Nelson Mandela famously said: “It is in your hands to make of the world a better place.”
The Stellenbosch Municipality did just that by undertaking numerous initiatives on Mandela Day, assisting residents in need and continuing to build on Madiba’s legacy of a united South Africa.
Our main project for the day took place in the Dwarsrivier area, focussing on Pniel and Lynquedoc. Teams from the municipality dedicated 67 minutes of their time for various projects ranging from the upgrading of infrastructure to an intergenerational skills transfer, a small business information session to a soup kitchen. The Executive Mayor along with our Municipal Manger served soup and sandwiches to children in need in Lynquedoc. Sandwiches and clothes were also donated to the community. This project was done in collaboration with the Pniel Museum, Pniel Congreational Church and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
Further to this, officials from various directorates volunteered on the following projects:
• The upgrading and maintenance of the Kabouterland Educare crèche in Groendal;
• A blanket drive for local shelters and crèches;
• The Establishment of community crèche in La Motte, Franschhoek;
• The painting of the Little Builder’s crèche in Cloetesville as well as the installation of herb garden;
• A food drive for the Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch;
• Knitting of blankets and crochets for a safe house in Idas’s Valley;
• A writing competition encouraging schools in Jamestown to write about their heritage;
• A coupon system for the homeless;
• The fixing of ablution facilities at the Siyavuya Creche in Enkanini;
• A potjiekos competition where all food prepared was donated to pickers at the Beltana landfill site;
• A community clean-up day and soup kitchen in Klapmuts;
All of the resources used throughout the projects were donated by employees or other stakeholders in the community. Thank to thank Food Lover’s Market and Stellenbosch BuildIt for their generous donations.
In the turbulent times our country is facing, celebrating the legacy and values of Nelson Mandela reminds us what is truly important and how we can work for the improvement of our community. There are many wonderful organisations in our community, doing excellent work to help residents who are in need. We encourage our residents to take part in these community initiatives to uplift and improve the lives of all our residents.