Remembering the late, great Nelson Mandela by honoring his legacy as a humanitarian through acts of charity is what Mandela Day on July 18 is all about, but for Sun International, the day is also about bringing staff together to give back to the communities in which they operate.This year marked the 10th anniversary of Madiba’s passing in December 2013. To commemorate this, the Nelson Mandela Foundation themed the 10-Year Remembrance call to action “The Legacy Lives on Through You”.
Sun International properties around the country demonstrated their on-going contribution to socio-economic development, which forms an integral part of the hospitality company’s business strategy, with various Mandela Day initiatives.
Sun City Resort
Sun City Resort continued its charitable works in the North West province. NGOs in the Moses Kotane Local Municipality and Rustenburg Municipality received donations of food, blankets, and furniture. Tsoga Re Thuse, Traditional HIV/AIDS Home Based Care and Itekeng Home Based Care, Dimakatso Safe House and Thari Mmelegi were previously adopted by Sun City as special Mandela Day beneficiaries.
“In addition, we donated net shading for the taxi rank and ran a cleaning campaign in and around Sun Village,” said Tebogo Mokgejane, Sun City’s Social Economic Development and Stakeholder Engagement Manager.
“As we do these good deeds, we honour and celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy while helping to fight poverty and inequality by acting to improve people’s quality of life. The Resort is pleased to join hands with staff in making a difference in the communities that they reside in.”
Flamingo kicked off its internal TIN Spin project in May and asked staff to donate non-perishable food and also nominate organisations for the donations. NGO’s Woman to Woman and Destiny House were chosen to receive goods, alongside three deserving needy households.Employees were grouped into nine teams which competed against each other to see who could donate the most food.
A total of 794 items, and another 488 items from the Responsible Gambling Foundation Gauteng, from pilchards to tuna, mayonnaise to soup, baked beans to tea bags, were handed over on Tuesday to the selected charities.
Boardwalk hotel and casino
Bringing staff and suppliers together as one, Nelson Mandela’s Playground hosted a Mandela Day food packing event. The 250 parcels will be donated to impoverished communities of Nelson Mandela Bay. Boardwalk service providers joined for a successful event last year and joined once again to be part of this worthy cause.
The Table Bay hotel
Staff from the five-star Cape Town hotel joined Ladles of Love’s Mandela Day initiative, packing meals from the V&A Waterfront.
Time Square hotel and casino
Time Square hotel and casino in Pretoria brought some cheer to the lives of 40 retired members of the community living at Tumelo Home and Hospice Centre in Mabopane on Mandela Day. Staff from the Sun International property first completed a deep clean the day before donating used, yet pristine linen and hosted a full breakfast for the centre on Mandela Day. A lunch potjiekos was also served.
“These elderly members of our community are often forgotten, especially if they have no family of their own to care for them in their later years, and Time Square is pleased to be able to assist where we can,” said Ruben Gooranah, General Manager at Time Square.
Time Square has an existing relationship with the centre, and completed some maintenance and upkeep work last year.
A total of 810 adults and children converged at the Grand Arena, GrandWest to devote 67 minutes of their time in honour of the late President Nelson Mandela.
The adult volunteers, which included staff from NPO Rise Against Hunger, GrandWest and other businesses, worked alongside 85 learners from Valhalla, Elswood, Bellville South, and AZ Berman High Schools. The Grand Arena was transformed into a streamlined packing facility with 15 production lines staffed by teams of volunteers, each working for 67 minutes before being replaced by the next team. Over the course of five hours the group packed 140 616 individual meals to feed school children. GrandWest paid the fee for schools and staff to participate and waivered the cost of hiring the Grand Arena. The money raised from fees was used to buy the dry ingredients and to cover the basic cost of the packaging.
The Worcester hotel and casino made youngsters in the area love every moment of Mandela Day, with staff donating an entire day to brighten up the children’s lives.
The Sun International property visited Little Rascal crèche to deliver educational gifts for the children. They painted a playhouse and a section of wall at the school, and have plans to paint the Esselenpark Dagsorgsentrum.
Chefs from Sibaya in Durban prepared hot meals and together with more than 50 employees, went to Sibonginhlanhla Primary School in Waterloo and served the more than 800 learners, to fill their bellies and enable them to focus on their school work.
“As a Sibaya family our motto for the day was caring and sharing, truly a humbling experience as we engaged with the learners,” said Karen Hammond, Sibaya’s BU: Human Resources Manager. Sibaya previously donated books and a mini library to learners for World Literacy Day.
In response, Principal Mrs Sithole said, “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our generous sponsor for joining us on Mandela Day. Your support in dedicating 67 minutes to feeding our learners is a shining example of compassion and making a lasting impact.”
The Maslow, Sandton
The Maslow hotel team played their part for Mandela Day, preparing sandwiches on July 22 for NGO, Young Men Foundation who used them to feed lunch to more than 130 children at the Ithuba Center in Mzimhlophe, Soweto.
The Young Men Foundation acts as a father figure, brother and role model to boys and community at large in Soweto.
The Rotary Club of Polokwane’s Blanket Drive received a boost with 259 blankets worth R25 000 from Meropa Casino, which were donated to Grateful Hearts Disability Centre, Ebenezer Methodist Church, QFPG Interdenominational Prayer Group, CAAF Small Charities for Bigger Impact, Lutheran Church Seshego Community, Child Welfare Polokwane and Sister Nellah Bambo.
Wild Coast Sun
Ikhaya le Mbizana Home for the Disabled and Day Care Centre in Bizana was collectively refurbished both internally and externally by Wild Coast Sun Resort and other organisations and volunteers. This included painting the interior and exterior of the building. Nappies, pots, linen savers and linen were donated to the home by various organisations.
The home looks after 24 youth – aged between 16 and 30, living with disabilities.
Windmill packing with Rise Against Hunger
The Bloemfontein property joined the global movement by dedicating the month of July to doing good. They teamed up with Rise Against Hunger and packed 82 boxes of meals to feed hungry families in the community.
General Manager, Johan Oosthuizen and staff visited Lereko Secondary School, Ipopeng Day Care and Rowana Swarts Foundation to hand over meal packs as well as winter warmer goodies to keep those in need warm during the cold months.
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