By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA
THE ANC is still the champion of the people that is why it has won all the wards in Tshwane Townships with majority votes.
The ANC and the ANC Youth League donated more than a 2 500 blankets to pensioners around Tshwane as part of Youth Day commemoration.
The ANC in Ward 90 and the ANC Youth League in Ward 29 have donated 450 blankets to Soshanguve, Mabopane and Winterveldt pensioners as part of the Youth Day Commemoration. It did not end there 106 school jerseys and shoes were donated to primary school kids from Pele Primary School, Lesedi Primary School and Thorntree Primary schools and 20 child-headed families in Mabopane and Winterveldt received food parcels.
Two events were held at extension 6 Soccer Ground in Soshanguve and Central City Shopping Centre in Mabopane. More than a thousand people attended both events including ANC councillors in those areas.
The first event was organised by Ward 90 councillor Enos Chiloane who donated 340 blankets to pensioners in his ward which is Extension VV, XX, Plasticview, Extension 5,6 and 7 in Soshanguve South. He did all this with the help of Valumax Developers which are the sponsored of his programme of fighting poverty in his ward. Other blankets were donated in Hammanskraal, Atteridgeville, Ga-Rankuwa, Mamelodi, Refilwe, Ekangala and Olivenhoutbotch.
Speaking to City Post, Chiloane said as an ANC cadre his so the need to make sure that people who were there in 1976 are honoured at the event.
“I so the need to honour these elders we see here. They contributed a lot to bring the oppressive apartheid regime down. As a community leader, my dream is to see everyone with a smile both young and old. That is why approached Ferdinand Kerkhoff the director of Valumax Property to invest in our poverty alleviation programme.
“They donated 340 blankets, 106 school jerseys and 5 pairs of school shoes to our programme to help those who need help in our ward. We are happy to have companies that care about people.
“Since 2013 in June and December I fundraise or search deep into my pocket to give pensioners blankets, food parcels and school kids uniform because I grew up knowing that it is important to take care of each other as humans that is called Ubuntu or humanity,” said Chiloane.
At the second event which was organised by the ANC Youth League at Ward 29 at Central City Mabopane, 100 blankets were donated to pensioners and 20 food parcels were donated to child-headed families in Mabopane and Winterveldt. The donations were donated by Public Investment Corporation after they were approached by the ANC Youth League.
Thabo Mathibedi of the ANC Youth League said June 16 belong to the grannies because they were there when apartheid government killed innocent youth and some were part of the youth who stood against the National Party regime.
“Our grannies were throwing stones in 1976, some of us were not there that is why this is their day. We have more than 3000 pensioners in the ward but we identify few to receive blankets and we will identify other in future.
“We also identify child headed families to receive food parcels. As the ANC we are an organisation of the people that is why were there to alleviate poverty in our area,” said Mathibedi.
Speakers at both events were ANC Ward 90 chairperson Charles Mokobodi, ANC Ward councillor Enos Chiloane, Thabo Mathibedi of the ANC Youth League, Lesego Makhubela the ANC Tshwane Regional chairperson, Councillor Terence Mashigo and firstname.lastname@example.org