Kind-hearted acts by City employees ahead of Mandela Day

​In anticipation of Nelson Mandela Day on Tuesday, 18 July, the City’s Library and Information Services (LIS) directorate has spearheaded a compassionate initiative in support of a charity drive run by the municipal Department of Health and Social Development. 

In an inspiring demonstration of community solidarity, LIS staff members came together ahead of Mandela Day on Tuesday, 11 July in Vrededorp, under the guidance of MMC Lubabalo Magwentshu, to present their donation.

Contributions poured in from staff members across various roles, including General Workers, Library Assistants, Deputy Directors, and more, as they generously donated non-perishable goods, blankets, and other items to support the Nelson Mandela Day drive. 

MMC Magwentshu expressed profound appreciation to the employees of the Health and Social Department, commending their collective kindness and generosity. He said the act of compassion reflects the exceptional leadership within the Library and Information Services, leaving a positive impression on those guiding the directorate. 

“This exemplifies the true essence of Community Development,” said MMC Magwentshu, quoting the words of Tata Nelson Mandela: “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”

Nobuntu Mpendulo, the Director of Library and Information Services and the driving force behind this initiative, underscored the department’s commitment to supporting and giving back to the community.

“Beyond their role as educational hubs and providers of access to books and learning materials, the Library and Information Services are dedicated to ongoing community support as an expression of gratitude and appreciation,” said Mpendulo.

MMC Magwentshu said the heartfelt initiative by LIS staff served as a poignant reminder of the values of Ubuntu and the significance of giving back to the community.The donated non-perishable goods and blankets are being stored at the Department of Health and Social Development’s food bank.

These items will be distributed to various charitable organisations across the City, paying tribute to the spirit of generosity embodied by Mandela Day. Mandela Day, observed annually on 18 July, commemorates the extraordinary life of the iconic Nelson Mandela and his unwavering dedication to inspiring change. On this day, people worldwide are encouraged to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping humanity, echoing the values cherished by Mandela. 

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