Aids orphans and poor and vulnerable children in Umlazi, south of Durban, were treated to a feast when SA's popular mascot, Zakumi, visited their centre.
The tail-wagging, soccer-playing leopard was launched on September 22, starting Coca-Cola South Africa's two-year programme of involvement with the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Zakumi yesterday brought laughter and joy to the Sithokozise NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of Aids for Humanity) centre.
The drop-in centre, established in 2003, caters for 292 children from poor families, ranging in age from two to 16.
Supervisor Sphiwe Miya said: "We feed and prepare the children for school and also offer an after-care facility that includes homework supervision.
"We also give them a full meal before they go home."
Zakumi played games and gave out prizes to the children.
"I love Zakumi," said three-year-old Nomfundo Gumede.