The Port of East London pulled out all the stops this Mandela Day in order to give back to the community. As part of its Mandela Day celebrations, port staff were asked to nominate worthy causes which they believed would benefit from the port’s assistance.
First on the list was Sivanthi Special Care Centre, in Fort Beaufort, which received a donation of 10 new mattresses thanks to a collaboration between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the EL Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ).
The port then moved on to At Inyathi Primary School, in Duncan Village, where the 1,200 pupils saw their library being fitted with new shelves and books. The school was nominated by port engineer Basokazi Mthembu.
Kim Williams, of the port finance department, nominated the next project and organised a donation of soup and bread to the Buffalo Flats Soup Kitchen. Next up was the Mpundu Old Age Centre, in Alice, which received a new gas burner and fresh groceries after being nominated by Lizo Kibita, also from the finance department.
The Happy Youth Art Centre in Mdantsane was given new IT equipment at the request of the property department’s member Vuyolwethu Makunga and finally, the Mdantsane-based Funukwazi Training Centre underwent much-needed repairs after being nominated by port engineer Mlindi Sambane.