Coega is making a difference to the elderly & young in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape

BY SUPPLIED - MARCH 11, 2015

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) today gave much needed support in the form of blankets and wheelchairs to the community of Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape during a visit to NU 1 at the Department of Labour offices.

The CDC donated 50 blankets and five wheelchairs to Masibambisane Home Based Centre in Mdantsane during a special heartening ceremony today.

“CDCs Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme seeks to change and improve the lives of our communities in all areas where we are implementing projects including Coega IDZ’s adjacent areas in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Our involvement with Masibambisane is premised on working together with Stakeholders in making a difference,” said Thandi Rayi, CDC CSI Manager.

Masimbambisane is a non-governmental organisation or NGO.

“Our mobile science lab programme is already assisting seven high schools, namely Vulamazibuko HS, Lumko HS, David Mama HS, Ulwazi HS, Unathi HS, Sandisiwe HS and Mzokhanyo HS all coming from the Mdantsane area. We believe in local beneficiation in all CSI projects,” added Rayi.

Proceedings today saw the event embraced by several stakeholders ranging from the Department of Labour, Department of Social Development and local ward councillors. 

Nokuzola Ndoya, one of the wheelchair beneficiaries said, “I am thankful to Coega and Masibambisane for the wheelchair they have given me. When you are disabled and you find it difficult to move around, a wheelchair changes your whole life.”

The donation forms part of several life-changing community and upliftment programmes driven by the CDC’s CSI programmes.

Masibambisane Home Based Care is registered under the Department of Social Development. The centre provides care and support to HIV/Aids infected and affected people.  They also care for orphans and vulnerable children.

“Today’s activities validate our commitment to local communities. We understand the intrinsic social fibre that connects us with these communities,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, head of CDC Marketing and Communications.  “In addition, Coega will continue to work with the communities in order to tackle the triple challenge of unemployment, inequality and poverty.”