Servant of community lauded

2018-06-28 06:03
Percy Frederic (77, seated in the middle) was honoured on Saturday at Nomzamo Community Hall by this community for the work he has done for over two decades. PHOTO: velani ludidi

Percy Frederic (77, seated in the middle) was honoured on Saturday at Nomzamo Community Hall by this community for the work he has done for over two decades. PHOTO: velani ludidi

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He is well-known as Mandela of Nomzamo by those who know him very well.

Unlike the struggle icon, 77-year-old Percy Frederic did not spend 27 years in prison, but spent 26 years helping develop the Strand community, especially Nomzamo.

On Saturday 23 June the community of Nomzamo honoured the man who, through the Nomzamo Community Trust, built the Nomzamo Community Hall in 1998, the community’s first-ever business centre, and bought land for the building of the Nomzamo Clinic, which officially opened last year.

The emotional affair was held in the presence of former and current councillors of the area. Former councillor Mbuyiselo Matha described Frederic as a “kind” man.

“The hall we are in today was built by him,” Matha said. “He made sure that local people are employed when it was being built. When I first saw him I saw a very kind man, and we thank him for his contribution to this community.”

Frederic also opened many day-care centres in the community, and one man who worked with him over the last 26 years is Sipho Ntantiso.

“I thank Percy for his contribution,” he said in an emotional tribute. “He introduced us to many things and made sure that the people are well taken care of. The trust will never be the same without him and, finally, his wife will get to spend time with the man she married.”

Frederic said it was a privilege to serve the community of Nomzamo.

“I spent less time with my wife, that she even said I am married to Nomzamo,” he laughed.

“It has been a privilege to have been part of many projects in the area. As I retire, I am happy to have worked with the people of the area, and I hope those left behind will carry on working for its development,” he said.

Frederic and his wife will go on holiday before he settles down into retirement. Councillor Simthembile Mfecane wished him a good retirement, but said there is one last project he should do before hanging the suit.

“We still need an old-age home here in the community,” he said. “Do that and retire well.”

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