Sedibeng Disjtrict Municipality
Sedibeng honours Mandela Day 18 July 2016

The Executive Mayor inspecting the old vereeniging hospital dwellings with Mr. Jan Esterhuizen and government delegates.

The Executive Mayor handing food parcels to a child headed family.

The Executive Mayor and government delegates cutting a cake baked in honour of the day at Thabong Mall.

The Executive Mayor handing out food parcels at Thabong Mall.

  Sedibeng Executive Mayor Busi Modisakeng accompanied by the members of the District Communications Forum (DCF) representing different departments and sponsors, visited different places during the Mandela Day programme to speak to different communities. 

Mandela Day is a day in which people around South Africa and the world are called to serve the community for just 67 minutes and to do so in order to make the country a better place. This year Sedibeng region decided to use their 67 minutes to change the atmosphere in the region by doing some cleaning and issuing food parcels to the needy.

The entourage started at the 21 Old Hospital in Vereeniging where poorest of the poor communities decided to occupy an unused dilapidated hospital building for their habitation.  The surroundings are dirty, children who are supposed to be at school are wandering around.  There are only two communal taps in the area and few movable toilets for a place that is dominated by people who look sickly and hungry.

The Executive Mayor gave food parcels and blankets to the community.  She assured the community that her office will together with the ward councilor to change their lives for the better.  “We will make sure that the situation is changed for the better because it is very sad to see in this community lives that have not changed,” said the Executive mayor Modisakeng.

One resident who received parcels Jan Esterhuizen who is 51 years old living with his partner, was ecstatic about the government coming to the area to visit them and requested that it must not stop with Mandela Day.  “I wish the government could have a plan for this place and I am happy that at least the council showed that it is aware of our situation by coming to visit us,” said Esterhuizen.

The next visit was in Polokong where the entourage cleaned a child headed home.  The programme culminated with the mayor visiting Thabong Mall in Sebokeng to address the community there and also give the elders some food parcels.

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