Mandela Day: port employees take #ActionAgainstPoverty
19 July 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915563
EMPLOYEES from Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) marked the 10th anniversary of Nelson Mandela International Day at charitable organisations across the country, ranging from youth centres, schools, children’s and old age homes, palliative care organisations, informal settlements, hospitals and more.
The Eastern Cape was no exception, with the Port of East London’s Mandela Day activities impacting close to 2000 beneficiaries at organisations nominated by various employees. Among these was a donation of 10 mattresses to Sivenathi Special Care Centre in Fort Beaufort in a joint project between TNPA and the East London IDZ - a positive spinoff of the five-year MOU signed by TNPA, the IDZ and the Buffalo City Municipality.
Shelves were supplied and fitted in the library of Inyathi Primary School in Ziphunzana, Duncan Village, which has over 1200 learners. It was nominated by Basokazi Mthembu of the port’s Engineering department.
Soup and bread were donated to Buffalo Flats Soup Kitchen, nominated by Kim Williams of the Finance department. A gas burner and groceries were donated to Mpundu Old Age Centre in Alice, nominated by Lizo Kibita of the Finance department.
IT equipment was donated to Happy Youth Art Centre in Mdantsane, nominated by Vuyolwethu Makunga of the port’s Property department. Facilities were upgraded and repairs carried out to broken windows, switches and plugs at Funukwazi Training Centre in Mdantsane, nominated by Mlindi Sambane of the Engineering department.
The port’s safety, health and environment department also conducted a clean-up of port grounds.
Volunteers from the Port of Ngqura observed Mandela Day at Sinethemba Children's Care Centre in Korsten, Nelson Mandela Bay, which is home to 46 children between the age of three to 21 years, many of whom are orphaned or vulnerable. The TNPA Ngqura team carried out gardening, cleaning and laundry.
Port of PE volunteers visited Inn Safe Hands, which runs two day care centres – one in Shauderville and another in Salt Lake – as well as a children’s home accommodating 13 kids between the ages of four and 20.
The other beneficiary was Emmanuel Haven, hosting 71 children between the ages of 3 and 6 years at a day care centre in Motherwell. The employees treated the kids to fun activities and also provided them with much needed equipment to the value of R150 000.
Inn Safe Hands received teaching aids, educational material, books, mattresses, a gas stove and cylinders, a washing machine, a fridge, kitchen utensils, an iron, blankets and groceries. Emmanuel Haven received eight tyres for their combi, teaching aids, electrical stoves, a fridge, kitchen utensils and groceries. The employees also rolled up their sleeves by helping to clean the area and they cooked a meal for the children and staff.
According to the TNPA, its Mandela Day programme is always enthusiastically supported by its head office, eight commercial ports, as well as its specialist business units.