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Embracing Mandela Day by lending a helping hand


This year PT went back-to-school by dressing in school uniforms and also went the extra mile by packing and distributing little goody bags for young kids from the Dietrich Movarian Primary School in Philippi.

Provincial Treasury, Radio Tygerberg 104fm and Spar combined forces this year to donate 1 500 bags filled with stationery and VitaKidz porridge to learners at the Dietrich Moravian Primary School in Philippi and as well as the Shiloh Synergy.

“Our day started early the morning of 18th July on route to the Spar Western Cape Distribution Centre to pack the goody bags and then drove to the school. At the school we were able to spend time with some of the beneficiaries of the 1 500 bags and even played soccer with the kids, singing along to songs that took us back to the days of being in school and having fun” says Britney

According to Ean Steenkamp-Cairns, Provincial Treasury decided to work with Radio Tygerberg to donate 1 500 packets of VitaKids porridge. “We all know that a hungry child cannot focus properly. VitaKids porridge is a clever nutritional breakfast that was developed to offer an affordable way to help learners to maintain energy levels and it contains natural and extra vitamins and comes in eight different flavours. It is important to us to be involved in projects that makes a measurable contribution. We believe that this is the start of one of these projects.”


The highlight of the time spent was the look on the faces of the kids when they received their goody bags and got down and dirty on the soccer field by showing the older guys a thing or two. Needless to say that they won and the older guys got taught a lesson or two.

This was truly a Mandela Day to remember and the group that went along had a lasting impact on the kids of Philippi.

With that in mind we would like to thank all those who took the time to come and help us, help others for 67 minutes or more. We appreciate everything that you have done to make the day and the event a success.

We want to encourage all PT employees that we should not only do things for the under-privileged on Mandela Day but make sure we do something every day because UMNTU NGUMUNTU NGABANTU – MAN MUST SERVE YOUR FELLOW MAN.

Even though Minister Meyer could not join the Mandela Day project this year due to a scheduled Cabinet meeting, Minister Meyer shared his Mandela Day message with the Radio Tygerberg listeners.

“Together with our partners VitaKids, Spar and Radio Tygerberg we had the opportunity to spoil these kids today and to address educational needs and more importantly to alleviate hunger. This year the Mandela Day theme is aimed at fighting poverty and by providing VitaKids porridge to 1 500 learners we are working towards that goal. Mandela Day follow on youth month and an investment in our youth is an investment in our future” said Finance Minister, Dr Ivan Meyer.

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