Mandela Day legacy lives forever

2015-07-23 06:00
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Thembalihle’s elderly resident Fana Mnqwandi lives in the hope of getting a decent house after Ward 34 committee members broke his one down (above) to build him another.

PHOTOS: supplied Thembalihle’s elderly resident Fana Mnqwandi lives in the hope of getting a decent house after Ward 34 committee members broke his one down (above) to build him another.

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THE Nelson Mandela legacy and his spirit of humanity lives forever. This was witnessed when Mandela Day was celebrated nationally and internationally.

Last Saturday Ward 34 - Eastwood, Glenwood, Cinderella Park, Thembalihle, Madiba and Panorama - committee members and volunteers visited poor families, cleaned up their houses, their premises and streets.

Attracting attention on the day was Thembalihle’s elderly resident Fana Mnqwandi who had lived for more 10 years in a broken and shabby house before it was demolished by Ward 34 volunteers and leadership. He was offered a new tent in which to live until his house was rebuilt.

“A lot of people around Thembalihle, especially Ward 34, told us about Mkhulu Mnqwandi’s plight and we decided to do something on Mandela Day.

“To see his living conditions and his house was heartbreaking and shocking.

“We worked together to break the house down and we will be building it again.

“Luckily our Ward 34 Councillor, Eunice Majola secured a tent from the [Msunduzi] municipality,” said Sandile Zondi, Ward 34 ANC secretary.

A campaign will intensify in few weeks to identify other needy families in the ward.

“A lot of people are suffering there and are unemployed. It’s winter and a lot of them need blankets, food parcels and a proper shelter above their heads.”

Mnqwandi was over the moon when Ward 34 volunteers spent a couple of hours washing his clothes, dishes and sorting out his house.

“I will have a good and cosy sleep. I am very grateful.”

Mountain Rise Police Station’s community police forum, led by treasurer Feroza Sooliman, with the help of Shoprite Checker’s soup kitchen and the Gift of the Givers, they fed communities around Northdale Civic Centre, Woodlands Old-Age Home, Northdale squatter camps and Panorama Recovery Centre.

“We are not stopping here as our reach-out community projects are going around the city.

“We are also glad there are some partners - the Gift of the Givers, Northdale Hospital, Shamir Allie­, Shoprite Checkers and others, with us,” said Sooliman

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