Cleaning the clinic for Mandela


Kopano Dibakwane

The residents of Glory Hill, in Graskop, heeded the call to contribute 67 minutes of their time to honour Madiba.

The residents converged at the local clinic to give the government institution a long-awaited facelift. One resident, who was part of the campaign – Mondos Mohlala, said that the late icon has sacrificed 27 years of his life to liberate South Africa and he rightfully deserves the honour.

“We came out as a community to paint the palisade fence and clean the clinic yard. We also got rid of the alien plants that created a bush outside the yard. I feel very happy and proud that I did something for Madiba. I believe that every day is Mandela Day, it was a collective effort by residents to show our appreciation,” said Mohlala.

She thanked local businesses and other stakeholders such as the Graskop Taxi Association, Pastor Mahlatjie and Pastor Kgopane, for showing their support towards the initiative. Spar Graskop and Build it, issued a gracious donation of lunch, paint and other material.

“I thank all the volunteers for their hard work. We were joined by the ANC Women’s League (Graskop Branch). The Executive Mayor of Thaba Chweu – Selina Mashigo-Sekgobela could not make it to the function, but she sent a donation of blankets. David Gool (local resident) welded the clinic gate, Mr Ngobe donated food. We were also joined by our Ward Councillor (Sandile Shongwe). People must have a giving hand. There are things that we can do for ourselves without always complaining to the municipality,” said Mohlala.

She added that more work will take place at the local old age home, as an extension of the Mandela Day celebrations.

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