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CDC employees commemorate Mandela Day - published 18 Jul 2022

CDC employees commemorate Mandela Day

 

PUTTING SMILES ON YOUNG FACES: CDC employees handed over boxes of donated items at the Sinethemba Children’s Care Centre in Korsten, Gqeberha

 

 

Gqeberha, South Africa, 18 July 2022 - In a bid to honour the call made by former President Nelson Mandela, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) employees gave back to selected community members across the organisation’s operational areas today. The CDC spent its 67 minutes focusing on a key priority area outlined in CDC Corporate Social Investment (CSI) policy – children.

The CDC’s Gqeberha Head Office visited Sinethemba Children’s Care Centre to hand over food, clothing and toiletries donated by the CDC and its employees, while the CDC’s East London, Mthatha, and Durban satellite offices carried out activities with beneficiaries in their respective cities.

In response to the needs highlighted by Sinethemba Children’s Care Centre, the CDC’s Gqeberha offices, including the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park, banded together to collect as many of the items as possible for the handover. The donations were warmly received by Founder of the Centre, Ms Signoria Qolani.

“In response to Nelson Mandela’s clarion call, we are doing good as a communal effort from the heart of our CDC employees by giving back where we can. The CDC consistently invests in children because they have a bright future and it gives them that hope that no matter what circumstances they face, things will get better,” shared Ms Zola Ngoma, CDC Unit Head: Human Resources at the hand over.

In concluding the handover ceremony, Signoria Qolani, gave a heartfelt vote of thanks on behalf of Care Centre. “We are a home for abandoned street children, we house 26 children on a permanent basis, and we have two homes. Our aim is to educate the children so that they can become self-sustainable. We are grateful for your donations, and we appreciate your amazing generosity," adds Qolani.

The CDC’s Durban office hosted a charity event for two non-profit organisations called Peace Heaven and Streetwise NPO located in the eThekwini Municipality to hand over the donation of clothes, while the East London office visited an orphanage called Ubuhlebethu Organisation to donate food and our Mthatha office visited the Eluxolweni Umthatha Street Child Programme to donate food, clothes, and toiletries.

CDC Head of Marketing and Communications, Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, concluded that “the CDC feels strongly about giving back to non-profit organisations as a way of lending a helping hand by investing in the future of the children who are having difficulties from a young age as they will grow up with a determined mind. The youth are the backbone of South Africa’s future, and without a well-supported and cared-for generation, the socioeconomic development of our country will be constrained.”

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