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mama's hearty donation

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Mama Angel received a warm welcome from 40 children chanting "We are the future" when Sowetan delivered food to a drop-in centre for orphans.

Nkosingiphile Buthelezi and her husband Daniel Mabuza look after 85 children during the day so that their guardians can go to work.

The couple manage the Hope Orphanage Shelter in Kingsway, Daveyton, for HIV-Aids orphans and children affected by the epidemic.

"We look after 85 children and another 35 who come in after school," said Buthelezi.

"They come in from 5.30am and leave as late as 7pm. They get three meals a day and spend their time in the nursery with our six volunteers."

Buthelezi said she was following a family practice in looking after the children.

"My mother raised 13 children, most of them the children of her late brothers and sisters," she said.

"This inspired me to open the centre to look after children in need. We do not have money and the children's legal guardians pocket the grants and do not help us. We pay most of the expenses out of our own pockets."

She said a company had promised to build a proper home for the children but that they were struggling to find a suitable site.

"Our ward councillor says the remaining sites are meant for churches," said Mabuza.

He said they had opened a second shelter in Secunda after the community begged them to.

"It is a lot of work but the need is so great that we had to step in. "We are in the process of formally adopting six children and the department of social welfare has given us the go-ahead."

Kingsway is a poor area with a 60percent unemployment rate. Most families survive on the children's grants.

The population is young and there are few societal structures to help raise the orphans.

"Thank God for Mama Angel," said Mabuza. "When the children saw the groceries they danced for joy because they knew they would have food for a little longer."

Chanting "Hope, a place of survival, We are the future, help us God", the noisy children bade Sowetan farewell.

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