mandela_dayThe Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) will be joining fellow South Africans in celebrating Mandela Day today.

“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 or resources 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 General Secretary, Johan Koen.

The IMATU National Office will be donating furniture and teaching aids to foundation phase learners at the Kaalfontein Primary School in Midrand. “Kaalfontein Primary has opened a new Grade R class to 36 learners and this new furniture and teaching material will really assist both the teacher and the children in the everyday activities at school,” said Koen.

Staff from our Gauteng Region are donating clothes, stationary and school bags to a caregiver, looking after children that have been placed in her care by the Department of Social Development.

Members from the Mangaung Branch and staff from the Free State Regional Office will be visiting an Old Age Home in Heidedal, to distribute toiletries and blankets. Members from the Siyathemba Branch in the Northern Cape will be also visiting an Old Age Home to assist with painting and conduct repairs. The Matlosana Branch will be visiting children at the Pediatric Ward of the Klerksdorp Hospital as well as a pre-primary school in the Ngaka Modiri Moleme District, North West.

The Johannesburg Region is coordinating a repair project at the Park Cottages Old Age Home in Bertrams. Together with members from the Department of Social Development and the Community Work Programme, the Region will be conducting major repairs, painting, cleaning and providing refreshments.

The Buffalo City Metro Branch will be revamping a dilapidated braai area at the Sunshine Child and Youth Care Centre in East London. All children and staff will be also be supplied with boerewors rolls and goodie bags.

The Tshwane Region will be donating paint, groceries and stationary to the Tshwaranang Children’s home in Pretoria.

In the spirit of Mandela Day, our Cape Town Metro Region is making a considerable donation to the Fikelela Children’s Home in Khayelitsha and the Western Cape Region is purchasing a wheelchair for a child in need.

“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 Koen.