by Siza Sopapaza

Charity for Madiba

Ubuntu in action

Giving back for Madiba
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Cape Media Corporation (CMC) celebrated former president Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday, by taking part in the 67 minutes of goodwill campaign. More than 100 CMC employees traveled to the dusty streets of Nyanga East on the Cape Flats, to lend a helping hand to a struggling daycare centre. Under the auspices of the SmilingOne non-governmental organisation, CMC joined hands with Pick 'n Pay Kenilworth branch to donate food and toys to the children at Ivy Nyovane Educare in Mau Mau section of Nyanga East. Built on an abandoned piece of land along Lansdowne Road on the edge of the township, the school needs a lot of support. The children were served with hot dogs for lunch and light drinks to wash everything down. CMC employees cleared the school garden and prepare the soil for planting trees. Some of the staff played soccer with future Bafana Bafana stars. Staff members also fed the children with hot cups of soup and made hand painting on the inside wall of the old creche building. According to CMC staffer and Ubuntu magazine Editor Tracee Harvard, Sonja Kruse, otherwise known as the Ubuntu girl, a community builder supported by the magazine, recommended the company join the SmilingOne Foundation for the Mandela Day event on 18 July 2012. “Our Ubuntu girl approached us with her plans for the Mandela Day Changemaker initiative for the Ivy Nyovane Educare and we jumped in to help,” Harvard said. Harvard said the company then approached Pick 'n Pay store in Kenilworth for sponsorship. The store's assistant store manager, Renshaw Fouten, said when the store was approached they were only happy to help. “One of our values is to give back to the community in whichever way we can. From now on, we will keep this school on our radar for future support,” he said. Fouten explained that Pick 'n Pay are corporate agents and, therefore, his branch was open to working with organisations that give back to the community and will happily do so in future. A founding member of the Ivy Nyovane Educare, Ester Zonke, who also lives in Nyanga East, says the creche was opened in 1968. “Ivy Nyovane lived here in Nyanga East in the 1960s. She was instrumental in organising resources, including funding for the establishment of the school. That is why we named the school after her,” Zonke said. She said after years of struggle, the school established contact with the SmilingOne Foundation's head, Karina Andersen in 2010. “They helped us get sponsorships from shops and supermarkets. Before then, we could not get funds,” she added. She said the SmilingOne Foundation has also set up a weekend programme for the children. “On weekends we cook for the children in the community. We have a full programme for them on Saturdays,” Zonke said. She said the children were informed about the importance of Madiba's birthday. “I want to thank SmilingOne and Cape Media for giving the children food, the weekend social programme, collecting clothes for children and so on,” she explained.
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