An icon of freedom, an epitome of forgiveness and statesmanship, he is a larger than life figure in today’s world, he is Dr Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela.
The 18th of July 2019 marks International Nelson Mandela Day, on what would have been Madiba’s 101 birthday. Majuba TVET College commemorated this day by rolling up their sleeves and lending their hands to make a better world for some who live in it.
The College took an initiative and visited two schools for learners with disabilities, namely Bumbisizwe Special School in Madadeni, which has 220 learners and Vumanisabelo LSES School in Osizweni, with 411 learners. We all know the late Dr. Nelson Mandela loved children. He was always surrounded by children on his birthday and even once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
College officials, and student representatives were welcomed and received with love and warmth from both schools. The programme of the day for both schools entailed a welcoming by the Principals of both schools, who in their presentations expressed immense gratitude to Majuba TVET College. The College was also given an opportunity to present their purpose for visiting. Mrs Busile Kunene, Student Development Practitioner (SDP) highlighted the importance of giving back to the community on Nelson Mandela Day and why the College had chosen these schools.
Thereafter, the time came for staff, students and learners from the schools to get their hands dirty in the garden initiative where spinach, carrots, onions and beetroot were planted. “The garden is something we will cherish and will remind us of Majuba TVET College,” said some teachers gratefully in the schools.
As the 67 minutes drew to an end, food parcels were distributed to the learners and their teachers. The College staff were sad to leave, but promised this will not be their last visit.
At Dundee Technology Centre (DTC) Campus, Level 4 Office Administration students had to plan and organise a community project for 67 minutes for Mandela Day as part of their Business Practice activity. They visited the Suid- Afrikaanse Vrouefederasie Old Age Home, His Mercy Christian Creche, Enhlanhleni Care Centre for Homeless Boys, Siphuthando Care Centre and Slethuthando Creche, all within the Dundee area.
Activities that were carried out by students included cleaning, preparing lunch, playing with the kids and most importantly, spreading love like the late icon did.
Majuba TVET College prides itself in remembering Tata Mandela’s achievements in working towards conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, peace, and reconciliation.
Long Live Nelson Mandela Long Live