MEC Simelane-Zulu brings Mandela Day chéer to impoverished children

18 July 2019

As part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) and International Mandela Day festivities, KZN Health MEC Ms Nomagugu Simelane earlier today led a delegation of government officials who donated school uniforms to 40 children from impoverished homes at Amajuba District (Newcastle), where she is the political champion.

Accompanied by the champion HOD, Ms Nokuthula Khanyile from the KZN Department of Social Development, MEC Simelane-Zulu started at Sizwe High School; then proceeded to Mntimande Primary School; before her final stop at Sakhuthando Early Childhood Development Centre (crèche), which received a painting make-over. The crèche had had a dire shortage of resources, but thanks to intervention by Government, it has been allocated an amount of R642 000.00 for development. This will cover electrification, installation of septic tank, water tank and gutters, plumbing, plastering, tiling, installation of kitchen cupboards, building of three toilets, roofing, fitting of windows, doors and burglar guards. The renovations will also include painting, fencing and improvement of the existing jungle gym (which is still work in progress).

Today's activities were part of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government’s ground-breaking Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) programme. OSS, which originates in KZN and has been replicated in other parts of the country, seeks to ensure continuous interaction between Government and communities, and is built on social mobilization and the delivery of Government services in an integrated way. The proceedings fitted in perfectly with International Mandela Day, which honours the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former President, and strives to replicate his values through volunteerism and community service.

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