Birthday cheer for quads

2019-07-16 06:00
Community Chest donated R35 000 towards Inganathii Mafenuka's studies.

Community Chest donated R35 000 towards Inganathii Mafenuka's studies. (Thabang Kuaho)

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Dubbed the Cape Quads, Bungcwele; Buchule; Bubele and Bunono Mafenuka celebrated their first birthday at the KFM 94.5 studios in Green Point on Wednesday 10 July.

The quadruplets, from Khayelitsha, were born through caesarian section on Friday 6 July at Tygerberg Hospital and weighed 980g, 1 010g, 830g and 1 030g respectively. They were hospitalised in Tygerberg Hospital, but were discharged after weighing 2 040g, 1 770g, 1 580g and 1 980g. 

The quads were 23-year-old Inganathi Mafuneka’s first children. She said her first year as a mother has been a roller-coaster.

 ride..“As much as I enjoy spending time with my bundles of joy, it is sometimes difficult to get enough sleep because they are now starting to demand my attention,” Mafuneka said. 

They are now getting to a stage where they start to recognise her as a mother, which often leads to them not wanting to be held by anyone else, she said.

The second-year Information Technology student at Richfield College says she often finds it difficult to make time for both studying and taking care of her children, but her strong support system makes it easier for her to attend to her studies. “My mother and siblings take turns in taking care of the children. That gives me the time to focus on my school work, at least,” she says.

She said the lesson she takes away from her short experience as a mother is that she has to be patient with them, adding she cannot wait to see her two boys and two girls grow up and share in their milestones and achievements.

When the quads were born last year, KFM 94.5 breakfast show hosts Darren Simpson, Sherlin Barends and Sibongile “Sibs” Mafu immediately adopted the roles of “honorary” aunts and uncle, offering long-term support to the quads. This saw the station hosting a baby shower for Mafuneka and the babies

 with a R10 000 monthly donation from LottoStar in the first year and a year’s worth of supplies from Clicks stores through the Clicks Helping Hands Trust initiative.

KFM programme manager Stephen Werner said that, with the quads celebrating their first birthday, the team could not let the milestone pass without throwing the city’s biggest first birthday party with almost one million people “attending”. 

To ensure that Mafuneka continues to take care of her children without having to worry about covering her school fees, Community Chest, a non-profit, professional fundraiser, community investor and development organisation awarded Mafuneka R35 000 to help pay for her studies.

Community Chest communications officer Desiré Goliath said the organisation was thrilled to be part of the special day.

She said the organisation will continue to support Mafuneka.

“Once you are our recipient, we will follow you and keep supporting you,” she said.

Mafuneka said she was grateful for the bursary as she was constantly worried about covering her fees.

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