Food Forward SA

On Friday the 14th of July 2017 Food Forward South Africa hosted a food drive for Mandela Day. It took place throughout the weekend until Sunday the 16th of July. It was happening inside Pick n Pay at the Cosmo City Shopping Centre.

Food Forward SA is an organisation that collects edible surplus food from manufacturers; wholesalers and retailers and redistributes this food to verified NPOs that collectively feed thousands of hungry people daily. They provide for over 14 500 000 a year and feed 250 000 people daily.

'' We are one of the organisations that work with Food Forward SA, We can receive food from them on a monthly basis.'' said Jeanette Mnisi centre project manager for Son of Joy Foundation, one of the NGOs that work with Food Forward SA.

Sun of Joy foundation provides an after school care program in Malibongwe Ridge (Itsoseng squatter camp) in Cosmo City. they enroll around 90 children for after school; They provide educational support such as homework; literacy; life skills training; Recreational activities; daily refreshments; food parcels for learners in need; school uniforms and health education.

''Once a month Food Forward SA gives food to the registered beneficiary organisations. Some of these organisations work with crèches, people with HIV/AIDS, as well as disabled children.'' she explained

The weekend of the 14th was the first time the organisation has gone out and asked the public to be a part of the food drive, it was done so that people can be aware of the organisation and what it does and so people can offer their time and donate if they wish. The public were asked to donate nonperishable food such as Rice; salt and many more food items that could go into storage.

'' The reason we are here this weekend is because it is close to Mandela Day and it is at these times when people are most generous both with their money and time, We are not looking to feed these people for just the 18th but we want to make everyday a Mandela Day.'' she explained

The organisation works in Partnership with Pick n Pay; Nestle; Coca Cola; Clover and many other companies to help end hunger in South Africa, they have branches in Cape Town; Johannesburg; Durban; Port Elizabeth; Rustenburg and Free State.

Cllr Mapula Mosito Helps Clean Luanda Block on Mandela Day

On Tuesday the 19th of July, Cllr Mapula helped residents of Extension 2 Luanda Block. This clean-up was organised by Luanda Street committee.

“We are cleaning the street, and we have chosen to do this day because many people cooperate on this day,” said Thomas Matshisevhe, chairperson of Luanda Block. “Living in a clean environment is good for our health because if the environment is dirty it will pollute this place of ours. And for the health of the children, our children need to play in a clean environment.”

“We are always doing this on our street, we didn’t decide to do the clean-up because today is Mandela Day, “he added.

The group was mixed with young people who volunteered to be part of the clean-up.

“Look at these kids they are happy about doing this, we didn’t force them to come join us here to clean up our block,” said Thembi Nkabinde, Launda Street committee member.“I am pleading with the rest of the residents of Cosmo City, to always clean their surroundings. We need to keep Cosmo City Clean.”

Ward Councilor Mapula Mosito, also joined the street Committee to clean Luanda Block and she said that she was happy to see that young kids are also part of the initiative.

“I am here in Ext 2 Launda to offer my support to the residents here. They are doing a great job in keep their streets clean all the time. I am humbled to see that they are residents who have taken upon themselves to make sure that their environment is clean,”said Mosito.

“We want this programme to move to other extensions and we are encouraging all residents of Cosmo City to clean their streets and report people that do illegal dumping. It is not only the responsibility of the government but our responsibility as residents of Cosmo to Keep Cosmo City clean,” concluded Mosito.

Madiba day and the 67 minutes in Cosmo

Cosmo City had a very busy day on Friday, 18 July, it was Mandela day.Individuals and companies around Cosmo City played their part in numbers to celebrate the late Nelson Mandela’s birth day by dedicating 67 minutes of their time to do something nice for the community. Netcare Olivedale Hospital went to Cosmo City Private clinic and had some soup and Future Life instant energy shake products to offer to anyone who was passing by. The patient liaison officer, Deborah Sieff, said that they chose Cosmo City because it is closer to their hospital. “We care for our community and Cosmo City is part of our outreach,” she said.
Siphiwe Mshaze and his friends thought at the last minute to donate money in order to buy food and have lunch for pensioners and kids in extension 2. They asked Jennifer Basterman (locally known as Magogo) to help them with a venue because she owns a small fast food restaurant called Burni Braai in extension 2. Mshaze believes that Nelson Mandela had a belief in changing people’s lives positively. “He left a legacy that teaches us to continue making a difference in people’s lives irrespective of how major or how minor it can be,” he said. One of the pensioners, Mme Dorah Beyi, expressed how happy she was for the lunch she was getting. “I was really happy when Siphiwe told me that they would be doing something nice for us. It shows that the youth in our community really cares about us,” said Mme Beyi with excitement.
Women’s Manyano and Young Men’s Guild from Fourways chose two disadvantaged families in Cosmo City and gave them food parcels and clothes.
In Malibongwe Ridge, the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, teamed up with Basil Reed and had a cleaning campaign around extension 2. While the other team mates were in extension 2, Minister Sisulu and her other team were joined by Councilor Nonny Raphata to go and find a registered pre-school in Itsoseng. They planted a tree and helped to put a smile on each child’s face by giving them some goodies. Later on they held discussions about how they would help to improve the conditions of the pre-school.