Photo supplied/Ba- Phalaborwa Municipality

By: Angie Nkuna

The Mayoress of Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality, Vinolia Shayi (Wife of the Mayor, Pule Shayi) visited and donated basic food necessities to poverty-stricken Drop in Centres around Ba-Phalaborwa in the quest to alleviate starvation on Friday, 29 September 2017.

This initiative is the first of its kind for the municipality of Ba Phalaborwa and has already been well received by members of society.  Mayoress Shayi has made a commitment to get actively involved in the struggle to combat poverty and uphold the emancipation of women through social programmes in Ba-Phalaborwa.

Her involvement and participation is there to assist as well as support the Mayor with social challenges in the community, community upliftment programmes and various wellness projects geared towards improving the standard of living for the people of Ba-Phalaborwa.

Majeje Drop in Centre in Majeje village and Tumelong Drop in Centre in Mashishimale village are the first two centres to receive assistance from the first lady.

Tumelong Drop in Centre received a donation of a 2500 litre JoJo water tank and food parcels while Majeje received food parcels as well. Ba Phalaborwa Municipality spokesperson, Jonas Mahesu said this is an ongoing programme and other deprived centres will be identified.

Shayi emphasised that poverty alleviation is a joint effort for everyone in society, “as we all have an obligation to ensure these people are provided for with basic necessities as well as acts of service that assist those NGO’s making an effort to assist in our communities”, She said.

The Mayoress was accompanied by a powered delegation which included, Madam Speaker Merriam Malatjie, Mayoress of Tzaneen Local Municipality M Mangena, Mayoress of Letaba Local Municipality M Matlou, First lady of Majeje Tribal Authority Ndlovukazi Ntsanwisi, Chief Executive Officer of Maphutha L Malatjie Rebecca Peta and Ntsako Nyelunga as well as Lilian Senyolo both from Social services in Namakgale.

“The entourage painted a picture of a united front of powerful, influential women using their platforms to make a difference in their communities”, said Mahesu