As part of July Mandela Month, Deputy Minister Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa joined the entire progressive world on the 10th anniversary of International Nelson Mandela Day (18 July 2019), by joining hands with officials from Goodwood Management Area, to do good for the vulnerable and less fortunate.
Nkosi Holomisa visited Salberau Cottages, a community centre for the aged, which houses 96 elderly persons. The purpose of the Deputy Minister’s stopover was to donate beanies, scarfs and blankets to residents of the centre. The items were knitted by parolees, probationers and ex-offenders as a gesture of goodwill and to give back to the community. Nkosi Holomisa also used the visit to provide a meal of soup and steam buns to the beneficiaries. Officials from Goodwood Community Corrections cleaned windows at the centre to show support for the 67 minutes initiative on International Nelson Mandela Day.
Deputy Minister Holomisa, who was accompanied by Western Cape Regional Commissioner Delekile Klaas, acting CDC Community Corrections Veliswa Mvandaba and Goodwood Area Commissioner Moliehi Sebotsa, proceeded to Mfuleni Primary School where he donated school shoes and socks to 200 learners. Nkosi Holomisa inspected the school facilities and urged the Regional Commissioner to utilise offender labour to do other maintenance work, including building a play area for the learners.
The Deputy Minister applauded the officials for going beyond the call of duty, and out of their good hearts, raise funds to help the learners. Nkosi Holomisa concluded his visit by encouraging community members to demonstrate confidence in the rehabilitation programmes rendered by DCS, by receiving former inmates back into their communities and supporting them as they seek to rebuild their lives.
The 2019 International Nelson Mandela Day was commemorated under the theme: “Action against poverty”.