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CDC has a heart for its community

JULY 20, 2016
CDC has a heart for its community

In celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, the Coega Development Agency (CDC) held a handover ceremony at Emmanuel Haven, a development centre that caters for orphans, the elderly and vulnerable young children in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.

The Emmanuel Haven which houses three centres, namely: Ethembeni Old Age Home; Emmanuel Early Childhood Development Centre and Lathithaa Development Centre for learners with Autism and Special Needs are often in need of: clothing items, educational toys and books, mattresses, book shelves and ongoing sponsorship for meals.

In response to these needs, the CDC handed over clothing items donated by CDC staff members, money collected for educational books, blankets and a wheel chair.

“We chose to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day with this home because it focuses on key areas outlined in CDC’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) policy, which are: children, old-aged people and those living with physical and mental disabilities. 

“Therefore, because all our CSI programs are guided by our CSI policy, it made sense that on this day, CDC lends a helping hand to Emmanuel Haven” said CDC’s CSI Manager Thandi Rayi. 

Concluding the handover ceremony was Matron Isabella Mabhengeza, who gave a heartfelt vote of thanks on behalf of Emmanuel Haven.

“We are grateful for the wonderful work that CDC continues to do within the Nelson Mandela Bay community, it is truly a reflection of their people-cantered vision” she said.

Also attending the ceremony were CDC staff members and a Non-Profit Organisation called Youth Back to God Movement, which implements youth programmes such as Drama, Sports, Music/Dance; Debates and Community Development projects at the Centre.

“The overwhelming support received today is heart-warming. I strongly believe it is the goodness of the Lord that has brought the CDC and Youth Back to God Movement here today. I certainly hope the relationship established here today will go far beyond Nelson Mandela Day” said Chief Executive Officer of Emmanuel Haven, Dr Chabula Nxiweni.

The spirit of the Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations were also extended to CDC KZN, which hosted a Charity Event for a Non-Profit organisation called Ingwe Emabala Children’s home situated within eThekwini Municipality. CDC KZN assisted the home by donating clothes, cleaning resources, educational resources, food, toiletries and sanitation resources, blankets/bedding and educational toys.

Additionally, CDC Mthatha visited an orphanage called Eluxolweni Mthatha Street Child Programme. Donated at the home, were food items and school uniforms for orphaned boys hosted at the home. Other satellite offices will implement their Mandela Month activities throughout the month of July.

Currently, the CDC is the implementing agent for the Department of Education on Infrastructure Programmes with satellite offices across the country.


CAPTION: CDC CSI Manager Thandi Rayi hands over donations to Matron Isabella Mabhengeza and Chief Executive Officer Dr Chabula Nxiweni of Emmanuel Haven.