MARSELLE women took it upon themselves to collaborate in showing that it is never too late to fill 67 minutes with community service.
Clinic sister Irene Msimang in collaboration with the Community Work Programme (CWP) painted local elder Billy Phindile’s home last Friday.
“Tata Billy stays here all alone,” clinic manager Sister Asanda Manxoweni explained. “We as a clinic are short staffed, so we contacted the CWP to assist us”.
Within an hour, stakeholders had also managed to collect food parcels for underprivileged community members with little to no resources.
“We are working at the clinic, so this is one of the outreach projects we’re working on in the township,” Manxoweni said.
The collaborative effort between Marselle Clinic and the CWP led to the beginning process of restoring three houses in Marselle, as a means of honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
The CWP is an innovative offering from government to provide a job safety net for unemployed people of working age which provides a bridging opportunity for unemployed youth and others who are actively looking for employment opportunities through providing networking opportunities, with extra cash to support them in their search for full-time or part-time employment.
Historically, women would build and maintain the family homesteads – a tradition which has been reawakened in the spirit of Tata Madiba who dreamt of a world where people engage in service for each other.