The Mayoral Committee of Mossel Bay, led by the Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira, and municipal employees across all departments reached out to the community in several ways on Mandela Day on Wednesday, 18 July 2012.
The Mayor and her group, which included the Municipal Manager, Dr Michele Gratz, and senior personnel of the Municipality, visited the daycare centre of Mrs Charol Gelderbloem in Extension 23, as well as the daycare facility of Mrs Alma April in Protea Park. Several necessities were handed over at each of the facilities, which together cater for some 75 babies and small children.
The Mayor thanked both Mrs Gelderbloem and Mrs April for being caring persons and for the work they do to look after other people’s children. She also paid homage to former President Nelson Madela for the example he has set and still is setting to all South Africans. This is acknowledged in the way that he has inspired South Africans of all walks of life to reach out to their fellow humans as a celebration of his birthday.
Various municipal departments participated in the Mandela Day outreach where they handed over food parcels, clothing and blankets, amongst other things, at the various places they visited.
The Development and Planning Directorate as well as the Fire and Rescue Department visited the @Peace Palliative Care Centre in Tarka, while personnel of the Corporate Services Directorate handed out soup and bread to residents at the Asla Park community hall.
Personnel of the KwaNonqaba Library visited the Siyanithanda School for the disabled, while the Ellen van Rensburg Library personnel in Great Brak River donated second-hand clothes to Child Welfare. Personnel of the Hartenbos Library visited Sonskynvallei to hand out food to children and perform a play for them.
Administrative personnel of the Corporate Services Directorate visited an old age home in KwaNonqaba where they handed out food parcels.
Personnel of the Point Caravan Park visited residents who live alone in Benevolent Park and assisted them with household chores while the Income Section in the Financial Services Directorate handed out food parcels at Powertown. The Expenditure Section in the same Directorate painted a crèche in Asla Park and also handed out food parcels and clothes.
Personnel of the Traffic Department visited Hillcrest Secondary School where they handed out toiletries to underprivileged children. Personnel of the Socio-Economic Sub-Directorate in the Corporate Services Directorate visited sections of Joe Slovo Village where they picked up litter.
Mandela Day visit at the Charol’s Crèche in Extension 23. With the children are, from left to right, Dr Michele Gratz (Municipal Manager), Ms Charol Gelderbloem, the Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira, and Cllrs Susan Moodie and Venolea Fortuin.