Day of donations and promises by Ancyl deputy

Desmond Moela and Bethuel Zungu during their visit to Thandanani Drop-in Centre, surrounded by children.

The centre is situated at Sincobile Village (formerly Verulam). It assists the local youth by offering free access to the Internet, but only has five computers to serve the more than 10 000 youngsters residing in the area.

Space is also limited, as the centre is crammed into an RDP house it is renting. The five volunteers who man it are paid monthly stipends by the Department of Social Development.

Speaking to them during his visit on Monday, Moela promised that he would ensure computers were donated immediately.

He also promised they would try to find bigger premises to rent or get open land where they could build. “We will engage the Department of Social Development and try to get a larger place to rent that can accommodate more people. As a caring citizen of the province, we will ensure that we donate computers to you before the end of this week,” promised Moela.

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Accompanying him was Bethuel Zunguza, treasurer-general for the South African Students’ Congress (SASCO), Siyabonga Malandule, Ehlanzeni Ancyl treasurer, and local councillors.

The visit was initiated by the Mpumalanga Youth Development Directorate (MYDD) of the Office of the Premier, David Mabuza.

The primary objective of the directorate is to provide a link between the youth and both the private and public sectors aimed at youth empowerment.

Bheki Ntandane, from the MYDD, said the visit’s main purpose was to monitor youth-driven programmes supported by the Mpumalanga provincial government.

Other places visited on the day were the Fortune-40 Siyachuba Incubator Programme, Thandanani Drop-in Centre and Chief Funwako Secondary School.

Tony “Meneer” Nyathi, mentor at Fortune-40, said, “We are very happy for the support we have been receiving from the government.

“This piece of land was a forest when it was first given to us, but we have since turned it into something productive. We now supply local schools through the nutrition programme and a local retail store,” said Nyathi.

At Thandanani, Moela brought them an early Christmas as he donated much-needed food items.

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This centre provides after-school care to 125 children from destitute families. They come every day for meals and to be assisted with their homework. There are 25 volunteers who serve at the centre.
Director Gogo Ellen Makoko, appreciated the generous donation brought by the crew.

“We are very thankful for what you have brought us. It will go a long way in assisting us in feeding the needy, especially now as the school closes and they have to spend the whole day here,” said Makoko.

Richard Nkosi

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