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Metro hosting various events to mark Nelson Mandela's 100 years

Jul 18, 2018
Metro hosting various events to mark Nelson Mandela's 100 years

A myriad activities will be taking place on Wednesday in the Nelson Mandela Bay, to memorialize the giving and caring spirit Nelson Mandela, the late international icon and statesman our municipality is named after.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Office of the Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, will be hosting 100 school learners, from Grade 10 – 12, and give a representative from each school to pay tribute in honour of the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

"Each school will receive five frames containing memorable quotes from the late statesman to hang at their respective schools," explained Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Media Management Officer, Kupido Baron.

"A luncheon for 100 homeless people living in the Central Business District and surrounding areas."

The festivities will take place at the City Hall, in Port Elizabeth.

Baron said that political leaders and officials from the Office of the COO will be handing over stationary, sweets, toiletries and food items at the Khanyiselo Day Care Centre at 19 Goldriech Street, Soweto-on-Sea from 09:30.

"Learners from Missionvale’s Khanyisa Isibane Educare will receive special treatment from 11:20."

Not to be left out, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police Chief, Yolande Faro, her management team, uniform and admin staff will participate in six events that will symbolically take place over six hours and seven minutes at St George’s Park where the Deputy Chief will cycle 100 kilometres within 6 hours and 7minutes around St George’s Park.

Later on, there will be a pampering session and handing out Soup and Vetkoek at Alan Hendricks Old Age Home along Durban Road, in Korsten.

"Members will be massaging, doing hair and nails of the elderly and thereafter provide them with a nice warm bowl of soup with vetkoek," Baron said.

They will also escort the children (27) from St Bard’s School for Autism to the St George’s Cricket stadium, where there will be a meet and greet session with Warriors cricket team and the Southern Kings rugby team.

The officers will also walk animals at the shelter for abused animals at the Animal Welfare Society, in Victoria Drive.

Meanwhile, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Health, Cllr Lance Grootboom, will lead a delegation of officials from Waste Management when cleaning up and plant trees in the vicinity of the Mendi Memorial, New Brighton. 

The Metro's Corporate Services will be directorate collected clothing and food donations for the impoverished Aloes community near the Swartkops River.

"It is planned to start a soup kitchen at 12:00 and to hand over donations simultaneously." 

Baron said that officials from the Budget and Treasury Directorate will be donating food and clothing at the Rosa Munch Old Age Home in Victoria Street, Uitenhage, from 9am and the Ekuphumleni Old Age Home in Booi Street, Zwide at 12 noon.