20 NPO’S CHOSEN IN CELEBRATION OF MANDELA DAY
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The eThekwini Municipality and Pavilion Shopping Centre management met with 20 Non-Profit Organisations (NPO’s) at City Hall as part of the countdown to Madiba Day.
Councillor James Nxumalo and Pavilion’s marketing manager Andile Rapiya, met with the Durban-based NPO’s as the country prepares to celebrate 20 years of Democracy ahead of Mandela day on Friday.
The parties gathered with the intention of changing people’s lives for the better, and their main concerns are poverty alleviation and community development.
Nxumalo revealed that they would like the initiative to be an on-going process and, “if it is working, we want to actually roll it out to other shopping centres around the city”.
Nxumalo urged all organisations to support the 67 minutes initiative.
“We want 67 minutes of their time to touch the lives of ordinary people, especially the poor and the marginalised,” he added.
Savannah Park Senior Citizen Club assured Journalismiziko that they will be helping old people in their area, Savannah Park.
Chairperson of the club, Judy Ramsaroop, said they will donate their time to visit senior citizens of the area.
“I’ve got 10 old people, very old and very sick. They’re in bed and I am going to visit them (with) maybe a packet of biscuits or something to make them feel happy for my 67 minutes,” she said.
Their club specialises in providing exercise, giving meals, and organising activities including dancing and sports for older people.
Rapiya revealed that although there are 20 “deserving” NPOs, on Friday they will visit only the two that are in Chesterville town-ship.
Twenty-five tenants of the centre are taking part in the initiative.
“We decided to work with the city and identify 20 NPOs to represent 20 years of Democracy,” Rapiya said.
“We’ve selected two to start off with, but every single organisation will partner with a Pavillion tenant, and they will receive assistance in due time.”