Bread for Madiba Day

2016-07-21 06:00
 Left, Businessman Peter Motale during the donation handover. Inset: Members of the community had a special treat on Madiba Day with a donation of Bread and soup in NY124.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Left, Businessman Peter Motale during the donation handover. Inset: Members of the community had a special treat on Madiba Day with a donation of Bread and soup in NY124. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Every Monday, the elderly and the indigent in Gugulethu have come to form queues at the Motale Bus Depot in NY124.

This past Monday was not different to others, albeit it carried a much greater significance.

It was Mandela Day, which is recognised around the world as a day of giving just 67 minutes to the well-being of others, and in honour of the founding father of South African democracy, Tata Nelson Mandela.

The Motale Family Trust Bread Programme, led by businessmen Peter Motale and Connel Ngcukana supply loaves of breads to the elderly and the destitute at the depot.

Seven years ago, Connel Ngcukana approached Motale and offered to help fund the donation.

As a result more than 200 elders and other residents receive bread from the trust every Monday.

“The call is out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.

For the past seven years the Motale family and the Ngcukana family have been sponsoring the Gugulethu community with more 200 loaves of bread every Monday of the week. We are heeding that call by making this donation to the community,” said Motale.

The event was attended by local religious, political and community leaders who all emphasized the magnitude of the day and the events around it.

Reverend Moeketsi Mototjane of the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Nyanga said that now is even more important for community to reflect the values of Madiba.

“We have to ask ourselves as a people that if Madiba can see us, could he be happy to see what we have become. Do we still hold his values of love, peace and unity?

We live in a society where we are always fearful of violence, crime and attacks. Today our children are under the influence of drug abuse,” said Mototjane.

He said that political activists had fought hard to free the nation and it was disappointing to see the lack of peace.

“As we head to the local election we are hoping for a free, peaceful and fair voting process,” he added.

Reverend John Nongalaza of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church applauded Motale for his selflessness, a trait he likened to that of Madiba.

“Nelson Mandela didn’t have to go to jail, he didn’t have to fight for freedom. He could have gone on to practice law and live his life but he knew that there were people that needed to be set free.

He sacrificed himself, his freedom and he didn’t have to. This is the same with Mr Motale, no one is forcing him to help the community but he does it because he understands.

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