Although a week later than most people did their good deeds for Mandela Day, Ndlambe Municipality staff and members of the community put in their 67 minutes by helping clean Sinethemba learning centre in Marselle last Thursday.
Sinethemba learning centre focuses on families with children with special needs, where they help them with writing, artwork, beadwork and crocheting, just to see where their talents are and what they are good at. Sinethemba has been operational for some years and caters for children with special needs from Marselle and Ekuphumleni in Kenton.
Before the official handover of goodies for the teachers and pupils who attend the centre, municipal staff and community members helped clean the outside and inside of the centre.
Among those who were present were ward councillor Boniswa James, speaker of the council Vivian Maphaphu, and special programmes officer Mluleki Ncapayi.
While waiting for mayor Khululwa Ncamiso, people sang a mix of church songs and struggle songs with celebratory enthusiasm. When the mayor arrived for the official handover she was cheered by the crowd.
Sinethemba learning centre received food parcels, pots to cook from, a stove and an urn to boil water from.
Nonkuthalo Tyokwana, one of the teachers at the learning centre, expressed her gratitude to the people who helped.
“We are very thankful to the municipal staff who did not only help us clean but also bought us food and other items. We are also happy because we don’t normally get sponsors even though we have been operational for a number of years now,” Tyokwana said
“We want to thank them for also making a special effort and cooking for the kids, it really means a lot to us.”
BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU