Spreading warmth and care this Mandela Day

Prominent personalities honour Nelson Mandela by caring for the indigent on his birthday.

American singer Tevin Campbell at the Reabilwe Community Centre in Benoni. Picture: Sun International

JOHANNESBURG - In the spirit of Mandela Day, Sun International's The Maslow Hotel and American singer Tevin Campbell feed the indigent this winter.

Temperatures are expected to plummet to early digits in July, a time when disadvantaged communities, desperately in need of food and warmth, need the most help.

A roving soup kitchen manned by, Miss South Africa 2016, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and Sun International staff.

For Mandela Day, the team accompanied by American singer Tevin Campbell, drove to Reabilwe Community Centre in Benoni East to deliver warmth.

The Maslow has committed to provide 300 cups of soup a day, three times a week throughout the month of July, and distribute blankets.

Members of the Reabilwe community with American singer Tevin Campbell and Sun International staff on Mandela Day, 18 July 2016. Picture: Sun International

At the same time, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown spent Mandela Day in Grabouw cleaning the Palmiet River which flows through several poor communities in the Overberg region.

Brown also painted a local hall with members of the community.

The minister says locals need to be educated about the various issues plaguing the community, adding that one of those issues is illegal connections and the dangers thereof.

"It as part of the celebration, but it's also looking at what is it that Eskom operating within Grabouw should be looking at going forward."

Minister Brown pledged to return at least ten times a year to assist locals with improving the area.

"I want a long-term solution for the Palmiet River, the mess that happens in the river, because when it gets to dam its already too late. I want to see if there's a project that we can start here and then come back ten times a year."



In Cape Town, residents of a Mitchell's Plain frail care centre received new wheelchairs and mattresses from Mayor Patricia de Lille.



It formed part of de Lille's 67 minutes for Mandela Day.

The Mayor says the City's accredited solar water heater companies have also offered to donate and install three solar water heater systems worth more than R60, 000.

"Our visit to the Beaconvale frail car centre is part of the City's broader programme of looking after the senior citizens in Cape Town. But the building also needs repairs, and the City donated some toilet ports."

Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and some members of her team joined designer Gert-Johan Coetzee at Afrika Tikkun, in Braamfontein, to plant vegetables, serve food to children - among numerous- other activities - in celebration of International Mandela Day 2016.

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