ANCYL helps at Afrikaner-run home for aged

2012-07-18 15:52

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League members did volunteer work on Wednesday at a family welfare organisation in Khutsong on the West Rand run by an Afrikaner women's body.

They did so as part of their 67-minute contribution to mark former president Nelson Mandela's birthday on Wednesday.

SA Vrouefederasie regional manager for Carletonville, Suzette Oosthuizen, said: "There were a lot of people."

She said the league visited a centre for the aged in the area and helped with the food gardens, which residents had been struggling to establish.

"For the elderly to work in the garden is a challenge," said Oosthuizen.

They enjoyed having the young people over. "We should have it more often," she said. Her wish was that someone would make a year-long commitment to help out.

League spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said: "As much as we speak about economic freedom, we understand the key components are about looking after people in general, including the elderly."

It was irrelevant that the family welfare organisations they visited were run by Afrikaners.

"I don't think the divisions in our society are such that we [should] forget that we are one people," she said.

Every year on Mandela's birthday, people are encouraged to donate 67 minutes of their time to some form of community service in his honour.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-07-18 15:55

    Now this is what the ANCYL should be doing, helping with something constructive and not destructive,Hats off to you.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-18 16:10

      Even I'm impressed.

      Christelle - 2012-07-18 16:12

      I agree Julian. I also hope these guys saw that the Afrikaner is not the enemey - people generally have a desire to stand together and make our country work. Starting at this level is encouraging

      Niel.Kal - 2012-07-18 16:19

      I wander what King Julius did today... Thank you ANCYL, nobody can argue with positive , honest actions..well done..

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-18 16:20

      They have a hidden agenda...!!! Get them out now! Never trust the ANCYL!!!

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-18 16:23

      @ Bardy. Thinking aloud again :) I was going to suggest that they were merely " casing the joint " or in it for the food. But what the hell, lets give them the benifit of the doubt. Afterall there is some good in almost everyone, even if it does take a special occasion to bring it out !

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 16:30

      Maybe they were just casing the joint. LOL!!! Okay, I couldn't resist. I'm shocked too. Well done ANCYL, keep it up!

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-18 16:32

      I would be more impressed if the YL helped out at an old age home in a place like Krugersdorp as opposed to Khutsong, where the residents may be white.... I don't think it matters who runs it.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 16:40

      True that John, or maybe the ANCYL could go build a high school in Oranje, that would really be sending a message.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-07-18 16:41

      It must be snowing?

      rontheogre - 2012-07-18 17:00

      Now if this is the result, I say let us celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday every day.

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-19 09:20

      they better check if anything is missing

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-07-21 19:19

      ...and also encouraging the youth to get a degree...

      Clint Thorpe - 2013-05-24 14:54

      Is it not obvious that this is all happening in the run up to elections next year...take off your blinkers!

  • sibiya.nqubeko - 2012-07-18 15:56

    ANCYL helps at "AFRIKANER"-run home for aged. News24 loves controversies...

      drishworth - 2012-07-18 16:16

      I stand to be corrected but as far as I know, Khutsong is a Black township so I am assuming that the old age home is for Black people - which is being run 365 days a year by White Afrikaaner women - so what is so great about the Black youth going to lend a hand for 67 minutes to help their own kind?

      Christelle - 2012-07-18 16:23

      Drishworth, we have such division in our country (and a lot of it created by leadership)that it is enlightning for us to see that the YL, who is constantly busy with "wartalk" is helping a white woman who is helping elderly black people. And I don't think we should talk about "their own kind" At the end of the day, we are all of the same kind - humankind....

      drishworth - 2012-07-18 16:39

      I agree with you Christelle that with so much bad mouthing going on, and dare I say with so much of it directed at the 'disgusting' Afrikaaner, - it was heartening to read this article but I was making a very valid comment that we shouldn't be fawning all over these people for doing what they did for 67 minutes - a lot of South Africans today have devoted 67 minutes of their time to a valuable cause - what makes what they did so special? As SOTOBE pointed out, NEWS24 was highly controversial in their headline - they highlighted the divide between Black and White - perhaps the headline should have read 'ANCYL help out at Khutsong Old Age Home' - and then perhaps slipped into the story the fact that it is run by Afrikaaner women.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-18 16:00

    "20 likes" for this young lions. Keep pushing the main agenda.

      tommo.too - 2012-07-18 21:50

      sorry mate, you got twenty dislikes. And....

      digger.dighead - 2013-02-25 02:58

      What agenda peter??? Oh yes the Malema agenda...go on and at the same time move to Zim and leave the rest of us to try and build a new South Africa. As for the ANCYL, well done keep up the positive actions and you will receive positive reactions...

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-18 16:01

    That's how things can change if we ALL work together...!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-18 16:03

    Now this is fantastic news...well done..ANCYL

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-18 16:06

    Nice one guys .

  • andrew.whale.39 - 2012-07-18 16:09

    Back to 'hating on everything' for the next 8759 hours of the year... Why is this even news?

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-07-18 16:15

      "Why is this even news" - Because it may be the first constructive thing the ANCYL has done that has been reported on. I dont care who they are helping but that they are doing good. The thing youth need to understand is that you don't get and then give. You are meant to give of yourself and then you get. A very difficult lesson to learn for anyone.

      Christelle - 2012-07-18 16:25

      Andrew, we need good news! Period! Lebeau - the madam is too busy sorting out the crap caused by the ANC in Limpopo. She is many things, but not an octopus - she cannot have her hands everywhere.

      andrew.whale.39 - 2012-07-18 16:32

      Rob : "Because it may be the first constructive thing the ANCYL..", it's not at their own initiative. They're just being seeing as doing something for 67 minutes which in complete juxtaposition to the way they ordinarily conduct themselves. Lebeau: This isn't about political alignment. This is about a whole nation of people who know better with regards to what the ANCYL do and say verses an hour in a day in an entire year, and people are singing their praises? It's insanity. If this sort of thing was part of their usual undertaking I'd be more inclined to offer positive comments.

      dieter.erxleben.1 - 2012-07-18 16:33

      Hatefull Supporters come on Lebeau how many DA songs are there about shooting people?

      andrew.whale.39 - 2012-07-18 16:36

      @Christelle.J Yes, we need good news. I agree with you wholeheartedly. But what we don't need are gestures for the sake of gesturing. And that's what this is. This isn't a change in the way the ANCYL is going to conduct themselves at any future juncture.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-18 16:43

      Andrew, we dont need your twisted positive comments, just shove them, where it is warm.

      andrew.whale.39 - 2012-07-18 16:48

      mphozana.manfred Thank you for your highly cerebral contribution to this thread! I shall take it under advisement.

      Christelle - 2012-07-18 16:52

      Andrew, I agree with your last comment - what is a fact is the YL did not do this of their own accord - it is inspired by the 67 minutes for Madiba. What we constantly hear though, is that the YL is busy with the nonsense we know they are constantly busy with. I think we all just want to enjoy basking in a bit of good news for a change. Whether they are going to change their attitude as a group, I don't believe so. But one person could spoken to an elderly about how this "white" woman is helping them, and that could change that person's attitude. It just takes one person at a time you know.

      andrew.whale.39 - 2012-07-18 17:00

      Christelle, I think we've found a mutual understanding! Thank you :)

  • sbu.mahwai - 2012-07-18 16:12

    Ok please News24 stop it now - the headline should have been "ANCYL helps home for aged, its irrelevant to point out that its Afrikaner-run. Anyway thats commendable from the ANCYL

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-18 17:19

      Chief: News24 benefits from Ad Revenue. The business is pulling people on their platforms and sell that to advertisers. They couldn't be bothered about the hate speech going on here. You don't have to be the sharpest pencil in the tool box to see this. Unethical actually.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-07-18 16:13

    Faith in humanity restored....but cant tell if really caring or just looking for votes..

  • ishmael.mona - 2012-07-18 16:13

    south africans love feel good days. I'ts gonna be the flip side of this tomorrow. O 'oh! let me not be the pessimist and say yahdaboi YL

  • zikhona3 - 2012-07-18 16:16

    Great news together we can develop the society Mandela was dreaming about,its best birth day gift for Tata Mandela. Dankie Enkosi Thank you south africans

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-18 16:18

    Gud move

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-07-18 17:41

      nothing was stolen or burnt i hope

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-07-18 16:19

    @News 24, where is the articles about all the Afrikaners that help at black schools, creches and elderly homes.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-18 16:26

      Unfortunately the good that whites do is very rarely mentioned. Credit is not given where it is due. Perhaps it is expected & not worthy of praise to those in the higher echelons.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 16:31

      It was all over the radio stations this morning.

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-18 16:36

      Incidentally, it is mentioned, the home is run by a white afrikaner woman. Is that not good??

      louwc - 2012-07-18 16:39

      This is a black old age home, just happens to be funded and managed by an Afrikaans Women's Federation.

      mathaboduduzile - 2012-07-18 17:31

      Lol whites r always 'helping' blacks mos...sum geniwine n sum pretenders!

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-07-18 16:21

    Even in my township I saw whites doing volunteer work at an old age home and other places. Politics and race aside, there is hope for race relations in SA.

      Christelle - 2012-07-18 17:03

      Peter, I agree with you. I think we would be a whole lot better of with our race relations if the politicians don't fuel the division. If you generally see on grassroots level how people act towards each other, it's quite different to what the politicians make it out to be. Sometimes I wonder whether they use it as a tool to stay in power. Fuel the anger and you will carry on voting for us.

      tommo.too - 2012-07-18 21:55

      This is sooooo cool Peter. Thanks for sharing bru...

      digger.dighead - 2013-02-25 03:10

      Peter well said and Chris you are spot on...they don't want us to get along really and very seldom do you hear anything positive coming out of even the Presidents month. At the end of the day we need each other one way or the other and must work together.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-07-18 16:23

    Thank you ANCYL those aged people will have appreciated it more than you would ever know

      tommo.too - 2012-07-18 21:57

      Ja, the whole nation appreicates it hey. I am very very happy about this

  • boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-07-18 16:23

    They know whats good for them ! Pasop bliksems! Ek kyk vir julle.

  • pacmanza - 2012-07-18 16:29

    cool propaganda...

      tommo.too - 2012-07-18 21:58

      Aw cumon Pacmanza, give them a chance. Sometime you gotta start with something?

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-07-18 16:38

    Dare I say it well done ancyl,are doing this sort of thing not more fulfilling other than hatespeech and the absurd rhetoric that you guys are often spewing?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-18 16:38

    It's sustainable 'good will' and future policies that count. Anyone can 'wear a hat' for 67 minutes to put a feather in it. I'm glad to hear this, but we all know it's skin deep.

  • king.koffi.9 - 2012-07-18 16:46

    i wonder what positive a thing did Afri-Forum do today!its also their chance to shine like the young lions!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-18 16:51

    South Africa is alive with possibilities

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-18 16:52

    But then again I wonder what faction of the ANCYL they were , kikikikikiki

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-18 16:53

      Probably the trojan DA faction

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-18 16:55

      DA YOUTH moles posing as ANCYL ?

      tommo.too - 2012-07-18 22:00

      Yep, you gottit right Mr M. Magine it was true???

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-18 17:00

    LMAO - damage control. I feel insulted actually. We dont share the same intellect as their followers so cant be fooled or fed manure.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-07-18 17:16

      Your assumption that your 'intellect' is superior to that of ANCYL supporters is unfounded and a sure sign of your stupidity!\r\n\r\nSuch comments, from people like yourself, are the reason unity in our beautiful country will not be possiple.\r\n\r\nThere's nothing superior about you!

      digger.dighead - 2013-02-25 03:29

      beki.khumalo, how far back do you want to start comparing the differences between European and African? Do you really what to go down that road? No, no I feel way too good right now to respond to your comment and will leave it for some other time!! Anyway, as for your opinion that unity will never be "possiple" you are wrong. There is already lots of that going around with many different people in this beautiful country of ours...

  • victor.peters.902 - 2012-07-18 17:07

    Well done you guys from the ANCYL.You shall get your reward.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-18 17:08

    after this the ANCYL should patrol the farms of the Van Tonders and Van der Merwes

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-07-18 17:13

      And'll starve! Haha good luck with that.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-18 17:22

      Hey monna I said patrol , not ransack !

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-07-18 17:26

      Lol Apologys mgayi I somehow misread \patrol\ as \petrol bomb\. My bad :)

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-18 18:39

      @Jason kikikikikiki ,what a difference one letter makes

  • fred.booysen1 - 2012-07-18 17:16


      thembae.zungu - 2012-07-19 15:32

      Even at this time I still have hatred about Afrikaaner, they killed my father, I hate everything about them.!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-21 20:22

      ,,@.thembae.zungu Ons gaan almal dood, vroƫr of later vir een of ander rede, Translation..We all die sooner or later for some reason or other. Learn to forgive and forget.. or just forgive and remember.

  • jmutisi - 2012-07-18 17:17

    Why 67 mins. What does it mean.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-18 17:23

      See what the shredding of books does , which century are you from ?

      Nicola Killops - 2012-07-18 17:47

      67 years signify the 67 years of Mandela's political career and campaigning for human rights.

  • avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-18 17:24

    I really want to read ALL comments in this one....! The comments one will tell you exactly where our country stands and where it is heading.

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-18 17:32

      Good fot them. Whether they did it for the publicity or kindness of their hearts at least the deserving people were blessed. That's one way of bringing people together don't you agree?

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-18 17:32

    Overcome them with your capacity to love!! ALUTA!!

  • jean.reymore - 2012-07-18 17:32

    I agree with Bardy - There, although a good deed (and I am honest when credit is due), are hidden agendas here, I am telling you.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-21 20:29

      ..Jean, So am I but lets give them the benefit of the doubt. Seems this new President of the Youth League is less aggresive and more of "thinking" person than his predesessor. Time will tell though.

  • Zama - 2012-07-18 17:40

    Thank you Madiba God bless you every second of the day.

  • Zama - 2012-07-18 17:43

    Was Juju there at that time? Very good juju very good

      Wesley Bischoff - 2012-07-18 20:54

      No, he was with Winnie and Floyd

  • Gerhard1Marais - 2012-07-18 18:06

    Great to have a platform for Propoganda!

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-18 18:27

    Miracles still happen. Even today. For once well done ANCYL.

  • - 2012-07-18 18:55

    Most people know madiba spent 27 years in prison but what most don't know is he spent 67 years fighting racism, in answer to those who have been wondering why 67 and not 60

  • john.mahlahlane - 2012-07-18 19:11

    What a possitive gesture by the ANCYL.Let it not be the first and last.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-18 19:51

    Excellent! I want to join the ANCYL. As a junior member. Where can I apply?

  • charlotte.vandongen.3 - 2012-07-18 20:46

    well done ANCYL, let us all rather follow Tata's example of tolerance, instead of continuously slurring each other, why keep the visious circle going,it just is so destructive. Good examples breeds good examples!!!

  • eish.afrika - 2012-07-18 21:00

    Hahahahahahaha! Afrikaans owned, helping people of ALL races for a long time, and then suddenly the ANCYL decides to - WOW - donate 67 minutes to the plight of these people, before running back to their pimped out cribs in their pimpmobiles! What a blatantly obvious bit of politicking that can only be laughed at! They really are making mamparas of themselves, everything they do just shows them up even more! Hahahahahaha

  • tamaryn.munro - 2012-07-18 21:16

    HELL yes... this is a Youth League that *should* be associated with our ruling party... not destruction, but *building* and growing... Well done, every single one of you

  • clive.brink - 2012-07-18 21:17

    Build bridges instead of building barriers and divides. Big ups to that branch of the ANCYL. Respect!

  • Ryan - 2012-07-19 06:32

    Purely a publicity stunt, nothing more. Today there are no ANCYL members anywhere near the Afrikaner run old age home. Dont be fooled by ANCYL

  • phil.graham.3762 - 2012-07-19 07:00

    Give credit where credit is due ! I wish that more people would adopt this attitude. Well done the ANCYL. For once we are on the same side.!!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-19 07:31

    perhaps they should have helped out in Limpopo, delivering schoolbooks, but it is a positive sign none the less, well done, the question is, is this a flash in the pan deed for political motives or a genuine effort to make a difference? time will tell.

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  • Sipho Mbuyazi - 2013-05-24 20:48

    The ANC is for the people and finally instilling those values to the youth. More good to come . . .

  • Annemarie White - 2013-05-25 06:03

    We can

  • Alan Davis - 2013-05-25 11:01

    Only for a few minutes? Could this not be an ongoing thing and not a political "look at us" campain? THAT would make a better impression and hope for all - not just the elderly.

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