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Madiba's legacy felt in deep and remote villages

July 2017

By Doctor Marebane and Neo Tsebe

Mandela Day celebration at Moletjie Thusong Service Centre, Limpopo

Mandela Month is about celebrating and commemorating one of South Africa's greatest leaders and a hero who spent 67 years of his life serving the nation. On this day, communities are encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes of their time serving vulnerable and the destitute people.

The Department of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) in partnership with the Capricorn District, Polokwane Municipalities, Limpopo Provincial Government, Samsung Mobile South Africa and SAB commemorated Mandela Day with stakeholders in Moletjie Thusong Service Centre just 30 km outside the city of Polokwane in Limpopo.

In attendance were Polokwane executive mayor Thembi Nkadimeng, MEC of Coghsta Mmakoma Makurupetja, Capricorn District Executive Mayor John Mpe, the first lady of Limpopo Margaret Mathabatha, GCIS acting Director General Zuki Potye, and representatives from Samsung, South African Breweries (SAB), Old Mutual and other stakeholders.

They all had to visit the Bahlaloga Tribal Authority to greet and pay homage to Chief Kgabo Moloto the 3rd before the event could begin.

From the tribal authority they went to the Moletjie Thusong Service Centre were Polokwane Executive Mayor welcomed all and she emphasised the significance of volunteering during Mandela Day celebration.

''Mandela was a great leader and has changed lives of many of us in this hall and it is important to help those who are less privileged. Thank you to SAB, Samsung, Eskom and our colleagues from GCIS for making this event a success,'' she said.

The E-waste management programme initiated by Samsung was launched by the mayor. The project will empower local youth of Moletjie with much needed skill. Samsung also donated electrical appliances to Moletji clinic a microwave, fridge, renovated the clinic with paint, new ceiling and donated to a pensioner who celebrated her 107th birthday early this year a TV, microwave and fridge.
There were also donations from SAB which they gave blankets and food parcels to the elderly, Old mutual donated with gardening starter packs including seedlings for the elderly centre, South African Social Development Security Agency, Eskom, Moletjie FM, Capricorn District and Polokwane Municipalities included food parcels, blankets, shoes, gardening tools, seedlings, chairs and paints to the centre for children living with disability.

The first lady thanked all for supporting the noble cause. "Me and the chief will continue supporting developmental projects that changes lives in and around Moletjie," she concluded.

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