Blankets, food for needy homes

Executive Mayor Koketso Seerane hands over a blanket and food parcels to Salaminah Gama
Executive Mayor Koketso Seerane hands over a blanket and food parcels to Salaminah Gama

Azaadville Muslim School and Crescent of Hope have donated social assistance parcels to more than a thousand poor families in Swaneville and Rietvallei.

RESIDENTS of Swaneville and Rietvallei, near Kagiso, received a shot in the arm recently when more than a thousand families received blankets and food parcels from the City's social partners.

The residents – mainly needy households led by elderly citizens and child-headed – were the latest recipients of assistance from Azaadville Muslim School and the Swaneville-based Crescent of Hope.

The first leg of the charitable donation was held at the Swaneville Community Hall, from where it moved to Crescent of Hope. It was concluded in Rietvallei, near Azaadville.

Executive Mayor Koketso Calvin Seerane in his first community project after being nominated for his second term of office, said it was through partnerships that the government was able to address issues affecting communities.

"We want to thank the learners [Muslim school] as well as the Crescent of Hope for giving our communities these presents. It is through partnerships with stakeholders that government is able to address issues affecting our communities."

Ida Khalipha receives a parcel  from ward councillor David Letsie
Ida Khalipha receives a parcel from ward councillor David Letsie

He also thanked people for putting their faith in the ANC leadership by giving the party another overwhelmingly mandate to govern Mogale City in the local government elections last month. The mayor went on to urge local business people and schools to take their cue from the Muslim School learners and give back to the community.

"We also want to urge our business people as well as our local schools to learn from what these learners are doing so that we [are] able to uplift our communities. We want to thank the good work that the school is doing to our community and also thank the principal for the good work because he's been the pillar of hope in this initiative."

Seerane was accompanied by the new Speaker of council, Suzan Thupane; and councillors Farouk Bhayat, Rabatho Mokotla, Emily Mathe and David Letsie, as well as other City officials.

Each resident received a blanket to keep the cold winter at bay and a food parcel containing sugar beans and mielie meal. The gifts came out of a strategic partnership that Mogale City has with Azaadville Muslim School, which is now in its 14th year.

Good Samaritans: Azaadville Muslim School learners
Good Samaritans: Azaadville Muslim School learners

Speaking on behalf of the learners, the Learner Representative Council [LRC] president, Nabeelah Sibda, said: "We are humbled to be part of this initiative to give back to the community and help the needy families. We are guided by the principles of Islam and we are looking forward to assisting as many residents as possible."

Salaminah Gama and Ida Khalipha were blissful when approached regarding the goodies. They both said: "We are happy that these learners have thought about us during these trying times. We hope that they continue to do the good work and assist other needy families in the area."

The school principal, Abdul Ganchi, said the programme, which was called Operation Winter Warm, was an annual initiative and was part of the school social responsibility programme.

"This programme serves to assist needy communities in our area and we hold it every year with the Mogale City municipality. This initiative is driven by the learners. Together with educators they liaise with the ward councillors to identify needy families in the community."

Mogale City also has partnershipswith theinternational organisation,Horizon Education, a Muslim charity based in Istanbul, in Turkey. It supplies the needy families around Mogale City with food parcels every year, in line with the holy month of Ramadan.

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