In celebration of Mandela Day on 18th July, the Shoprite Mall Centre Management in Port Elizabeth along with their tenants, are giving back 67 minutes to their local community as well as assisting those less fortunate than themselves. Two initiatives are being undertaken on Thursday, one in the Greenacres area and one supporting local street children in Korsten.
As the old saying goes, charity begins at home and in this case close to home as the tenants and contractors of the Shoprite Mall will spend 67 minutes of their time cleaning up the area adjacent the taxi rank in Ring Road, Greenacres. Contractors of the mall, including Air-Tek, DMK Enterprize, Khanya Hygiene and Bidvest Magnum, Relay EMS, Wilcote and Werth While Plumbers have donated generously not only of their time but also financially to assist in these worthy causes. Their clean up will take place early in the day, from 09:30 – 10:37, before the team ready themselves for their second Mandela Day project at the ACVV Kamvalethu Drop In Centre, situated in Korsten.
Translated the name of Kamvalethu means “Our future” and this is an apt name for a centre that provides not only food and clothing for street children, but sets out to assist them in getting off the streets and securing a brighter future for themselves. Kamvalethu runs daily programmes with the children and this is where the Shoprite Mall team which will include staff from Shoprite, Hungry Lion, OK Furniture, Pep, From the Kitchen, Creative Jewelers, Streetwear, Shoe Styles, Photo Doctor, King Pie, The Matador, Vodacom 4U, Signature Cosmetics, Daks, Wesley’s, 786 Cellular, Capitec, African Bank and Shoprite Mall Centre Management will be able to assist by donating and sharing a meal with the children to celebrate Mandela’s 95th birthday, starting at 13:30.
“We are extremely pleased that our tenants and contractors have joined hands to support Mandela Day with us,” commented Marinda Herbst, Property Manager of Shoprite Mall. “We know that our small donations and 67 minutes of charity work have made a difference in someone’s life and hope that we have inspired others to do the same. Mr Mandela Himself leads by this example. It’s the least we can do”
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