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2017-07-27 06:01
Khanya Tsomo crew entertaining frail and elderly in Langa.

Khanya Tsomo crew entertaining frail and elderly in Langa.

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The elderly, frail and young of Ikhaya Labantu and Eyabantu Educare in Langa were treated to a pleasant surprise by members of the Khanya Tsomo NPO who came to visit them armed with tools to refurbish the home and educare centre as part of the 67 Minutes for Madiba.

Led by Ludwe Nunu, the Khanya crew arrived at the centres unannounced and went about doing their good deed.

“In the spirit of Madiba, we felt it was necessary that we visit these places and spread some love and joy,” said Ludwe.

At Ikhaya Labantu the crew fixed the crumbling walls and did some maintenance to the electrical connections.

“This place keeps old and disabled people whilst the educare centre obviously looks after children whose parents are at work or out looking for a job.

We found the state of building falls far below health and safety requirements.

The building is dilapidated, some windows are broken and the toilets are not in good state,” said Ludwe.

The shelter and the educare both depend on the grants of the inmates for survival.

Ludwe has urged the community to keep on helping both the centres as they rely on the goodwill of others to make it through.

“A good and kind-hearted individual is donating about R10,000 for groceries, but even that is not enough. They also need to be warm, healthy, happy and feel alive,” he added.

Ludwe, a seasoned writer and praise singer- cum- actor, said he was moved by the plight of the people and will continue to seek help for them beyond the Madiba month.

He has published a poetry book titled “Mvelaphi Yam” through the Centre for the Book.

In 1997 he founded a cultural group called Sijongimpumelelo and worked with the youth of Mbulukweza doing music, traditional dance and stage acting.

“I was a chairperson, artistic director, motivational speaker, leader and writer of the stories they performed,” he said.

In 2003 he worked as a liaison officer in a community project at Intsika Yethu Municipality building.

“Working for the Department of Education had opened my eyes and doors in one way or another. I gained experience.

I got exposed to transversal traditions and cultures.

I learnt more on how to work with people and to conduct myself in a more exemplary manner, especially as a leader and a problem-solver.

I did some short courses while working for WCED.

I am still learning and gaining more experience in the field of knowledge,” he enthused.

If you would like to help the Ikhaya Labantu, contact Ludwe Nunu on 084 595 6868 or via email on : ludwe.cardoz@gmail.com

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