Hampers bring Christmas cheer to residents

Dozens of residents across Soweto have received some early festive cheer after being presented with Christmas hampers. A partnership between Mpumi Mpama foundation and Sakhile Ezweni Group of Companies spoiled residents, distributing food hampers to over 100 households.

Food hampers, packed full of everyday essentials and festive treats, were handed over to deserving families, recently. The event took place at the Hector Peterson primary school in Dobsonville and was attending by the needy families, media personality Somizi Mhlongo and representatives from both Sakhile and Mpama foundations. The programme, spearheaded by Mpumi Mpama, is just one of several strategies aimed at fighting poverty and the foundation’s commitment to ensure that no one dies of hunger in the country.

In his remarks, foundation founder, Mpumi Mpama, noted that the foundation worked with communities to identify deserving families. “Today we are here in Dobsonville extension 3 to bring dignity to vulnerable residents. Nobody wants to go hungry, but in reality there are a lot of people that go to bed without eating for days,” added Mpama. The hampers had enough food to feed either a family or two for a month and contained mostly everyday essentials such as mealie-meal, tinned food, rice, sugar and cooking oil, as well as a few luxury and festive goods including drinks.

Zimkitha Hene, the Marketing representative of Sakhile Ezweni Group of Companies, mentioned that a festive food parcel will be delivered to families identified as needing support over the festive season period. “Some families do not have privilege this festive season, so basically today is just about giving back to the community,” added Hene. Despite some South-African citizens being of the opinion that handing out free food parcels creates the culture of laziness, the facial expression on recipients told otherwise. Tladi Molesi(72),one of the beneficiaries could not contain his joy. “I’m so happy to have received this hamper and thanks to the foundation for this great gesture”, concluded Molesi.

Besides food hampers, deserving families were also treated to a sumptuous lunch, as the foundation wanted to ensure that the festivities reverberate throughout the entire township.

Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News