Uyanda pays it forward

By Drum Digital
02 December 2011

She’s the epitome of the phrase “yummy mummy” in her towering heels, short lace shorts and flawless make-up. But Uyanda Mbuli takes the “mummy” part seriously and her eight-year-old son, Landa, is the perfect gentleman.

He’s stylish like his mom and fiddling with his suspenders he pronounces his outfit to be “cool”.

“Oh, these are nice,” he says with a grin. “I really like the suspenders and this shirt is cool too, mom!” Happy with his look, he turns a critical eye to his mom and announces that she looks beautiful.

He’s serious about clothes, but really, really serious when it comes to choosing his favourite toy in the toy shop. He zeros in on the Transformers and his eyes widen as he takes in the huge selection.

He puts a lot of thought into what he’d like, but he’s very polite as he explains his choice. There’re no tantrums or demands from Landa. Instead, he listens as his mom explains that the shop is now closed and she can’t buy him anything just yet. He agrees that they’ll have to come back another day.

Watching Uyanda in mommy mode is great. She’s patient and understanding and she listens to her son closely. Smiling broadly, she says, “Landa is very good when it comes to toys.

I’ve been teaching him about appreciating his toys and passing them on as there are so many children out there who don’t have any.

“Every month he goes through his toys and picks out stuff to donate to a children’s home. I want him to do his bit to contribute to society. We’ve been blessed and I want him to know the importance of giving back to others who aren’t as fortunate. I’m planting this seed in him so he can carry on doing it when he’s older.”

Landa adds, seriously, “I like doing it so other children can also have something to play with. It’s easy for me to decide what to give and I enjoy doing it.”

Read more about the relationship between Uyanda Mbuli and her son Landa in Drum, 8 December 2011

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