Inspired by the overarching objective of Mandela Day to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good, the Midrand Forum has added a permanent page on its website which highlights community service organisations as well as those people and companies who made a contribution.
As with Mandela Day, the Midrand Forum seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change;” and for us, we are striving to shift thinking and ” Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
The Midrand Forum will continue to list the contact details of community service organisations for those people and companies who want to get involved.
We will also publish the names of people and companies who did make a contribution…so please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
In honour of Nelson Mandela, we have inserted an article from Jay Naidoo, whom we feel has captured what we felt about Madiba’s passing.
After the tears, the hard work of building the world that Mandela believed in
I feel like a chunk of life has been physically torn from my body. It is an end of an era in my life. Another chapter closes with a thud of finality. A dream yanked from under my feet.
The last time I felt this was the death of my Mother in 1989. Travelling on a restricted passport, valid for 2 weeks, I had travelled to Copenhagen to meet with our fraternal trade union allies. She had been admitted to hospital but she had insisted that I go and do my work and see her when I got back. She had passed away while I was in my meeting.
I had insisted on finishing the meeting and then go back to my room to release the torrent of emotions and tears that had dammed up. In the mix-up over the travel arrangements back I missed her funeral and it took me several years to close that chapter and find peace with her death at the cusp of our victory against Apartheid.
December 6th 2013: I was in the air when the news broke. I was returning from a GAIN board meeting, a public/private global foundation that I chair, fighting malnutrition and hunger facing two billion people in the world. It was an issue close to the heart of Mandela, who famously said, “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” I see today that face of poverty as a hungry child who is stunted.
When the plane landed in OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg I was anxious. It’s been a hard year of intense travelling and building a campaign against hunger and addressing the cancer in our own society of the failure of governance and leadership. Being a volunteer for good causes in the world leaves little personal time in this environment of raging corruption and human greed rearing its ugly head in the world.
I was looking forward to time with my family, good books, good friends and good wine and food. I yearned to work in the garden, smell the fragrance of the flowers and breathe life again. Johannesburg is the most beautiful, relaxed place in December.
The doors opened. The weather was brisk. I overheard the chatter of the German-speaking passengers talking on their mobile phones. I caught the continuous repetition of Madiba’s name.
Instantly I knew that moment had arrived. A cold shiver ran down my spine. A wave of sadness passed through my body. I descended the stairs, the tears welled up in my eyes. I hoped no-one would talk to me. I sat in the corner of the bus and wiped away the sorrow. I feared to turn on my phone. But I knew I had to. There was a flood of messages.
My son, Kami, thankfully had come to fetch me. He gave me a deep hug. A flood of memories rushed in as I hugged him back, this time the father in me needing the son’s positive energy rather than reassuring him over some of the personal challenges of his life. At that instant he became my pillar of strength and the generations passed each other.
I met his mother and my soul mate, Lucie Page, 23 years ago. Mandela brought us together. She had come to do ten TV documentaries when Mandela was released in 1990.
I remember Mandela visiting us at home when Kami was one year old. It was 6 December 1993. Lucie’s mom was with us. He was a surprise guest for her birthday lunch. Mandela was due to travel to receive his Nobel Prize. Kami regurgitated his lunch and it spilled onto Madiba’s pants. Lucie apologised profusely but Mandela, laughing loudly, said: “Lucie, do not worry. I have spent 27 years in prison. The thing I missed the most was the sounds and laughter of children.” And with that he scooped Kami into his arms, beaming with empathy.
Photo: Madiba lifts Kami, aged two, onto the podium during the launch of Masakhane project, 1994.
Right now, Kami takes charge, carries my bags, and I follow him, shielded by his courage. I avoid the eyes of everyone.
‘Please don’t sympathise with me. I need to be alone. I need to recover my mind and claw back the memories of the past. I must sit for hours quietly in my room, in meditation and reflection,’ I think. The noise in my head subsides. I reconnect with my soul.
I am wiser today. I know I have to deal with the voids in my life. We cling desperately to the memories of Madiba, the leader, the servant of the people, who placed the national interests of his people above his party political and personal interests. In my mind Madiba belongs to the world and particularly the marginalised and oppressed, who I meet in the teeming slums and villages. When his heart stopped, humanity missed a beat.
I live in a bubble today, ear to global conversations on sustainable development. I drown in the cacophony of debates on ending poverty, environmental degradation and conflict that engulf over half of humanity today. Mandela in my mind was a revolutionary, a social justice campaigner who led us to that impossible dream of freedom in our lifetime. It what inspired millions of us; and continues to drive my beliefs today.
We weep for leaders who will embrace social solidarity and human dignity; for the leaders who will hold our dreams, our hopes and our aspirations in their hearts, like Madiba.
To the next generation, I know many of you feel cheated. We have not completed the journey we started. My generation defines young people in terms of deficit: you are seen as uneducated, unemployable, unruly and menacing on the margins. You are characterised by what you are not, not by what you could be.
I am sorry. I feel strangled for words to offer you, for the devastation we have wreaked on your future.
I recall a poem that Kami wrote as an 18 year old: “Rather than search for another Mandela, let us look for the Mandela in each one of us.”
Deep in the informal settlements and rural villages, far from the glittering ballrooms and ivory tower gatherings of the representatives of the poor, is where I find the comfort of real people. There is no double talk here, no grandiose speeches, and no merchants of poverty; just us and the people whose wisdom and durability has ensured that the lifeline is passed from one generation to them next. That is where we will build the new legions of Mandelas today.
There are times in life when one has to pause, take a deep breath and reflect on the meaning of your life. I feel that quiet but deep-seated sense of urgency now. I have learnt that the journey of life has many doubts.
But now my mind is clear. I will support, you, the next generation, to trailblaze a new path. I will insist that you become leaders, not of tomorrow, but of today. And I know deep in your hearts you will be the true cadres of building the future based on ethics, morality and respect for the diversity of our cultures and our planet that Mandela stood for. Frantz Fanon, the radical philosopher who inspired my early ideas, said, “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it, in relative capacity.”
Now I go to pay my respects, in private mainly, to the man who influenced so much of what my life is today. I feel that in the outpouring of grief from ordinary people, if we do not look at the politics in our country, we can be positive about the future.
As Madiba, the herald of a new political discourse etched into the 21st century, forecasted in his own unique way, left us his last commandment: “On my last day I want to know that those who remain behind say that here lies a man who has done his duty for his country and his people.” DM
THE MANDELA IN EACH OF US (Kami Naidoo-Page)
In all of us is a flame; unity in a spark;
In all of us is a shimmering light; hope in the dark;
In all of us is the vibrant bond of humanity;
It navigates our soul as a ferry; asking no levy;
Demanding as its only fee, freedom and integrity;
Because the mark of a leader is greatness in humility.
Call him what you like, Mandela, Madiba or Tata;
Search for him as you like, he is not to be found in one person;
Some values surpass the body, living only through unison;
Do not call for Mandela, rather shout for compassion;
Do not look for Madiba, rather search for love and passion;
Do not listen for Tata, instead focus on the soul of every human;
The rhythm of our hearts beating in every man and woman;
The blood of this nation flowing in each of us.
This is the lesson to be learnt, and the teacher is wise;
Even with brain and brawn, a person is just a person.
However, bring a million together, add that spark of unity;
And you will find that united we stand, but divided we fall;
And even though each individual flame is not so tall;
Together the fire burning in our hearts can illuminate the earth.
Official Mandela website:
COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANISATIONS
Phone: +27 11 325 5914
Cell: +27 79 080 8474
Fax: +27 11 325 5911
Ambassadors Youth and Community Development
Tel: +27 (0)81 270 2465 Fax: +27 (0)86 260 9203
Barking Mad – Animal Care
Phone: 076 044 1979
Physical address: 22 Summit Road, Midrand
Postal address: P O Box 495, Kyalami Estates, 1684
Residential and Work Facilities for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Tel: 011 464 7342
Cell: 071 480 3280
Botshabelo Childrens Home and Early Childhood Development program
Tel: +27 11 702 2141
Fax: +27 86 245 7240
Physical address: 64 Main Road (R55), Crowthorne, Kyalami.
Child Welfare SA Midrand
Phone: 011 315 3522
Fax: 011 805 5746
Physical address: 19 Erf, Corner Market & South Streets, Midrand
Postal address: P O Box 1920, Halfway House, Midrand, 1685
a working farm for intellectually disabled adults
56 Rose Road, Kyalami, Midrand, South Africa
Telephone: 011 7021690 Fax: 011 7021690
Care for adults with intellectual disabilities
Tel: +27 11 314 1148
Fax: +27 11 314 2543
082 870 8310 or 082 411 2824
Lory Park Zoo and Animal Sanctuary
180/1 Kruger Road, President Park, Midrand.
Tel: +27 11 315 7307 Fax +27 11 312-2364
- Baby blankets and bottle brushes for our cubs and kittens
- Brooms and blankets
- Dustbins and plastic containers
- UV lights and infra-red lights, bird incubators
- Thermometers, hygrometers and heating pads for reptiles
- Stainless steel bowls for feeding the animals
- Bean bags/wheat bags for baby birds
- Paper towels
- Parrot, kitten and cub toys
- Stationary for educational programs
- Chopping boards and knifes, graters or knife sharpeners for food preparation
- Building materials for new enclosures
- Garden tools, hosepipes, connections, shears, rakes, spades etc.
- Enrichment toys such as big boomer balls and natural fibre ropes
- Spices (all spices except chilli), essential oils, essences, petroleum jelly, herbs. These are used for enrichment purposes, stimulates the animals senses.
- Wet wipes or baby wipes
- Heavy duty black bags
- Heavy duty water troughs for cats
- Weed-eater and high pressure hose
Tel: 011 265 9935 (Phone) 011 265 9937 (Fax)
EMERGENCY: 083 441 1564/5
- 2 x Dog exercise runs need new fencing and gates and if possible to partition one run into two runs
- Need fencing and gates to enclose main adoption block / clinic kennel block / puppy exercise runs
- Need to replace 40 gates with poles in main adoption block
- We have donated tiles that we would like to use around the pound but we need a tiller who can assist and would not mind to bring what is needed along to do the job (free of charge)
- A car wash business in Midrand that would donate one day to the Midrand SPCA – percentage of takings to be donated to the pound?
In return, we will advertise the names of the companies involved on our face book page and ask the Midrand Reporter to do an article as well.
Tax certificates can be issued if required and the companies are most welcome to erect a billboard on the property.
Miriam Makeba Home for Girls
Telephone:011 805 4476
Fax:011 805 1150
Physical address: 131 President Road, President Park, Midrand
PO Box 1128, Halfway House, 1685
New Jerusalem Children’s Home
Offers the provision of holistic and integrated quality care to orphaned, abandoned, abused, traumatized, HIV positive and vulnerable children
138 Steyn Road,Presidentpark, Midrand, Gauteng,1685
Phone 072 138 9294 0R 010 224 0460
Tel: 011 702 1344
Cell: 082 802 9734
114 Tambotie Road, Blue Hills
The Society for Animals in Distress
Cell: 078 458 9143
Fax: 086 628 8992
Phone: 011-075 5966 Fax: 086 648 6478 email@example.com
48 Hampton Road, Glen Austin, Midrand
PO Box 6739, Halfway House, 1685
Tshwaranang Hospice is an organisation based in Midrand and serves surrounding communities including Rabie Ridge, Tembisa, Ebony Park to name a few. The organisation was set up in 2002 to provide Palliative Care for HIV /AIDS sufferers. It makes available 18 beds for quality care services in a safe, secure and peaceful environment.
The organisation strives to make a difference in the communities by providing quality palliative care to people with HIV/AIDS, life threatening illnesses and the terminally ill and to support the chronically ill to comply with long-term treatment.
The Hospice has been receiving support from various sources. In 2006 a substantial donation from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart PBO was received. This assisted the organisation to sustain for the first 5 years while organising further funding. The Department of Health (DOH) granted us a subsidy which only manages to cover part of the operational costs. Unfortunately we have to secure further funding to augment the subsidy. A few donations have been received over the years but not sufficient to sustain the project.
Since then the local community (Churches, Clinics, and Hospital) has been cooperating to improve the service rendered to the clients. Volunteers provide specialised services (Aromatherapy, reflexology, and physiotherapy and craft skills development).
In light of the above information the organisation can no longer be able to operate and provide the invaluable service to our communities.
We are approaching your organisation to request you for your support, especially financial support. However we will still appreciate any kind of donation that will help with the upkeep of the organisation.
Matthias Axt (Board member)
084 316 5035 firstname.lastname@example.org
Yenzani Childrens Home
3 Poplar Street, Noordwyk, Midrand
Office: 010 221 1184
Home: 078 453 3799
Fax: 086 670 6292
2013 MANDELA DAY INITIATIVES
- Councillor Leverne Young and activists from Wards 77, 78 and 79 did a clean up and provided toys and foodstuffs to the Come One Come All Creche in Ivory Park;
- Rabaleni Dagada donated 4 bags of pap to the Come One Come all Creche in Ivory Park;
- Spencer Reid donated 25 new blankets and 4 bags of oranges to the Come One Come All Creche in Ivory Park;
- Antea Fourie-Van Zyl donated 10 bags of oranges to the Come One Come All Creche in Ivory Park;
- 345 Nursery School and Carlswald House Prepatory collected over 2,000 pairs of shoes which will be given to various creches and orphanages throughout Midrand;
2012 MANDELA DAY INITIATIVES
A DAY OF GIVING – Seven employees of Carstenhof Clinic volunteered 67 minutes of their time on Mandela Day donating gifts to children at Ikageng crèche in Ivory Park.
MORE HARD WORK ON MANDELA DAY – Mandela Day saw the employees from two Midrand companies Voltex and MSD rolling up their sleeves and painting the walls of Cresset House in Glen Austin.
BREAD FOR ALL – Students at Varsity College Midrand made sandwiches for Mandela Day.
MANDELA CELEBRATIONS – In celebration of Mandela Day, staff of the IEC visited New Jerusalem Home in Midrand.
HERONBRIDGE BUILDS FOR MADIBA – Heronbridge College pupils and parents gave back to disadvantaged communities on 18 July through their outreach programme and visited Mompati Learning centre in Diepsloot where they helped complete the building work at the centre.
GOING GREEN FOR MADIBA – A number of celebrities visited Bathabile primary school in Olivienhoutsbosh to devote 67 minutes of their time planting trees in honour of Mandela Day.
A FRIENDLY GALA FOR CLUNY FAM AND CRESSET HOUSE – A friendly gala between Cluny Farm and Cresset House was held at the Virgin Active Gym, Vodaworld.
PPRA/President Parks Residents Association – preparing and serving Sunday (22 July) lunch at Miriam Makeba Home for Girls.
PPRA/President Parks Residents Association – collecting and donatng books and giving them to Animals in Distress for resale
DBSA – Development Bank of Southern Africa – Choir function for Mandela Day