Umdoni mayor, staff and MEC brighten up children’s lives: ‘Live Mandela Day, every day’

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Guided by the profound statement of the late Nelson Mandela “Our children are our future and one of the basic responsibilities is to care of them in the best and most compassionate manner possible”, Umdoni Municipality together with the KZN Department of Treasury and various departments actively spent their 67 minutes of Mbulula Crèche in Dumisa area on International Mandela Day.

The leadership led by the Mayor, Cllr Thabani Dube who is also the Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) Local Task Team (LTT) Champion and MEC for Treasury Department, Mr Ravi Pillay rolled their sleeves and conducted good deeds and painted the crèche which was in dire need of a facelift, planted a vegetable garden and as well as trees.

Mayor Thabani Dube and MEC Ravi Pillay conducting painiting work at the creche.

The crèche which has an enrolment of 50 children also received sleeping mats and blankets, learning material, and appliances to assist in daily operations of the crèche.

The municipality identified a crèche in resonance of Madiba’s passion for children and education which was at the apex of his priorities in developing our communities and country.

Our aim as the different spheres of government was to reiterate the importance of education in bettering our communities and instil hope of a bright future to the minors and their parents regardless of their current circumstance.

Although International Mandela Day is commemorated on 18 July of every year, we plead with Umdoni community at large to live this day every day and practise acts of random kindness to the less fortunate as often as possible, as per Nelson Mandela’s words that say, “There is no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”

Learner Doctors from GJ Crookes together with an official from Department of Health and Department of Justice and the Umdoni Municipality Municipal Manager.

Over and above caring for the children, five learner doctors from GJ Crookes Hospital conducted much-needed house visits doing routine checks on chronic ailments. These young doctors acquired their primary health care during the six years they spent in Cuba.

Massive support was received from various departments who also rolled up their sleeves to make this day a success. A helping hand was also received from the Departments of Agriculture and Justice and members of the Umdoni OSS LTT.

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