Suncoast brings the warmth to the tin shacks of Chesterville!
“It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now”, inspirational words from the former President of South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela.
Over 20 staff members from Suncoast visited the Ridgeview Transit Camp informal settlement also known as Emathinini, bringing much-needed love and care to this forgotten area. Located on Ridgeview Road, in-between the Ridgeview Cement Plant and the N2 Highway, Emathinini, meaning tin shacks in isiZulu, is an informal settlement that is home to over 1,000 people, many of whom were relocated there with a promise of formal housing.
“We came here today on the recommendation of the CEO of Vukukhanye,Dr. Anthony van der Muelen, who told us about Emathinini and how that community is in dire need of care” says Basil Simons, the Employee Services Co-ordinator of SUNCOAST.
Vukukhanye is a non-profit and public benefit organisation, formed in 2001, concerned with the care and support of orphans, vulnerable children and vulnerable families, particularly in the community of Chesterville in Cato Manor.
“Today we dedicated our 67 minutes to feeding the community and providing them with blankets which were desperately needed to keep them warm during the next couple of months of winter. Blankets are essential when you consider how cold these tin structures can get at night” says Simons.
MlungisiMyezo, a member of the community and the Chesterville youth leader said “The reality is that our community has been forgotten about. Where we are located is behind a hill, next to a highway and a cement factory. For someone, yet alone a company to be able to come to us and show us that they see us and have not forgotten us is something that I cannot put into words. We thank each and every single one of these people who came to visit us today”
Rapid urbanisation in South Africa continues to put pressure on the availability of formal accommodation resulting in the growth of informal settlements and the multitude of service provision challenges that are a consequence.
“Today we still have people living in informal settlements without access to three nutritional meals per day, clean water, electricity, sanitation and so on. It really is great to see the smiles on their faces and the fact that for many today represented a day whereby they did not have to worry about a meal” says CEO of Vukukhanye, Dr. Anthony van der Muelen.
The visit to Emathinini by SUNCOAST forms part of their Corporate Social Initiative (CSI) project known as the Community UpliftmentProject (CUP) visits. Each month, in association with Vukukhanye, a school, community initiative or a group of individuals who are in need of assistance are identified. For more information on SUNCOAST’s CSI initiatives you can visit tsogosun.com.
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