The spirit of Mandela Day continued today as Cricket South Africa (CSA), Momentum and The Central Gauteng Lions staff members took time out of their schedule to honour Nelson Mandela Day.
CSA, Momentum, The Central Gauteng Lions as well as Protea players came together once again to finish of what they had started on Wednesday at the Momentum Head Quarters. All those in attendance at the Entuthukweni Primary School in Kagiso put on their overalls and picked up their tools to refurbish the existing facilities at the institute. The work conducted by the volunteers included painting three classroom wings, fixing broken window panes and the restoring of the nutrition kitchen that is integral towards the schools feeding scheme.
CSA Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, expressed the organisation’s commitment in continuing the work that was associated with the late icon, Nelson Mandela.
“It is important to honour the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela for dedicating his life to us as South Africans,” says the newly appointed CEO. “As a sporting fraternity and the corporate sector of South Africa we have to join hands with our communities and give back to those in need and the future of our country.”
Mandela Day shows how organisations can make a difference by collaborating towards a common good.
Greg Fredericks, CEO Central Gauteng Lions, commented: “It has been a pleasure working alongside CSA and Momentum in improving the conditions of the school. It is inspiring to see the passion and enthusiasm of Central Gauteng Lions, CSA and Momentum staff involved in this initiative.
We want to thank our partners who contributed with donations to the school, proving yet again the power of unifying for a common purpose.”
The cricket fraternity joined forces with their sponsorship partner, Momentum, at their head office in Centurion on Wednesday to pack 1 000 lunch packs for today. “It was incredible to see everyone working enthusiastically together to make a difference to the lives of fellow citizens. There were also donations of school shoes and stationery,” said Momentum CSI Manager, Nkosinathi Mahlangu.
“Today is simply an extension of what was started on Wednesday as we keep Madiba’s legacy of giving alive, by dedicating more of our time in assisting a school in need. Madiba was outspoken about his passion for education and for prioritising children on the national agenda. We could not think of a better way of honouring his legacy than through refurbishing the facilities of a school for children who will ultimately grow up to be the future of this nation,” Mahlangu added.
The Standard Bank Proteas led by their captain, Faf du Plessis, also played their part while on tour in Sri Lanka to spread the message of ubuntu that our former president is well known for. The Proteas engaged in Mandela Day celebrations hosted by the SA High Commission, which included a Long Walk to Freedom march and an interaction with young boy and girl cricketers from the local community.
“Madiba played a big role in making sure that we are able to represent our country playing a sport that we love all over the world. He stood for many ideals such as forgiveness, compassion and tolerance as well as peace. Some of the pillars that we stand for in our Proteas culture such as resilience, selflessness and honesty emanate from what he stood for. We hope some of the Madiba Magic we shared in Colombo will go a long way in growing his legacy around the world.” Du Plessis said.