Qiniso’s visit to Umvoti Aids Centre

2019-05-15 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedAt Umvoti Aids Centre (from left) Justin McAmmond, Zanele Dladla, Hlengiwe Khumalo and Thembekile Majola (staff he worked with back then, who still remain at UAC).

PHOTO: suppliedAt Umvoti Aids Centre (from left) Justin McAmmond, Zanele Dladla, Hlengiwe Khumalo and Thembekile Majola (staff he worked with back then, who still remain at UAC).

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JUSTIN McAmmond, known as Qiniso Sithole, joined the Umvoti Aids Centre (UAC) in 2006 before the move from the old council chamber to the Sappi-donated location, where it is now based.

He was programme manager then and it is evident that there was no physical work too hard for him. The buildings, colourful jungle gym, the slabs on the driveway, the community garden, landscaping and fencing have McAmmond’s hands all over them, as he was the steering force behind the hard work, resilience, passion and dedication his team poured into this beautiful place we know today as Umvoti Aids Centre. It is not surprising that the sports, recreational and safe play area which is now under renovation was named after him: “Qiniso Park”.

It was a huge and welcomed surprise for the staff and friends to see McAmmond back in the country from the U.S., accompanied by his girlfriend Naema. He was so grateful that everything they had worked hard for remains in impeccable condition.

It is no surprise that he left in 2013 as deputy director, as staff testify that he and his team had determination of steel and played just as hard. It was a lovely reunion, with former staff members walking down memory lane.

The Umvoti Aids Centre is rich in history and culture, and it’s evident that it was built on hope, compassion, integrity, courage, love and perseverance, which it still stands for to this day. — Supplied.

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