nelson-mandela-dayThe Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is joining fellow South Africans in celebrating Mandela Day tomorrow.

“Each year we are reminded of the 67 years of his life that the late Nelson Mandela gave fighting for the rights of humanity, equality, justice and democracy all South Africans enjoy today. We are pleased to be one of many organisations donating 67 minutes of our time to make a difference in the lives of others. As a union representing local government employees throughout South Africa, we ensure that all of our Regional Offices take part in this special day and contribute towards positive change within their communities,” explained IMATU Deputy General Secretary, Stephanie Gray.

With the assistance of the Adopt a School Foundation and Green Beings, the IMATU National Office will be digging and installing a compost area, erecting a rainwater harvesting structure, extending the existing vegetable garden and picking up litter at the Kaalfontein Primary School in Midrand.

Our Gauteng Region is donating 100 soup bowls, 100 spoons and 100 blankets to MES Kempton Park and staff members from the Free State, North West and Northern Cape Regions will be donating blood as part of their contribution towards Mandela Day.

The Johannesburg Region will be preparing and serving lunch at an Old Age Home close to their office, as well as handing out care packages and assisting with a general clean-up of the premises.

The eThekwini and Kwazulu Natal Regions will be painting a classroom as well as donating a stove to the Jabulani Nursery and Pre-Primary School. Staff at our Eastern Cape Regional Office will be handing out goodie bags and cupcakes to 130 children at the Protea Place of Safety in Port Elizabeth. These goodie bags contain a bar of soap, face cloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, a chocolate bar and a soft drink.

The Tshwane Regional Office will be working at the Tshwaranang Children’s home, in Pretoria, by repairing the damaged tin roof and painting the building. In addition, the office will donate educational toys, groceries, toiletries and fresh fruit and vegetables to the home as well as providing lunch and a sweetie packet after the day’s festivities.

In the spirit of Mandela Day, our Cape Town Metro Region is making a considerable donation to the Fikelela HIV/Aids Home and the Western Cape Region will be donating food hampers to the needy.

“The annual birthday of our former President Nelson Mandela has come to represent a day in which we remember what he in his individual capacity has done for our country and what we in turn can do for each other. IMATU is a proud supporter of Mandela Day,” concluded Gray.