Bloem’s Madiba spirit

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Bloemfontein residents again gave 67 minutes of their time helping others as part of the country’s annual Mandela Day celebrations this year. On this day people around the world are asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mr Mandela’s public service – to spread goodwill, and this is exactly what Courant’s readers did.

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The Speaker of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Mxolisi Siyonzana, various members of the staff and members of the ANC Women’s League came together on Monday 18 July in Silver City, Bloemfontein, to fix the home of an elderly couple. The door-to-door campaign formed part of the Nelson Mandela Day celebrations. PHOTO: MARK STEENBOK
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Tswellang Special Intermediate School received 18 custom-made wheelchairs donated by Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein, bringing the number of wheelchairs and assistive devices donated by the airport to more than 11 000. The donation of wheelchairs will improve the lives of learners with severe physical disabilities who come from challenged socio-economic backgrounds.
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Vodacom filled more than 4000 food buckets for their 67 minutes. The buckets will be distributed to schools in the Free State and Northern Cape. Vodacom’s staff, Cheetah rugby players, Mrs SA Finalist, Rone Verster, Marelize Beukes (Vodacom), Lana Myburg (Vodacom) and Mrs Bloemfontein Style Finalists assisted in filling the buckets.
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The SHE Group held their own Blood Drive at their offices on Mandela Day. People who donated blood each received a cup of coffee and a muffin. Pictured are the proud SHE Group members in front of SANBS’s mobile blood bank.
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The Police in the Park Road cluster reached out and touched the lives of the needy and vulnerable when they joined the millions of South Africans and observed the global pledge to give 67 minutes of their time to commemorate the legacy of former President and International icon, Nelson Mandela on Monday, 18 July 2016. A number of separate 67 minutes-activities made up the programme for the day. These included handing over of 15 pairs of shoes and clothes to the disadvantaged learners at the Bainsvlei Combined School by the Bainsvlei Police, in partnership with the First National Bank. The school is situated in Bainsvlei small holdings on the outskirts of Bloemfontein. It is a school which accommodates about 600 vulnerable children, of which some are from poverty stricken families. The climax of the day`s activities was when the Station Commander of Soutpan accompanied by the Parkweg Cluster management team and other stakeholders, visited the house of the two young vulnerable and disabled girls aged 08 and 14 at the Somersit informal settlement and donated food parcels, cleaning products and paint for their delapitated shack. That special event brought smiles and amusement to two young faces as they had an opportunity to join the world in celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Other activities worth mentioning were when the Navalsig Police took to the streets visiting Dr Bethuel Setai Intermediate school where they embarked on refurbishment of painting of the three classrooms and rejuvenating the vegetables garden. The Bayswater Police were not left behind as they also made their mark surprisingly joining the homeless and jobless people at the Northridge dumping site and serving them a special lunch. The members from the Park Road and Community Policing Forum (CPF) ended the range of activities by interacting with the homeless children in Ella Street in Willows where they served them with a scrumptious meal. The ParkRoad Cluster Commander, Major General Moeketsi Sempe, said, “I must commend the contribution made by all members at their respective stations who strived hard to put Park Road cluster on the map and ensuring that the 67-minutes activities were successful. Quoting Nelson Mandela, he said, “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hand to make a difference”.
Mahareng Publishing, Bloemfontein Courant's mother company, decided to support CHOC House this year. CHOC house is the national foundation that supports families of little cancer patients, specifically in state hospitals. In Bloemfontein there is a CHOC House close to Universitas Hospital that supports the moms with clothes, food, accommodation, emotional support, transport back to their homes, as well as funeral assistance when it comes to that point. Here are Samantha Sauls, Gladys Loggenberg and Annemarie Gentle helping staff to prepare sandwiches for residents.
Mahareng Publishing, Bloemfontein Courant’s mother company, decided to support CHOC House this year. CHOC house is the national foundation that supports families of little cancer patients, specifically in state hospitals. In Bloemfontein there is a CHOC House close to Universitas Hospital that supports the moms with clothes, food, accommodation, emotional support, transport back to their homes, as well as funeral assistance when it comes to that point. Here are Samantha Sauls, Gladys Loggenberg and Annemarie Gentle helping staff to prepare sandwiches for residents.
The Mangaung Cluster stations also did their share of good deeds as part of the 67 minutes of marking Mandela Day celebrations. On Monday 18 July 2016 the Kagisanong Police station members dived into teams visited schools within their vicinity to spread the love, starting off at Mabolela Primary School at Rocklands location in Bloemfontein whereby the team of police officials together with the Community Policing Forum committee members lead by Sector Manager Constable Bongani Mbambo repainted the school.
The Mangaung Cluster stations also did their share of good deeds as part of the 67 minutes of marking Mandela Day celebrations.
On Monday 18 July 2016 the Kagisanong Police station members dived into teams visited schools within their vicinity to spread the love, starting off at Mabolela Primary School at Rocklands location in Bloemfontein whereby the team of police officials together with the Community Policing Forum committee members lead by Sector Manager Constable Bongani Mbambo repainted the school.

CUT joins millions of people across the globe in commemorating Mandela Day. On Friday, 22 July 2016, the University will partner with Tsholetsang Primary School in Bloemfontein to commemorate the 67 minutes in honor of Madiba’s 67 years of a life lived in struggle for peace, justice and equality for all South Africans. In celebration of the 67 minutes of community service, CUT will hand over books to the school’s library in support of advancing the education of future leaders. “We have been investing in the school since 2014 when the school approached us and identified space for a library, computers, furniture and books. We want these learners to be the best they can be, and have the tools they need to do so,” said CUT Librarian, Mr Julius Kabamba.

CUT joins millions of people across the globe in commemorating Mandela Day. On Friday, 22 July 2016, the University will partner with Tsholetsang Primary School in Bloemfontein to commemorate the 67 minutes in honor of Madiba’s 67 years of a life lived in struggle for peace, justice and equality for all South Africans.
In celebration of the 67 minutes of community service, CUT will hand over books to the school’s library in support of advancing the education of future leaders. “We have been investing in the school since 2014 when the school approached us and identified space for a library, computers, furniture and books. We want these learners to be the best they can be, and have the tools they need to do so,” said CUT Librarian, Mr Julius Kabamba.