MARAPONG — As part of Mandela Day celebrations, Medupi Power Station Project and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPSA), together with subcontractors, paid a visit to two projects. The aim of the visit was to hand over much needed sponsorships to Mpepule Service Centre for the aged and Marapong Drop-in Centre for orphans and vulnerable children. These two are jointly operating at the centre.
Representatives from companies that played a role in the spirit of giving highlighted the importance of assisting the needy not only during Mandela Day but every day.
Items like school uniform, blankets, stationary, groceries, tables and chairs were donated to the centre that assists 62 orphans and 30 elderly people.
The Centre’s Programme Coordinator, Cate Ngwepe, said the elderly need to be at their happiest level as they have lived long and are at a vulnerable stage now.
She said she was happy that the government of South Africa has established welfare organisations like theirs. “We are thankful and wish to see businesses in Lephalale adopting this centre. There is a children’s programme we have called “My family your family”. In this programme we have children who need guidance from mentors and motherly advice,” she said.
Medupi Senior Construction Manager Barry Janse van Rensburg spoke about 18 July as a day for everyone to try to make the world a better place. He said this year’s theme was to take a step against poverty and that he is aware of the dire levels of poverty stricken households in Lephalale.
“Medupi Project intends to make a positive difference to the community of Lephalale.
Nelson Mandela emphasised the importance of making a significant difference in people’s lives. As long as there are people in need, we have to consider every day as Mandela Day” he said before closing with a quote from the former statesman.
The quote is: “Let us remind ourselves that it is ordinary people, boys and girls, which make the world a special place.”
The programme was followed by a word of encouragement from Pastor J. Ngwepe as well as the cleaning of windows, cooking and gardening by the general visitors.