The Mpumalanga Department of Social Development, along with MEC Busisiwe Shiba donated equipments to four handwork-skilled recipients with in Tonga village on Friday, the 19th of October donation during their visit at the Tholulwazi Community Nutrition Development Centre for the International Day for Eradication of Poverty event.
Mabuza Christian and Nontobeko Timana, who are both skilled in sewing, each received a Singer industrial sewing machine, a JoJo tank wheelbarrow and 30m hose pipe was donated to Thembi Metiso, while Maziya Maria, who owns a salon, received a brand new Retro styling chair, backwash basin and backmab adjustable seat. The MEC encouraged people to support local businesses.
The MEC also said; “there is hope that, bit by bit, we will conquer poverty. As a social development department, we nurture children from pre-birth to adulthood, so it is our soul responsibility to ensure that we involve all the necessary stakeholders and bring them on board in our fight against poverty in the province.”
Metiso who received farming equipment told reporters: ” I am so happy that my business will be now successful since I have all needed equipments to do my work and produced fresh delicious vegetables.”
Thakazile Dlamini, the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development & Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA) said; “We encourage everyone in the Mpumalanga to take advantage of the agricultural advantage in their homes. That will ensure that everyone goes to bed on a full stomach, but it requires persistent people with a willingness to strive for their children to ensure that they grow up to be healthy and strong. The department supports farming by providing tractors and production inputs for people to farm. The Department has also introduced pyramid towers for those without sufficient space and the diabled for planting vegetables,”
RCL Foods also donated food parcels to community members as part of their role to eradicate poverty, and learners from different schools were sponsored with bursaries to study further.
South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) representative Lungile Mthimunye reminded community members to renew their cards before January to avoid facing challenges at a later stage.