“We seldom get a special treat’’

2017-11-02 06:00
Andrew Dietrich, food and beverage manager at GrandWest, Thandeka Mathiza, Kayi Antoni, Ntombi Mnyengeza and Reverent Zwelibanzi Antoni, of St Cyprians Anglican Church, during the offerings of food and treats..PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Andrew Dietrich, food and beverage manager at GrandWest, Thandeka Mathiza, Kayi Antoni, Ntombi Mnyengeza and Reverent Zwelibanzi Antoni, of St Cyprians Anglican Church, during the offerings of food and treats..PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Staff from the Grand West Casino took time away from the gambling den to cook sumptuous meals for the aged in Langa last Thursdays.

Invited were the elderly to enjoy the meals in the comfort of the St Cyprians Anglican Church.

The 15 cooks prepared a two course meals for an estimated 800 residents, including senior citizens and learners.

This was part of a monthly feeding scheme by the group of chefs who call themselves GrandWest Chefs that Care.

Andrew Dietrich, the food and beverage manager at the casino said they started drive about 14 months ago, serving food to 14 communities.

“We prepare the food to ensure that it is highly nutritious.

It makes us happy to see children and senior citizens mostly happy. The meals are a relief to needy residents. Our colleagues suggest areas which they want us to go to. We will keep on with the initiative as long as we can,” Dietrich said.

He said the staff work during their off- time to prepare the dish for residents.

Christina Valacia,76, said she was very grateful for the food.

“It is not every day that we get people who care and treat us in a special way.

We do not even get such food from our grandchildren. I would appreciate if they can come back again,” Valacia said.

Nomathemba Noboza, 62, said she was very impressed with the treatment.

“... We sometimes go hungry at home and some of us have children who are unemployed. Something like this really makes a difference in our lives,” Noboza said.

Ntsiki Myeni, 40, said: “There are people like me who do not have food to eat at home. I would like to thank them for the food.

The church here also gives us food. Some of us are diabetic and need to eat. The food is nice and fresh. I am very happy,” Myeni said.

Reverent Zwelibanzi Antoni, of St Cyprians Anglican Church, said such initiatives are a great need in the area.

“It is quite touching and moving. This is addressing the dire need of our community.

It tells you that people are unemployed and starving. We also have a soup kitchen which provides food to not less than 200 residents, Mondays and Fridays. As a church we cannot do it alone and we need other people to come on board,” Antoni said.

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