COMMUNITY CENTRE CELEBRATES 6TH ANNIVERSARY
By: Anele Nduzulwana
People gathered for the celebration of Masibambisane Community Centre, a non-profit organization, on Droma Road in Cator Manor on Friday.
Elderly people and other organisations including Church Alliance and Social Transformation, Lifeline Durban and University of South Africa attended the celebration running on its 6th
Co-founder Lizzie Mkhize, said that the event is a celebration of Masibambisane Centre’s years of providing counselling for people living with HIV, rape survivors and feeding scheme
to disadvantaged people.
Mkhize started the organization with Pastor John Mkhize of Cato Manor Community Church and currently in partnership Church Alliance and Social Transformation (CAST).
“I started the center because I want to live a legacy behind so that one day I die knowing that I’ve assist the community and used my struggles to give people hope.
I had it in my heart to serve the community because I come from an abuse relationship on which I ended up living with HIV,” Mkhize said.
Mkhize is a motivational speaker who speaks openly about her HIV status in Cato Manor and other areas such as Cato Crest in Mayville.
She said that she goes out to assist people any time of the day, provide Trauma Counselling and provide disadvantaged people with basic needs such as clothing, food and medication.
Community Development Manager in CAST, Charmaine Moses acclaimed Mkhize for the good job that she is doing.
She said that CAST provide Pastor Mkhize and Lizzie with a living salary, provide Masibambisane with necessary equipment and run programs such as youth development,
business forum, educational programs and work with small businesses in the community.
Rape survivor Dawn Rautenbach, said that Pastor Mkhize and Lizzie are the angels of the community.
“Lizzie has touched my life and has been a blessing to me. When I feel depressed, I think of her and find a courage to carry on,” added Rautenbach.
Thumeka Jafta, social worker in Lifeline Durban, said that Lifeline works withMasibambisane to provide counselling sessions for rape victims and domestic violence.
She said, “We work with the Organization to provide professional support to traumatized people and sent them to relevant places for more help.”