14 July 2015
Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, MP, will dedicate her 67 minutes to Silindokuhle Special School at Mangweni Village in Nkomazi Local Municipality, Mpumalanga on Friday, 17 July 2015, to promote nation building, social cohesion and national identity.
In 2009, the United Nation’s General Assembly declared 18 July, which is Dr. Nelson Mandela’s birthday, the ‘Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the liberation icon’s role for a free and united south Africa. The renowned liberation stalwart, “Tata” Mandela spent 67 years of his life actively devoted to promoting social change, rather than vengeance and violence.
In response to the clarion call of Mandela slogan: “Take Action. Inspire Change. And Make Every Day a Mandela Day,” Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi in partnership with MEC for Recreation, Sport and Culture, Ms Norah Mahlangu-Mabena, MEC for Education, Ms Reginah Mhaule, Executive Mayor of Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Cllr Letta Shongwe, Mayor of Nkomazi Local Municipality, Cllr Thulisile Khoza, Acting CEO of Freedom Park, Ms Jane Mufamadi will devote their 67 minutes to Silindokuhle Special School.
Upon adoption of the school, the Deputy Minister commissioned a needs assessment which identified the various needs at the school. The programme of the day will include amongst others re-doing of plumbing works; fixing and fitting new doors; fixing cupboards in the kitchen, dining room, hostels and the laundry; gardening and general cleaning; donating of blankets; duvets and duvet covers; sheets; morning sleepers and pyjamas; microwaves x4; Mandela birthday-Cake as well as painting of the buildings.
Silindokuhle Special School is among the growing list of schools adopted by the Deputy Minister since 2010. Other schools include: Boitumelo Secondary School in Free State, Boitumelo Special School in Northern Cape, Maatla Primary School and Siloe School for the Blind both in Limpopo.
Also as part of the Department of Arts and Culture’s ‘Flag in every school campaign’, the Deputy Minister will hoist a flag at the school to continue promoting and popularizing the National Flag, National Anthem, the Preamble of the Constitution and National Symbols to instill national identity and pride.
The partners and sponsors who heeded this call for social development and human rights include Mpumalanga Provincial Departments of Recreation, Sport and Culture, and Education, Freedom Park, South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA), Fiberpipe as well as Land Bank.
Media are invited as follows:
Date : 17 July 2015
Time : 10h00 – 13h00
Venue : Silindokuhle Special School, Mangweni Village, Nkomazi Local
RSVP: Madimetja Moleba, Cell: 060 971 7284/ Madimetjam@dac.gov.za
Enquiries: Peter Mbelengwa 082 611 8197, firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued by the Department of Arts & Culture