Mayor gives back to domestic workers at birthday celebration

2019-02-20 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedMsunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo and his wife cut the cake at the birthday celebration.

PHOTO: suppliedMsunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo and his wife cut the cake at the birthday celebration.

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DOMESTIC workers from all over the country got a chance to meet and share lunch with Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo as part of his birthday celebrations.

Njilo turned 60 last Tuesday but celebrated his birthday with domestic workers on Saturday at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

The celebration was organised by the Themba­ Njilo Foundation together with Ukhozi FM radio presenter Dudu Khoza.

Speaking to Echo, Njilo said celebrating his birthday with domestic workers was always his dream because he understands the difficulties they go through and he wanted to encourage them not to give up.

“Sharing a birthday with these women means a lot to me because I was once a garden boy and I understand their struggles because domestic workers and garden boys face almost the same problems and difficulties.They are not just domestic workers but they are very important in our lives. I wanted to meet with them so that we can see what we can do together to change their lives,” he said.

Njilo said he is planning on continuing with this programme of celebrating his birthday with domestic workers.

“It was the first time celebrating with them and I will continue to celebrate it together with them in the coming years because we want to help them change their lives. I want to encourage them to start small businesses that will help them change their lives,” he said.

Last year, Njilo celebrated his birthday with more than 1 000 disabled people from all over KwaZulu-Natal.

Njilo concluded by thanking the Msunduzi Municipality for being part of this year’s programme, adding that as the community leaders they will investigate how they can help domestic workers improve their lives.

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