Community ladies recipients of new shoes

2016-07-26 06:00
At the shoe handover (from left) Gugu Zondi (Zimele Cluster Life Skills Programme), Vanessa Ronald (BBF Senior Brand Manager), Rosetta Stander (Zimele Community Director), Hlengiwe Duma (Zimele Federation Director) and Zandile Zondi (Siyahlomoula crèche committee member).           Photo:         supplied

At the shoe handover (from left) Gugu Zondi (Zimele Cluster Life Skills Programme), Vanessa Ronald (BBF Senior Brand Manager), Rosetta Stander (Zimele Community Director), Hlengiwe Duma (Zimele Federation Director) and Zandile Zondi (Siyahlomoula crèche committee member). Photo: supplied

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A PINETOWN manufacturing company recently donated 23 pairs of Sisi shoes to the Zimele community.

“The Zimele women are being up-skilled in areas that would typically see them wearing safety footwear and walk long distances on uneven terrain to implement the training.
“We felt it would be fitting for them to save their smart shoes for special occasions and rather use the donated Sisi footwear that has been
specifically developed to deal with this sort of terrain,” said Vanessa Ronald, BBF senior brand manager.

Zimele, which means “people stand on their own feet” in Zulu,
is a non-profit organisation that helps people to work their way out of poverty by unlocking skills, resources, support systems and networks and creates opportunities locally and to an international market.

“We have over 3 500 women actively involved in our programmes across four districts of KwaZulu-Natal. Our ladies often walk long distances in rural areas to implement our programmes, so receiving new shoes from BBF has been an incredible blessing,” said Rosetta Stander, Zimele director.

“At BBF we believe it is our responsibility to give back to the community, the people that form a large part of our work force,” said Ronald.

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