Transnet Port Terminals gives back to the old in Motherwell

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - AUGUST 1, 2016

As part of its Nelson Mandela Month initiatives, Transnet Port Terminal donated 50 blankets and 47 slippers to the elderly at Ethembeni Safe Home in NU12, Motherwell, Port Elizabeth on Friday.

The Ethembeni Safe Home opened its doors in 1996 as one of the leading NGO’s in the care for Older Person’s in the Eastern Cape. Shortly after this, they initiated the project for Abused, Neglected and Displaced elderly and eventually a joint initiative was undertaken with the Department of Social Development for the inter-generational programme with children and the elderly at the then Thembelihle Children`s Home in Motherwell.

“Mandela Month is in winter and its cold. We decided to donate the blankets and slippers to Ethembeni Safe Home to warm the elderly during this cold season,” said Sindie Ndwalaza, Eastern Cape Regional Corporate Affairs Manager for Transnet Port Terminals.

Transnet Port Terminals does not only believe in contributing to the economy of the region but the importance of giving back to the community they operate in and make difference in people’s lives.

“As much as TPT plays an important role in strengthening our region’s economy, we also believe in the importance of giving back to the communities we operate in. It has been an honour and privilege to celebrate our elders who are still the pillars of our community. This has been a truly special experience and one that shouldn’t be limited to just Mandela Day,” said Ndwalaza.

Ngaphana, one of the residents who have been living in the home for quite some time was filled with joy and laughter with Transnet visit to the house.

“I’m very happy; I can’t begin to explain the joy in my heart. This gives me hope in life, now I believe from now on everything will be fine. I thank God for this Home if it wasn’t for it I would have been dead by now,” he said.

Bernice Lai Wing who is the Director of NGO Age-In-Action that caters for the Ethembeni Safe house is more than grateful to the staff of Transnet for their kindness, wishing that more people can donate to the Home.

“We are very grateful to the staff of Transnet for the kindness they have showed to the elderly here. This is the first time something like this happens to the home. It actually make me happy to see the old people happy and enjoying themselves like this, I hope we can have more people like Transnet donating to the home,” said Lai Wing.