Helping hands for Marianhill Pre-School on Mandela Day

 RPC Astrapak JJ Precision embraced the opportunity to gather volunteers for a worthy project on Mandela Day, exercising our Core Values of TEAMWORK and RESPECT. Far left: Mrs Lungile Shabangu (Manager of J-Ndwalane (Marianhill) Pre-School), behind her is Zakhele Myeza (JJ Precision General Manager); centre of photo with grey trousers and shirt is Quality Controller Lindiwe Luthuli.  JJ Precision team front from left: Thulile Shabangu; Zanele Nxele; Bongekile Zuma; Ncamisile Ngubane; Lindiwe; Jessica Steyn; Nozipho Chamane; Samkelisiwe Manci; and back from left: Zak Myeza; Marven Geza; Simeon Daniel; Zizipo Moni; Ashton Ranjith; Themba Magcaba.

RPC Astrapak JJ Precision embraced the opportunity to gather volunteers for a worthy project on Mandela Day, exercising our Core Values of TEAMWORK and RESPECT. Far left: Mrs Lungile Shabangu (Manager of J-Ndwalane (Marianhill) Pre-School), behind her is Zakhele Myeza (JJ Precision General Manager); centre of photo with grey trousers and shirt is Quality Controller Lindiwe Luthuli.

JJ Precision team front from left: Thulile Shabangu; Zanele Nxele; Bongekile Zuma; Ncamisile Ngubane; Lindiwe; Jessica Steyn; Nozipho Chamane; Samkelisiwe Manci; and back from left: Zak Myeza; Marven Geza; Simeon Daniel; Zizipo Moni; Ashton Ranjith; Themba Magcaba.

There’s no better occasion than when a team pulls together for the betterment of others, especially when the company’s core values are seen in action. JJ Precision embraced the opportunity to gather volunteers for a worthy project on Mandela Day, exercising our Core Values of TEAMWORK and RESPECT. Although celebrated worldwide once a year, Mandela Day is an act of kindness and making a difference that should be part of our lives every day.

The day – 18 July – signifies our late former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday and people all over the world look for ways to help others within their communities.

By asking their team to submit suggestions of a worthy organisation that needed a helping hand, the Westmead site offered each staff member the opportunity “to be the hero in your community” and share their story as part of their contribution to this year’s Mandela Day.

Quality Controller Lindiwe Luthuli submitted her choice for J-Ndwalane (Marianhill) Pre-School, which is very close to her heart. The school is managed by Mrs Lungile Shabangu who helps mothers in her community by taking care of their children during the day. Lungile had taken good care of Lindiwe’s son from birth until he was able to join the pre-primary school.

70-80 children are trained and educated daily – their ages ranging from new-born to three years old! A challenging task for most, it becomes understandable that she needed assistance for some maintenance at the school.

“Being able to help the Marianhill Pre-School on Mandela Day was one of my highlights to give back to the community,” said Lindiwe. “This is where the children of hard working single parents go to be taken care of at an early stage of childhood. I nominated the J-Ndwalane Pre-School because of the care and love they provide to the children while feeding them and preparing them for primary school.”

A small team of volunteers from JJ Precision, including Marven Geza, Jessica Steyn, Zizipo Moni, Thembalethu Magcaba, Simeon Daniel, Ashton Ranjith, Amanda Gumede, General Manager Zakhele Myeza and Lindiwe arranged a trip to the school on Mandela Day where they painted the walls, repaired the swings and hung white boards in the classroom. They were also joined by eThekwini Library staff who helped with the painting.

Although Mandela Day is publicised as offering 67 minutes of your time to help those in need, these types of projects often take longer, and the commitment of the teams involved saw the project completed that day. The reference to the number 67 denotes Nelson Mandela’s years of public service, which began when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African in 1942.*

The team found the experience to be humbling and a return trip is on the cards for the future.

“You can start changing our world daily, no matter how small the action” – Nelson Mandel

*http://www.kzneducation.gov.za/DocumentsPublications/PhotoGallery/2013/Meaningof67Minutes.aspx

Mylene Paynter