By Musa Ndlangamandla
Magalies Water, continues to carry the baton forward of honouring Nelson Mandela by ploughing back to the community it serves through targeted interventions to fight poverty, encourage equality and build sustainable livelihoods.
The organisation’s actions are inspired by words of the global statesman who said: “what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Giving back to the communities within its area of supply is one of the most important roles that Magalies Water needs to play as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.
In partnership with different key stakeholders, Magalies Water celebrated Mandela Month by engaging in various life changing events under the theme: “#ActionAgainstPoverty, inspire change and make everyday a Mandela Day.”
The first event kicked-off on Madiba’s birthday, which is celebrated globally under the banner of Mandela Day, whereby Magalies Water partnered with Rustenburg Local Municipality to clean Dorpspruit Stream behind the Rustenburg Taxi Rank in North West. The team, which took the activities a notch higher in light of the fact that it would have been a celebration of the icon’s 100th birthday, the Mandela Centenary, included Magalies Water Board, management and staff together with Rustenburg Local Municipality Councillors and staff. They were joined by members of the community, including the indigent who demonstrated voluntarism which is an integral part of the Mandela month values.
The drive was to educate communities about the importance of keeping the rivers clean in support of the government’s initiative of providing quality water to the communities at large as well as beautification of the city.
The Stakeholder and Communications Manager at Magalies Water Idah Dikeledi, said part of the activities aimed at keeping Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive included cleaning-up actions along the rivers and water supplies.
“The Department of Water and Sanitation urged all water utilities to celebrate Mandela Day by cleaning all the rivers and educating communities about the importance of water quality and water conservation. The occasion was also used to encouraged communities to use water sparingly and preserve it the best possible way they can,” said Dikeledi.
“Having embarked on this important action, we urge our communities to carry the baton forward and not to contaminate water in the rivers and streams. It is important that we take care of our natural resources as they are essential to life itself. Raw Water Quality is essential as it allows for an almost seamless purification therefore production of quality water to the consumers,” asserted Dikeledi.
In another matter, Magalies Water in conjunction with Moses Kotane Local Municipality were involved in a community outreach programme on Monday. In pushing the spirit of Mandela forward, they donated recreational games to Dimakatso Safe Home in Manamakgotheng near Moruleng.
This safe home caters for all children from 1 day old to teenagers depending on what Social Services and the community brings to the home.
“Children were very close to Tata Madiba’s heart. We all know that he famously said there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela also said the children must play in the open veld, no longer tortured by the pangs of hunger or ravaged by the disease or threatened with the scourge of ignorance, molestation and abuse, and no longer required to engage in deeds whose gravity exceeds the demands of their tender years. It is for that reason that Magalies Water made sure that part of Mandela Month Programme included children. Physical education is important in the growth of each child hence we thought of donating recreational games” said Dikeledi.
The celebration at Manamakgotheng saw the organisations donate various material including, doors and booster pump for water supply to the bathrooms.
Local businessman Mr Soyab Bham of F Bham and Company donated grocery and children’s in support of this initiative.
Meanwhile, Mayor of Moses Kotane Local Municipality Ralesole Diale said in celebrating Madiba and honouring his legacy, everyone should embrace the spirit of being of service to fellow human beings, particularly the less fortunate in our society.
“Servant leadership and selfless sacrifice to create a better society is what Mandela dedicated his whole life towards. So, in order to honour his truthfully and effectively we must share what we have with others, make personal sacrifices for the better good and be of service to make our country, continent and indeed the world a better place,” Diale said.
Meanwhile, Mervin Msomi, a teacher, paid tribute to Magalies Water for reaching out to the communities and said this was a true embodiment of Mandela’s spirit.
“This is good corporate citizenry and I would like to call on other organisations to emulate the fine example that has been set by Magalies Water. We know that every day is Mandela day, but during the month of July we all have to double our efforts and play a part in building a society inspired by the values of our global icon uTata Nelson Mandela. This year is even more special as it marks the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday,” Msomi said.
In another matter, Itu Matome, a business woman from Rustenburg also commended Magalies Water saying through their CSI initiatives they are showing great leadership in rallying the communities they serve to take #ActionAgainstPoverty, inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day.
“What we are witnessing here today is that people, from various backgrounds are using their talents and investing their time to create sustainable livelihoods and improve the condition of their communities. Magalies Water is leading by example in showing us how to continue where Nelson Mandela left off in the fight against poverty and inequality,” Matome said.
Isaac Mokwena, a student, said the action was a reminder that the leaders of Madiba’s calibre have a special place in the hearts of South Africans and its history.
“The late former President Mandela transformed South Africa and impacted all our lives in a positive way, through his unassuming and strong dignity which saw him sacrifice his own freedom for others. He led by example in his illustrious journey to create a united, prosperous, non-racial, non-sexiest South Africa,” Mokwena said.
Magalies Water, an entity of the Department of Water and Sanitation, provides quality bulk water and secondary services directly to municipalities, mines and other industries which in turn helps to grow the economy.