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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Mandela Day celebrations

TEAM WORK: Buntu Gwija and Yvonne Lungcuzo teamed up for a Mandela Day to remember.

CPUT staff and students got into the spirit of Mandela Day by dedicating 67 minutes of their time to not one but three underprivileged communities. 

Under the auspices of the Civic Engagement department the institution is teaming up with other corporates like Vodacom, Prasa, Asla, African Pride Crystal Towers hotel and Spa and the Black business Chamber to work in Khayelitsha, Tafelsig and Manenberg yesterday.  The Siyabonga Madiba initiative agitates for change in the township through infrastructure development and education.  In Khayelitsha volunteers cleaned the grounds of the Chris Hani High School, supplied paint and supplies  and promised to return for a sports intitiative that will introduce handball to the students. 

At the same time a separate group started building a crèche in Tafelsig from scratch.  In Manenberg, a smaller group, was tasked with cleaning the Sarah Baartman centre which is home to abused women and children.  Siyabonga Madiba head Yvonne Lungcuzo says she cried tears of joy when she heard CPUT was on board.  “I just want to say thank you to absolutely everyone for joining,” she says.  Civic Engagement’s Buntu Gwija says it was an honour to share the day with Yvonne and her team.  “This isn’t just a once off, it’s a long term commitment,” he says.

Written by CPUT News

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