On a windy day in East London, members of the quiet town of Mdantsane flocked to their local Community Hall expecting an announcement by the Motsepe Foundation.
Members of the Mdantsane community break into song in the Community Hall
The anticipated event marked the first leg of the Motsepe Foundation 2016 National Development Roadshow, during which the non-profit will visit each of the 26 Development Forums in every province. The agenda of the Roadshow is to identify key centres of development from which the Development Forums will operate. In addition to this, certain contributions will be made to schools and churches in the Forum’s communities; in the form of infrastructural improvements.
The Executive Mayor of East London, Mr. Ncendo Kumbaca, was among the guest speakers at the Community Hall. The Mayor addressed his community on the topic of education, reminding the parents that filled the hall, on the importance of giving access to education for their children, calling it the “greatest gift a parent can give to their child.”
Executive Mayor of East London, Mr Ncendo Kumbaca (left) and the Motsepe Foundation Chairman, Mr Patrice Motsepe (right)
The Vice Chairman of the Motsepe Foundation, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, soon followed to deliver the most importance announcement of the event. The Vice Chairman began by thanking the Executive Mayor for welcoming the Motsepe Foundation to East London, and for his earlier remarks on education. Dr Precious also thanked the Senior Education Department Official and all of the religious leaders who were also in attendance.
“Today is very exciting for the Motsepe Foundation,” said the Vice Chairman, who delivered the awaited announcement of the event. Dr Precious began by explaining the development and upliftment strategy of the Motsepe Foundation, which she says is “aimed at initiating [and] funding development and upliftment projects at the local authority level, in partnership with secondary schools and also primary schools, as well as various churches.”
Vice Chairman, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe (left) delivers the event’s anticipated announcement.
In light of this announcement, The Motsepe Foundation will partner with Nyameko High School, which will receive equipment for its science laboratories and a renovation of its library. At Fanti Gaqa Primary School, the Motsepe Foundation will help renovate and build new toilets. For the churches in the community, Nondlwana Methodist church will receive a new public address sound system. To the Assemblies of God, the Motsepe Foundation will donate an overhead projector and screens, as well as pave the church’s entrance. Lastly, St Francis Anglican Church will receive a renovated fence around the church and a security gate.
The Chairman of Foundation, Mr Patrice Motsepe, later took to the stage to announce that R150 000 would be donated towards the respective infrastructural developments of each of the schools and churches.
The Mdantsane community, which was the very first development forum to receive the Foundation’s announcement, appeared very pleased with the Foundation’s planned contribution, receiving them with a rousing applause.
Schools in Mdanstane receive donations for infrastructural development
Meanwhile, on the other end of East London, members of the Motsepe Foundation were busy with the annual toy distribution, which was initiated by the non-profit 10 years ago. 30 000 toys were distributed in poor communities in East London, 8000 of which was distributed in Buffalo City. About 218 160 toys will be given to children across the country by the end of the year.
In addition to the toy distribution, The Christmas with our People concerts commenced along the beachfront in East London. The packed event included performances by the likes of AKA, to an audience of over 5000 people. The concerts will continue to 4 other provinces until the 17th of Dec.
Crowds gather for the Christmas with Our People concert along the beachfront in East London
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The National Roadshow is expected to conclude in March 2017.