Youth live out fruits of legacy
MANDELA Day was celebrated with charitable enthusiasm at the Bona Lesedi Centre in Diepsloot.
Government departments joined forces with companies and the public to serve their 67 minutes of goodwill to the children at the centre which serves as a daycare for the mentally and physicallydisabled.
With the intervention of the Department of Social Development, the event exploded with donations of wheelchairs, seedlings for the vegetable gardens and material to build ramps to make it easy for the children to move around.
"What is most important is that the youth live out the legacy of Nelson Mandela," said department's spokesman Dr Sello Mokoena.
According to centre's manager Patrick Maseko, the centre provides daycare services to 53 children and home-based care to more than 138 individuals.
Other parties involved included the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the Department of Economic Development and the City of Johannesburg.
Deputy Minister of Economic Development Hlengiwe Mkhize said: "Mandela Day is important because it hits us with the reality of the challenges faced by South Africans."
Mkhize emphasised that it was crucial that the community take advantage of the educational opportunities available for the disabled.
The children also enjoyed spa massages, courtesy of Mangwanani African Spar.