Port employees from Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) heeded the global call to mark Nelson Mandela International Day by being of service to others. This year the Authority encouraged employees who volunteer for causes in their personal time, to nominate organisations they wished to support through TNPA’s Mandela Day activities. TNPA’s activities impacted more than 15 organisations and thousands of disadvantaged individuals across schools, old age homes, palliative care organisations, informal settlements and many more. Staff from TNPA’s Johannesburg head office - including some of the national executive committee – cleaned cooked and repaired at the premises of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of South Africa. Head Office staff also visited Alexandra Malebese Home to deliver grocery donations and spend time with the children in the care of the home. The Port of Durban team partnered with SAI Feeding Scheme to provide meals for close to 3,000 vulnerable people in and around Durban, visiting Wilson’s Wharf and the Raffia Road and Welbedacht informal settlements in Chatsworth. Holy Cross Hospice in eMoyeni was where Port of Richards Bay employees chose to volunteer their time. The Port of Cape Town team painted and cleaned at Shiloh Education Centre and donated groceries to Douglas Murray Home Retreat and Thandokuhle Arthur Makubo Foundation. They also cleaned up and painted at Zanemfundo Primary School in partnership with Beautiful Gate South Africa. Employees from the Port of Saldanha visited the biggest NGO on the West Coast, Siyabonga Care Village, alongside other companies and government organisations. The centre provides health, social welfare, disability and early childhood development (ECD) services to the West Coast community. TNPA donated non-perishables and spent the day with the residents. Fun recreational activities included a record-breaking attempt, music, games facilitated by the Western Cape Government’s Department of . . .
Three generations of Albert Luthuli’s family walked alongside hundreds of athletes, industry leaders and the general public at the second annual Chief Albert Luthuli Legacy Walk and Half Marathon on Saturday, 22 July 2017 in Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal. The event followed a week-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Luthuli’s untimely death. Its route closely followed the final path he took before he was allegedly struck by a train on the railway bridge in Groutville on 21 July 1967. Thandi Luthuli Gcabashe, Chief Albert Luthuli’s daughter, led a group of participants that included the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Africa’s first Nobel Peace Laureate “I admired the happy, jolly spirit everyone exhibited to create a beautiful Luthuli ambience. We were lucky to have him as a father,” she said. “Special thanks to Zakhele Gumede, the originator of the walk and half marathon and all those involved. We look forward to growing the number of participants in years to come.” Another highlight of the week was President Jacob Zuma’s unveiling of a new memorial stone at the grave of Luthuli and his wife at Groutville’s United Congregational Church. Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC, Sihle Zikalala pledged his department’s support for the walk and half marathon in future. He said he hoped this would help it grow into a major sports and community event for the province. He described Luthuli as a liberation struggle giant who was recognised internationally for his efforts to end racial segregation in South Africa. The commemorative walk and half marathon was initiated last year by Groutville community member Zakhele Gumede and enjoys the support of the Ilembe District Municipality, the KwaDukuza Municipality, Enterprise iLembe and the Luthuli Museum. Transnet was also a primary sponsor this year. KwaDukuza Municipality Mayor, Ricardo Mthembu said: “This day is very important to us as people of KwaDukuza because as you . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – The Eastern Cape’s largest shopping and retail centre, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, is also set to become one of the region’s key outdoor sporting destinations after a busy winter holiday season on its newly launched mountain bike trails. On Thursday, the shopping centre handed over the proceeds from its Ride for the Youth launch event, which took place on National Youth Day, to the Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre. Around 300 riders took part in the 1km kids’ dash, 6km and 12km social rides, and 18km feature race on June 16, raising R5,000 in the process. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Baywest Mall’s marketing manager, Lindsay Steele, said co-sponsors Old Mutual, Nutritech and Fat Tracks Mountain Bike Club had unanimously agreed on the beneficiary, as it was the oldest youth care centre in the city, providing support for over one hundred children between the ages of four and 18 years. “Our Youth Day event was all about encouraging families to spend quality time together exploring our beautiful trails, so it was especially important to support those youngsters who don’t have that advantage,” said Steele. She confirmed that there had been an uptick in interest in the trails over the past few weeks owing to the school holidays and awareness around the launch event. “Because of the success of our family ride, we are looking at making it an annual event on our calendar as well as hosting similar events, such as trail running. But we encourage members of the public to come and enjoy our trails any day of the year.” According to Fat Tracks chairman Johan Gerryts, the Baywest MTB Trails cross technically undemanding terrain, with varied coastal bush, fynbos and forest scenery. “It’s a well-balanced mix of 10% gravel road, 40% Jeep track and 50% single track. Riders can choose to do the full 12km loop or take one of the shortcuts for a 6km or 9km ride,” said Gerryts. The trails start opposite the Fun Factory . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – The team from SVA International donated boxes of non-perishable supplies to Isithembiso Babies Home but came away with much more following their visit on Mandela Day (July 18). This is according to head of the Eastern Cape office, Debbie Wintermeyer, who identified the home for orphaned and abandoned babies as the beneficiary of the annual initiative. “Isithembiso is a well-established, reputable facility that does amazing work at grassroots level,” said Wintermeyer. “The children here have all had a difficult start and the aim is to see them placed in a loving and secure family environment. She said her office had sponsored a number of items on the home’s shopping list, including dry food and nappies, which were an ongoing need. “As an architectural firm, we are constantly upgrading our equipment and programmes, so we also donated a gently used laptop and will provide IT support where needed.” Wintermeyer said one of her staff members had also conducted an assessment of the facility to identify areas where structural elements and interior spaces could be improved. These recommendations were reported to the home’s management team for consideration. “For businesses in the hard corporate world, Mandela Day serves as an important reminder to look at the softer, simpler aspects of life and to find ways to serve others with humility and respect,” said Wintermeyer. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape joined hands with Love Story to continue their initiative of assisting those in need when they hosted their second City Feed Lunch in Fleming Street near the City Hall in Port Elizabeth on Mandela Day. As part of their commitment to celebrating Mandela Day, the retailer poured their resources into supplying lunch for about 200 homeless people, as well as providing a few treats. "We offered tea and coffee for those who were there on arrival and also handed out cupcakes as dessert to try to ensure it was a memorable occasion for them," said SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship controller Roseann Shadrach. She added they were introduced to the concept by Elaine Watson of Love Story, an organisation which manages feeding schemes in the city centre each day of the week. "The City Feed is a perfect opportunity to give back to the community because we are able to provide the ingredients for the meals, as well as volunteering our services to make sure everyone is looked after," she said. "We felt that by helping the homeless we can ensure that they not only receive a hot meal, but also have some of their dignity restored." Shadrach said Love Story prepared the meals while they provided volunteers from the SPAR Eastern Cape distribution centre to serve all those who attended. "We are reminded on the day of the importance of helping others. We use our staff members to serve them their food so they don't stand in queues. However, she said it was not just about fulfilling an initiative for Mandela Day. "We are always exploring new avenues to get involved within our community as we believe it is important to give back to those who support us." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(Oyster Bay) – Children in the Umzamowethu community used art to commemorate the former statesman on Mandela Day and learn about the humanitarian values for which Madiba was universally acclaimed. More than a hundred children from the local community were invited to take part in an initiative by the neighbouring Kouga Wind Farm, which saw them gather for a group art project at the Oyster Bay Community Hall. Guided by well-known Nelson Mandela Bay artists Bretten-Anne Moolman and Dolla Sapeta, the youngsters each received a mystery puzzle piece with basic outlines to colour in and decorate as they saw fit. After spending 67 minutes channelling their creative energies, the young artists signed their pieces and wrote a personal message on the reverse. These were then put together to reveal a large-format image of Madiba, complete with his inspiring words that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Kouga Wind Farm community liaison officer Trevor Arosi said the wind farm had chosen to mark Mandela Bay by “promoting the legacy and ideals that Tata Madiba stood for, such as selflessness and strength in standing and working together.” He said the artwork was a tangible demonstration of the unique part that each individual played in creating “the bigger picture”. “It is extremely important that we teach our children about the founding values of our democracy, so that we can help them build a better future for themselves and South Africa as a whole,” said Arosi. The youngsters were also treated to a short educational theatre production, The Story of Madiba, in which an interactive mix of songs, drumming, dance and storytelling, in Afrikaans and Xhosa, was used to reinforce the message of forgiveness and serving others. Arosi said the wind farm would approach the municipality with a request to hang the artwork in the community hall as a reminder of Mandela’s legacy. The initiative is one of more than R6.5-million . . .
Johannesburg, July 18 2017 - QueerSA Social Development NPC invites the public to nominate grassroots lesbian and gay organisations to benefit from its Mandela Day fundraising drive. QueerSA, a recently founded advocacy group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights and welfare, has been running its Mandela Day fundraiser since June 28, 2017. Sven Hourquebie, Chairperson of QueerSA, said: "If LGBTQI organisations of South Africa were to work together, the everyday LGBTQI person would experience change much sooner. "There is a petition on Change.org to repeal section 6 of the Civil Union Act. It has been revealed that only 28.6% of Home Affairs offices have marriage officers who are willing to marry same-sex couples. The Civil Union Act that legalised same-sex marriage in 2006 allows marriage officers to opt out of registering same-sex marriages on grounds of conscience, religion or belief. So homosexual couples are still being treated as second-class citizens. We want to change that. "Although our country has a very progressive constitution, the average LGBTQI person does not experience the advantages of the fundamental law that is supposed to protect all citizens of our rainbow nation." Apart from the petition to amend the Civil Union Act, QueerSA also wants to help grassroots organisations that help LGBTI people. Hourquebie said that the "corrective rape" of lesbians was an example of the hate crimes that QueerSA opposed. "That is why we invite the public to nominate organisations that should benefit from our fundraiser." Nj Hourquebie, Sven's husband, said that when he started what was to become QueerSA 10 years ago, "I had no idea how desperately the Queer community needed help, not only from society at large, who we see as our allies, but also from within a very divided queer community. "Our tagline, 'Diversity Personified,' was adopted because we are a very diverse community but we also don't want to downplay the . . .
(Mthatha) – The young patients of the paediatric unit at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital will forget their troubles for an hour or two with the delivery of some special treats on Mandela Day (Tuesday, July 18). BT Ngebs City Shopping Centre has partnered with Famous Brands to honour the hospital namesake’s legacy by spending the symbolic 67 minutes bringing cheer and comfort to the more than 200 children in the paediatric, paediatric burns, neonatal, and neonatal high-care wards. BT Ngebs City general manager Lolo Sabisa said two of the mall’s Famous Brands tenants, Debonairs and Mugg & Bean, would join the centre management team in delivering 67 pizzas and 67 slices of cake respectively to the children and nursing staff of the paediatric unit. “Madiba spent 67 years of his life campaigning for social justice, so we have chosen to mark the day by focusing on some of the most vulnerable members of our community, our children. We will use our 67 minutes of community service to brighten their day.” Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, which is situated on the western side of Mthatha, is a government-funded teaching hospital forming part of the Mthatha Hospital Complex. It is the only hospital in the OR Tambo District with a dedicated paediatric unit, and receives referrals from other hospitals and community clinics. Sabisa said the Mandela Day initiative was a small token of recognition for the medical care and services provided to the public. “As the largest shopping mall in Mthatha, we are equally conscious of our role in serving our community and making life a little better for all.” Follow BT Ngebs City on Facebook for more information. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(East London) – For many East London families battling the twin evils of poverty and HIV, a plate of food represents more than a meal – it represents hope. On Saturday, more than 600 volunteers will descend on Hemingways Mall to join Stop Hunger Now SA’s “Rise4Good Challenge” to pack thousands of nutritious meals, which could play a critical role in supporting effective treatment regimes for people on anti-retroviral medication. The meal packs, which include rice, soya and soup mix as well as a vitamin and mineral supplement, will be distributed via various local feeding schemes and charitable organisations to the city’s neediest residents. Among the beneficiaries of this year’s event will be the pupils and families of the independent charity-run Hope Schools in the Wilsonia area of East London. Together, Little Sparklers Educare and Hope Preparatory School cater for 235 children from Grade 00 to Grade 8 – all of whom have been affected, infected or orphaned by HIV. Many of the pupils are on anti-retroviral medication or have caregivers who are ill, and are dependent on the school’s feeding scheme for their daily dietary needs. According to headmaster Nigel Raw, almost 90% of the pupils are bussed to and from school each day, where they receive two cooked meals, breakfast and lunch, and healthy snacks as part of their daily routine. Raw said the almost 9,000 meal packs received following last year’s inaugural Stop Hunger Now event had been incorporated into their school feeding programme. Each meal pack can feed up to 10 children or a family of six. “We have also been able to provide meal packs to feed the children and their families during the school holidays, when they are at home and not under our care,” he said. Hemingways Mall marketing manager Estee Roos confirmed that Hope Schools would once again be among the beneficiaries for this year’s event. “Because the organisation is entirely reliant on donor funding, this event makes a real . . .
The Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) was able to spread some much needed warmth and love this winter by participating in Smile 90.4 FM’s “Winter Wish” campaign. According to Clive Ridgway, Smile 90.4FM programme director, the programme was designed to bring relief and comfort to those in need, with the help of citizens and organisations. "When we planned the Smile 90.4FM 'Winter Wish' programme, we had no idea that this winter would be so severe. The much-needed first rains of the season came with the worst storms in decades. On top of that, we have the drought and declining economy. Those closest to the bread line were obviously the worst affected. The cumulative effect was that many 'Winter Wish' on-air moments carried more emotion and greater significance than we ever expected," Clive says. The radio station received an influx of stories from people across the Western Cape and in the space of four weeks, 41 wishes were granted. One of the listeners who’s lives was changed through the campaign was Norman Mayhew, an army veteran who was diagnosed with brain cancer and lost the use of his legs as a result. His sister Naomi was looking after Norman and their mother, who was also diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. Naomi was taking care of both of them, but could not afford a new wheelchair for Norman, which he desperately needed. “When we heard about Smile 90.4 FM’s drive and Norman’s need for a wheelchair, we saw it as the ideal opportunity to get involved. Thanks to one of our most passionate collectors of breadtags, DB Janse van Rensburg, a grade 11 pupil at Paul Roos Gymnasium, we had enough breadtags to purchase a brand new wheelchair for him,” Adri says. The PSP also arranged with CE Mobility to pay Norman a visit in order to assess his needs and make sure that the right wheelchair was selected to meet his needs. “We are grateful that we were able to use this project to touch yet another person’s life and to bring some much needed relief. . . .