Celebrating a legacy by giving back

2018-09-19 06:01
(From left) Umgeni Water chief executive Thami Hlongwa, Ward 15 councillor Ayanda Zungu and iLembe mayor Siduduzo Gumede paint the building while other guests look on. PHOTO: jyothi laldas

(From left) Umgeni Water chief executive Thami Hlongwa, Ward 15 councillor Ayanda Zungu and iLembe mayor Siduduzo Gumede paint the building while other guests look on. PHOTO: jyothi laldas

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IN celebration of the centenary of struggle icons Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, Umgeni Water, together with iLembe District and Mandeni Local municipalities, handed over a jungle gym and blankets to The House of Hope and Recovery in Mandeni last week.

House of Hope and Recovery is a non-profit organisation in Mandeni, Ward 15, that provides shelter and counselling to women and children who have been victims of abuse.

In welcoming the guests, ward councillor Ayanda Zungu thanked Umgeni Water and iLembe District Municipality for the initiative that will bring change to the lives of the vulnerable, saying: “We as councillors need more hands to bring hope in our community.”

Umgeni Water chief executive Thami Hlongwa said similar programmes and initiatives will be part of their daily business.

“Umgeni Water has taken a stance to celebrate the centenary with its clients and assist where it is necessary. In spirit of their legacy, this is what we leave in this home,” said Hlongwa.

iLembe Mayor Siduduzo Gumede spoke about strengthening partnerships and co-operation in governance to move South Africa forward.

“We thank Umgeni for considering bringing change to those who are vulnerable. We request all current leaders to lend a hand and support young people who will lead the world into the future.

“Active citizenry, democratic governance and selflessness were just some of Mandela’s values which will change the country,” said Gumede.

In closing, iLembe chairperson of the gender sub-committee, councillor Nompumelelo Zungu, said government is working tirelessly to protect women and children from inhumane deeds. “The community also must play its role in ending gender based violence,” she said.

The event concluded with dignitaries getting their hands dirty by painting the building. They then handed over the jungle gym and blankets to residents of the home.

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