‘Our greatest treasure’ highlighted on Mandela Day

2017-07-26 06:02
MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Themba Mthembu with Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane and KZNDARD Acting HOD Mr. Jerry Mfusi planting mushroom seeds at the mushroom base donated by the Department to the Umvoti Aids Centre.

MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Themba Mthembu with Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane and KZNDARD Acting HOD Mr. Jerry Mfusi planting mushroom seeds at the mushroom base donated by the Department to the Umvoti Aids Centre.

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CHILDREN were the special guests at the Nelson Mandela celebrations held at Umvoti Aids Centre with guest of honour, MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Themba Mthembu quoting Madiba on children being “our greatest treasure.”
He said that it was essential that poverty, inequality and unemployment be eradicated so that children could “enjoy a childhood filled with laughter, play and education”.

It was alarming that in South Africa there were an estimated 3.7 million orphaned children and almost half had lost their parents to Aids-related diseases.
The MEC complimented the Umvoti Aids Centre on the wonderful work being done for the Umzinyathi and Umshwathi communities in giving much needed hope and care to children who would otherwise be destitute.

The MEC, the Umvoti Mayor and other dignitaries opened a new garden project for the feeding of the centre’s many vulnerable children.  
The day was filled with activities, including the opening of tunnels for growing mushrooms, which are a valuable source of protein, the planting of vegetables and the handing out of blankets and food vouchers to the centre’s beneficiaries.
The MEC also gave the centre food and vouchers valued at more than R35 000 for the feeding programme aimed at the most vulnerable children from surrounding informal settlements and committed his department to helping the centre reclaim its available waste land to make it productive for the needs of the communities.

In the words of Madiba: “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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