She might be a tough politician but Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is a mother at heart.
Her motherly instincts recently kicked in when she took time off from her busy political schedule to spend quality time with pupils at Bernard Isaacs Primary School in Coronationville, Johannesburg.
Apart from talking to pupils and guests about the importance of mentoring programmes, an initiative by the Big Brothers Big Sisters SA (BBBSSA), she provided food and blankets to the local youth.
The BBBSSA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping children in need across the country. Its mentoring programme matches these children with adult volunteers to help them realise their potential.
Mlambo-Ngcuka commended the organisation for initiating the mentoring programme. She said it would develop the youth and fulfil volunteers.
"Positive actions create a positive and powerful rainbow nation. We need to subscribe to the rule of thought that 'every child is my child' and remember that each of us has the power to make a difference," said Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Sharmala Govender, BBBSSA's chief executive, urged volunteerism.
"Just an hour a week can influence the life of a child forever, and give them hope for a better future," said Govender.