The concept of Ubuntu dictates that umuntu ngumutu ngabantu. Motho ke motho ka batho. This concept subscribes to the processualism of ubuntu. In the African…
It’s a windy Saturday of October 31st in Protea Glen, and at Wild Chestnut an abuzz main street with hooters from touting minibus taxis as commuters, motorists amass the month end rush. Across stands the business complex, an assembly point where the network fibre company team with a truck containing food hampers, and delegates from the councilor’s office would begin a drive to hand out food parcels to destitute families in the area.
Mantombi Mmutlane, Head of Sales and Marketing at Mighty Comms, a Telecommunications company in the ICT Industry and the company that brought fibre to Protea Glen mentioned that they were orchestrating a CSI project to assist struggling families that were affected by the Covid19 Pandemic, in order to give hope and hence they came up with the FTTH (Food To The Homes) initiative by giving relief hampers to needy households. In the very community that they conduct business in. A true gesture of “I am because you’re”. A gesture of Ubuntu!
Working with ward 135 council under the administration of Cllr Elliot Sithole a number of destitute homes that qualified for relief measures were identified. Some child headed households whilst in some instances, the bread winner had lost their job. Mighty Comms together with their business partner Vox Telecoms took to support these families for the next 12 months especially during the festive season.
The 100% Black female owned company brought about interventions that also mark a milestone of their 1year old operation in Soweto. With the slogan #fibreekasilami, they received a good response in fibre subscriptions despite notable challenges. Gladwin Marumo ICT Specialist at Mighty Comms mentioned that, “the food relief should be sustainable therefore it is crucial to adopt a certain number of families that we can effectively manage.” He commended the community media for spreading the message and invited other stakeholders to come to the fore in helping the needy.
Joining in, Solly Ndima from the councillor’s office related that during their door to door visits with councillor Sithole, they discovered that some families needed more than just food packages, an example was one particular gogo from Glen extension 12 needed care and was abandoned without proper care in her home. Thanking the donor companies, he further mentioned that, “this powerful initiative will go a long way in assisting those in need.”
Councillor Elliot Sithole was grateful to Mighty Comms for having arrived at his office to offer generously to residents with desperate needs, giving groceries, school accessories including sanitary towels to young girls, and hoped that they carry on beyond the new administration subsequent to elections. “At times you see a neat house only to discover when opening the fridge that there’s no food.” Lamented Sithole.
One of the bucket hamper recipients, Mama Lindiwe Siwela from Ext.11, who couldn’t contain her tears, was grateful and said “ningakhathali” (don’t get tired on your good deeds). And Dorothy Jonathan of Ext. 11 mentioned that, “the food parcel is a great relief for me. I thank our councillor as he understands our problems as residents and sees to it that we receive help. I’m so grateful to have a leader like him!
Jerry Sokhupe Soweto Sunrise News