Author: Staff Writer
Amathole District Municipality executive mayor councillor Anele Ntsangani has committed to adopt a Stutterheim based crèche.
Together with Aspire Acting CEO Chwayita Stofile, Ntsangani spent the day at Jonguluntu Educare Centre in Ndakana village as part of celebrating Mandela Day.
They donated a water tank and brought seedlings which they planted.
During his speech, Ntsangani said conditions of the crèche compelled him to adopt it.
“I am adopting this crèche, that means I will take care of its needs. I see the situation isn’t good. We are going to work together to improve the conditions of this crèche,” he said.
He said he would be in constant touch with people running the centre and sometimes visit.
“Our visit can’t just be about that we were here. We have to leave legacy. In future you must be able to point at something and say, we received this after the mayor visited us on the Mandela Day,” he said.
Ntsangani and Stofile also planted seedlings.
“We are going to bring more seedlings and other necessities,” he said.
Ntsangani said they were happy that they spent the Mandela Day making different in other people’s lives.
“It gives us joy that we were able to put a smile in your faces. This is what Mandela Day is about, changing lives and lift communities,” he said.
Stofile said the agency saw it fit to take some time off and go spend 67 minutes making a contribution to one of Madibas passion, children.
“Madiba said children are the country's greatest asset and we also said we can't fold our arms but rather roll up our sleeve and appreciate the sacrifices of this icon by assisting with the little we can,” she said.
One of the co-founders of the centre Lulama Sibango expressed gratitude for what Aspire and the mayor did for them.
“The donation will make a huge difference in the lives of there children. Water is one of our major challenges, we really appreciate what they have done for us,” she said.
The crèche which had 35 children was started in 2014 and is operating from a container that was donated to them.
“There is a lot of things we still need. We are delighted that the mayor decided to adopt this crèche. We hope our needs will be taken care of,” she said.