MORE THAN 67 MINUTES OF SELFLESSNESS
The communities of Amsterdam will never forget the 18 th July 2018 after the Deputy President of South
Africa Mr. David Mabuza accompanied by the Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni, MECs, Gert
Sibande Executive Mayor, Cllr. Muzi Chirwa and Local Executive Mayors spent over nine 9 hours
celebrating the Mandela Day.
This year’s celebrations are themed “Be the Legacy” as a clarion call to emulate the selfless service and
commitment to a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society that the founding
father of the nation Nelson Mandela fought for and cherished. Everybody is encouraged to dedicate his
time, energy and resources to be the instrument of change in the community as Madiba did during his
struggle years and beyond. This is how the Deputy President and his entire team spent their day in
Amsterdam in Mkhondo Local Municipality emulating the life of Tata Madiba.
The day started with a visit to Nganana Secondary School, built during his tenure as the MEC for
Education. The Deputy President challenged the 2018 Grade 12 class learners and teachers to obtain a
100% pass mark by the end of the year. The school achieved 95% pass rate in 2017. “Ningasishisi
lesikole. Niyasibona sihle kanjani? Begged the Deputy President stating that there are many other ways
to address issues than destroying resources.
Mr Mabuza, Ms Mtshweni, Cllr Muzi Chirwa and Cllr Vusi Motha led the delegation in handing over
school uniforms, sport attire and equipment, sanitary towels, the painting of the walls, and the planting of
seedling at the school. The District further donated ten (10) laptops to the school which are now stored in
their school computer laboratory.
The next stop was an elderly interaction whereby hundred (100) blankets donated by Gert Sibande
district Municipality were handover to the older persons in Amsterdam.
The Deputy President also handed over seven (7) houses to needy families through his foundation in
partnership with Standard Bank and business companies. Beneficiaries were the following families:
Mazibuko stand No. 474, Nkosi and Hadebe Stand No. 1210, Makatini Stand No. 263, Msimango, Dlala
Stand no. 859, and Mathe Stand No. 1117. Some of the families are child headed while others are now
belonging to older persons that were without proper living homes. One of the older beneficiaries was
heard saying ‘Cishe ngafela emkhukhwini’ meaning ‘if it was not for your generosity, I would have lived in
a shack till my dying day’ directing this to the Deputy President. Mr. Mabuza was able to build houses
which ranged from two to four bedrooms fully furnitured.
The day ended with a launch of Satise Silalele App, in which the Premier and all MECs signed a pledge
to resolve all reported issues. The app is aimed at assisting communities in Mpumalanga to report any
service delivery issues by downloading it on a smart phone or by dialing *134*674#. Mr Mabuza also
addressed the gathering and begged them to use the app and not to resort to violence. “I love you”, said
the Deputy President who added that Mpumalanga will always hold a special place in his heart no matter
how far he can go. “Mpumalanga will always be my home,” said the Deputy President to the people who
responded with excitement and ululations.