Constantia valley does its bit for Mandela Day

Soul Kombuis volunteer Nellie Connolly stirring up a storm at Wynberg Community Kitchen.

Cooking, donating and dog-walking were just some of the things people in the Constantia valley did to give back to their community on Mandela Day, on Monday July 18.

Activities were planned all over the valley to bring meaning to this year’s Mandela Day theme, “Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.”

Parkscape collected non-perishable food at Steenberg Village on Saturday July 16 and delivered it to the Women of Westlake on Mandela Day.

Women of Westlake, which is part of the City’s expanded public works programme, made up platters of samoosas with cool drinks which they took to health-care workers at the local clinic.

Parkscape chairwoman Nicky Schmidt said they had supported Women of Westlake since the two organisations had met on a memorial march for slain teenager Franziska Blöchliger in 2016.

At a pop-up dog-adoption drive at Constantia Village organised by the Woof Project, a non-profit mobile dog adoption initiative, young volunteers were encouraged to spend 67 minutes walking and caring for dogs up for adoption.

At the Methodist Church in Wynberg, volunteers from JumpStart and the community made a special Mandela Day lunch for the homeless from food donated to Soul Kombuis through the Wynberg Community Action Network. JumpStart is a non-profit organisation that teaches job-readiness skills to unemployed youth.

Prior to the meal being served, Sherry-Lee Solomons and other staff from the City’s street people programme played games and had a lucky draw for the homeless at tables set up in the hall.

Nearby, car horns hooted in support of Scrabble players, knitters and bookworms who picketed for 67 minutes at the corner of Plumstead Main Road and Yudelman’s Lane against the future closure of the Plumstead library.

Later in the day, Lynx Way in Westlake Village was filled with the elderly and youngsters from the community who arrived at Amazing Grace Upliftment Centre to receive donations of food, cool drinks and books.

Parkscape held a food-collection drive at Steenberg Village. From left are Parkscape members Sandra Kruger, Kim Szabo and chairperson Nicky Schmidt with Pick n Pay manager Donovan Kennett and councillor Carolynne Franklin.
Parkscape members collected one-and-a-half bakkie loads of soup and stew ingredients to donate to Women of Westlake.
Anthea Thebus, of Women of Westlake, says they need a stove big enough to hold the large pots of food they prepare. She is holding pieces of the grid from one of the stove’s hob plates, which broke under the weight of one of the large pots.
Women of Westlake members, from left, Gail October, Lillian Awolo, Bernadette Sadien, Alysha van Schalkwyk and Anthea Thebus with some of the groceries donated through Parkscape’s food-collection drive.
A dog at the Woof Project adoption drive at Constantia Village waits to be taken for a walk.
From left, volunteer dog walkers Emily Byers of Diep River, left, and Ava Fraser of Kenilworth, right, with Laurent Zamble, centre, of the Woof Project.
Ingrid Hestermann of Constantia and Lillian Maluwa of Wynberg cooking veggies at the Methodist Church in Wynberg.
Methodist Church minister Graham Goodwin making custard.
JumpStart volunteers, from left, Elsabe Titus, Elihle Zito, Allison Grieffsse, Jayda Maluwa, 7, Anthea Messias and Siphosethu Mgudlwa, at the Methodist Church in Wynberg.
Scrabble players, knitters and bookworms picketed for 67 minutes against the future closure of Plumstead library.
Jayden Ingpen and councillor Carolynne Franklin handing out sandwiches at Amazing Grace Upliftment Centre in Westlake Village.
Reddam pupils, from left, Morgan Zulch, Sacha Welch and Angelina Ingpen painted children’s faces at Amazing Grace Upliftment Centre in Westlake Village.
Books, soup, cooldrinks and food packs were handed out at Amazing Grace Upliftment Centre in Westlake Village.