Mandela Day honoured country-wide with acts of kindness

Everson Luhanga

Acts of kindness were the order of the day on Sunday in communities across the country.

In Alexandra, people cleaned the malls which had been trashed by the looters, while some visited a home where Mandela once stayed in a backroom. 

A group of men and women who call themselves the 30 Strong Voices of Alex donated many food parcels to people they identified in their community. 

One of the recipients was a family of nine who live in a one-room shack. 

Tshidi Sekgobela said she lives with her husband and seven children and grandchildren. “No one is working in the house and we struggle every day.”

The 59-year-old Tshidi said they wholeheartedly thank all the kindness and help offered to them by well-wishers who have been charitable to them. 

“We thank your team for thinking of my family to receive the food parcels,” she said.

The group’s spokesperson, Simon Sekhitla, said 30 Strong Voices of Alex will keep on changing people’s lives in many different ways in the community of Alexandra.

In the Sedibeng District Municipality, Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo cleaned the road and a taxi rank after taxi drivers asked him to. 

He added that Mandela Day serves as a call for people around the world to spend at least 67 minutes doing positive acts for their communities.

Mamabolo also thanked taxi owners for taking a stand on protecting local malls and infrastructures, and for standing with the community against the looters.