The 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 and individuals 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 take pride in contributing towards positive change within our local communities,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

As part of their Mandela Day activities, the Moqhaka Branch are donating a washing machine and microwave oven to the Phekolong Hospice Centre at the Old Voortrekker Hospital in Kroonstad.

Shop Stewards and members of the Matlosana Branch in the North West will be donating toiletries to schools within their community.

As part of their Mandela Day efforts this year, the Johannesburg Region will be donating soccer balls and party packs to children from a school in the Jackson’s Drift area. IMATU is pleased to note that this day has turned into an annual sports and culture day for the scholars and community members.

The Tshwane Region will be donating paint, toiletries and food to the Tshwaranang Children’s Home in Pretoria, followed by lunch for the staff and children.

In the spirit of Mandela Day, the Cape Town Metro Region has made a considerable donation to the Fikelela Children’s Home in Khayelitsha and the Western Cape Region will be donating toiletries and cleaning products to an Old Age Home in Paarl as well as providing assistance to a member recently affected by an accident.

Shop Stewards and staff from the eThekwini Region have sponsored 320 school back-packs for the children of Jabulani Nursery and Pre-primary School. The Region will also be providing lunch for all the children and teachers this afternoon.

The IMATU National Office will be donating resources to needed upgrades at the Kaalfontein Primary School in Midrand.“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.