9SAI’s 67 minutes for Mandela

2017-07-20 06:01
Soldiers from 9 SA Infantry Battalion Base at Zanokhanyo Child Safety Home, on Tuesday, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.         PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Soldiers from 9 SA Infantry Battalion Base at Zanokhanyo Child Safety Home, on Tuesday, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Zanokhanyo Child Safety Home inmates could not have been all the merrier when members of the 9 SA Infantry Battalion Base donated foodstuff and grocery as of their 67 Minutes for Mandela Day operation.

Needy children and empty cupboards are not a nicer combination.

About 30 soldiers, who were led by Lieutenant Colonel M.P Mathebula, the Battalion Commander, also cleaned the centre.

Nolubabalo Ndita, manager at Zanokhanyo Child Safety Home, said the grocery could not have come at the right time.

“We did not have grocery at all. How do you start telling children that there is no food? We are very happy.

They played a big role in our lives. We help children who have a problem of drugs the most. We do counselling for them and do home visits to check if the situation at their homes has improved or not. If the environment is not conducive at all, we do not even allow them to visit, because we do not want them to go back to where they were concerning drugs,” Ndita said.

She said they have 19 children between the ages of 6 to 18 years, who stay at the centre full time .

Lieutenant Stefan Maritz, the communications officer at 9 SA infantry Battalion Base, said this was their aim of showing the community that they are there for them.

“We want the community to know that we are there for them.

The centre is doing a lot of good things, but they lack support. This is not going to be a once of thing, and we are planning to adopt the centre.

We want to form a long term relationship with them. We have helped other residents in the past, including a family whose relatives perished and whose house was destroyed by fire. We rebuilt their house from scratch and our member paid for the funeral costs,” Maritz said.

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