, we’ve done a lot of CSI initiatives in the past. We’ve donated tombstones to families as far as Piet Retief in Mpumalanga. We also made a beautiful tombstone for Baby Jake Matlala for free as an honour to one of our legends,” he said.

The charity event was a partnership between Bataung Memorial Tombstones, Doves funeral services, Jimmy Tau Incorporated and Studio88.

The food hampers include rice, beans, sweets, chicken, potatoes, cabbages, cooking oil as well as custard and jelly – “quite a number of things that make a nice Christmas lunch,” Khitsane said.  - Suprise Mazibila

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