GISSA Gauteng branch celebrates Mandela Day

July 29th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT


GISSA Gauteng members used their 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela Day to bring some joy to the residents of the  Siyazigabisa Home of Hope.  Siyazigabisa is situated in the Isivana Location of Tembisa, and houses abandoned and runaway children, as well as abused women.

GISSA Gauteng committee and members prepare lucky packets

GISSA Gauteng members preparing lucky packets

Following the GISSA Gauteng general meeting on 18 July 2014, members  prepared lucky-packets with cold drinks, sweets and snacks for the children of Siyazigabisa. Blankets and other gifts donated by GISSA members were collected at the meeting as well. The GISSA Gauteng committee and volunteering members delivered the packages that same afternoon and handed them out to the children.  Chairperson, Slindi Mhlongo, used the opportunity to tell the children more about Nelson Mandela in the spirit of keeping his memory alive.  She also inspired them with a simplified explanation of GIS, and the importance of work being done in this field.

Gab’sile Khoza and Martin Mkize, who believe that in order to save the nation a child must be saved, run Siyazigabisa. Twenty children live there permanently, but the organisers see to the needs of a just over 100 youngsters. This they do proudly, with the name Siyazigabisa itself meaning “we are proud of who we are”. The organisation’s name is also meant as a message of empowerment to those who seek shelter there.  The children and staff were grateful for the gifts and sang songs of thanks to the GISSA members.

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