What a Celebration during Mandela Day
Bushbuckridge Water makes a Difference
Bushbuckridge Water and other stakeholders joined hands to celebrate the Mandela Day at the heart of Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, Angincourt village. Tiyisanani Vatswari Disabled and Old Age Centre was visited to spend the day with them on the 18th July to celebrate the 95th birthday of the icon Tata Madiba.
In return for social advancement, the day started by cleaning the Center building. It was raining hence some of the activities like painting were postponed to another day, but it never deter employees from DWA and BW to clean the garden for planting seeds. Bushbuckridge Water handed over to the Center blankets, adult diapers and groceries. The smiles on the face of the recipient, gave a satisfying feeling that indeed a difference has been made into the Center.
Representing the water utility, Ms E. Radingwana Director- Water Services explained that it will be wrong to let the rich legacy of Tata Mandela be celebrated more by international community, while we fold our hands. As water board we felt it important to come and celebrate this day with the Center. She further appeals to the members of the community not to spend 67 minutes only on 18th of July, but create space to help communities at all times. She emphasize further that the Center still needs more amenities to ensure that members receives the care and dignity they deserve.
Speaking on behalf of the Center, Ms Ntimane Glenrose indicated that it started in 1993; and has 27 members that are old and physically disadvantaged. They are supported by donations from various companies and individuals. They also manage food parcels programme for 25 poor households with the support from local supermarkets. It’s not easy to run a center where most if not all members cannot walk or feed themselves. The donations from various stakeholders came at the right moment to eliminate hardship within the Center.
Among stakeholders we had Mkhuhlu Shoprite; DWA Regional Mpumalanga who were in partnership with the water board, Councillor Mbhandze of BLM and other community members. We all converge to respect the world’s greatest man who dedicated his life trying to make a difference into people’s lives.
The center still needs assistance from the public to complete their structure; samaritans can contact the Director of the Center Ms Glenrose on 0724912250.