The Midvaal Local Municipality has marked International Nelson Mandela Day, celebrated globally on July 18, through various initiatives aimed at uplifting and supporting various communities within the municipality.

On July 18, Executive Mayor Bongani Baloyi, along with members of the Mayoral Committee, the Sedibeng District Municipality (SDM) and several other partners and volunteers dedicated their 67 minutes to assisting with refurbishments and upgrades at Rusoord Intermediate School, outside Meyerton.

The group spent the day painting classrooms, installing eco-friendly toilets, restoring the school kitchen, planting trees and cleaning the school grounds. The municipality also presented the school with a new water supply system, which was unveiled by Mayor Baloyi and SDM Executive Mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng.

On July 19, Executive Mayor Bongani Baloyi joined Archbishop Stephen Zondo of Rivers of Living Water Ministries, who visited Doulos Ministries in Glen Donald, a child and youth care centre housing nearly 40 orphaned and abandoned children, many of whom are living with HIV/AIDS.

The team dedicated their 67 minutes for Mandela Day by spending time with the children and handed over food parcels, sanitary packs and blankets to the centre’s founder Emma van der Merwe.

“Nelson Mandela’s legacy was one of always paying it forward. Doing what you can with what you have for those who need it most. It’s about finding solutions to the problems and challenges we encounter daily and being the solution ourselves, “said Baloyi.