Region G conducted Mandela Day programmes at different libraries in the region on Nelson Mandela Day.
The programme at the Slovo Park Informal Settlement treated senior citizens to eats and blankets. The Ward 119 staff, in conjunction with community members, arranged, organized and contributed to feeding 100 senior citizens. Cakes were provided by Lotus bakery and 100 blankets were distributed in collaboration with ‘Gift of the givers’.
The Assistant Director of Libraries spoke on the role of senior citizens in imparting the ‘Madiba’ values of truth, respect, equality, humility and service, to the young. She emphasized that the importance of senior citizens could not be underestimated and that their stories were the stories that would one day fill the books in libraries.
At the Vulingqondo Pre-School and Day Care in Orange Farm, staff members engaged in an intensive clean-up operation both inside and outside the building, painted the walls and distributed toys, colouring-in books and crayons. Colourful flag face painting and a special guest appearance by ‘Mr Big Book’ was the highlight of the day.
The Villa of Hope Orphanage in Freedom Park was also visited. Staff volunteered their time to provide entertainment and fun-filled outdoor games for the children. ‘Mr Big Book’ once again cheered the children with his presence.
The Winnie Mabaso Foundation for Girls in Ennerdale, which houses 21 girls with special needs, was the next to be visited. Staff members spoke to the girls about ‘Madiba’, his determination and his strength of character, and the importance of believing in oneself and one’s worth. Thereafter they engaged in cutting out inspirational pictures from magazines and creating posters as positive reminders. Soccer big pens and craft materials were presented to the girls.
The last stop was the new Naturena Library where ‘Madiba’ fun day quotes, stories and games were enjoyed with the librarian. Photographs were taken using a display of pictures, wall murals and books on Mandela, as a backdrop.