Deserving families throughout Mthonjaneni’s 13 wards received Christmas food parcels on Wednesday 11 December 2019 as part of the Municipality’s giving back programme.
Fifteen families across the Municipality’s 13 wards benefitted from the programme that was part of the Municipality, each family received Christmas food parcels that were a welcome relief for the indigent families.
His Worship the Mayor Cllr Sbonginkosi Biyela said the current programme is a slight change from previous years Christmas party’s event. “We realised that in order to truly assist our most impoverished community members we must think beyond a party and hand over day to day food essentials that will make for a special Christmas time for the families to spend happily together without worry.” Said Mayor Biyela.
Mayor Biyela said the ward committees and war-room members assisted in identifying indigent families in their respective wards.
Programme Beneficiary Ms Beauty Ngema from Qandolo Village that the Mthinjaneni Municipality for thinking of them during the festive season. “We’re so excited. Just like other families who have money, we’re also going to have a beautiful Christmas.”
Ms Ngema said they are a family of ten but have no income. “No one is employed and no one is getting a government grant, so we were going to have a dark Christmas,” said Ms Ngema. She said their challenge was that small kids didn’t understand there was no money to buy nice food. “The Municipality has saved us from that problem. At least we don’t have to worry about explaining to the kids why we don’t have Christmas biscuits while our neighbours have them,” she said.
Items in the food parcels included biscuits, cooking oil, juice, maize meal, rice, flour, chicken braai packs and beans.
His Worship the Mayor Cllr SBK and his team handed over the Christmas food parcel to ward 02 community.
His Worship the Mayor Cllr Sbongikosi Biyela and ward 5 Cllr ZA Sibiya and Zakes Ndlovu handed over Christmas foods parcels to ward 5 community.
Mayor SBK Biyela with the ward 13 Community and Cllr TE Mpungose with their Christmas food parcels.