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Water is Life: Celebrating Water at Madlala

October 7, 2011 by  


Celebrations-included-a-performance-for-those-attending-Witness Mnisi

Celebrations included a performance for those attending – Witness Mnisi

This borehole will transform the lives of the Madlala learning community as there are currently very few people who have access to running water in the communities surrounding Madlala.

Mo-Groch-cutting-the-ribbon-along-with-the-other-dignitaries-Witness Mnisi 

Mo Groch cutting the ribbon along with the other dignitaries – Witness Mnisi

During the opening celebrations, a poem recited by one of the learners summed it up entirely:

Water is Life

Water is noble
Water is a source of life
Water is minister without portfolio
Water is oil, glue, blood, air and everything

Without water, life is like a dead planet
Without water life is a hell
The parable of the rich and poor, Lazarus in the bible explains it better
Without water life is lifeless..

After the ceremony, dignitaries took a look inside the new digital learning centre at Madlala - Witness Mnisi 

After the ceremony, dignitaries took a look inside the new digital learning centre at Madlala – Witness Mnisi

Celebrating Women’s Day

August 10, 2011 by  


It was Women’s Day in South Africa on August 9, 2011. Many people were invited to celebrate the women who make our country so great. From the guests to the staff to members of the outside community, we all met in the village for a women’s poetry competition and a soccer match.

Celebrating National Women's Day at Londolozi - Witness Mnisi 

Celebrating National Women’s Day – Witness Mnisi

Members from the community who are supported by the Good Work Foundation, were invited to be a part of this special event. These included the ladies from the Dabuka Women’s Co-operative in Lilydale; the caterers and hosts of the traditional Shangaan lunch in the Justicia village; the ladies from Happy Homes Pre-School. Last but not least were the Tlhabekisa Happy Girls Football Team who were invited to play a game against our very own Londolozi Lionesses women’s football team.

Preparing the Roast Chicken - Witness Mnisi 

Preparing the Roast Chicken – Witness Mnisi

All of the ladies were treated to a big lunch of Roast Chicken, before listening to the Poetry competition and enjoying the traditional dancing as a tribute to the women of South Africa. Our resident Saxophonist, Dean, was also there to add to the magic and entertain the celebrators.

Celebrating Women's Day - Witness Mnisi 

Celebrating Women’s Day – Witness Mnisi

After lunch, the Tlhabekisa Happy Girls football team took on the Londolozi Lionesses in tightly contested match, ultimately won by the Tlhabekisa Happy Girls.

Tlhabekisa Happy Girls Football Team - Witness Mnisi 

Tlhabekisa Happy Girls Football Team – Witness Mnisi

Londolozi Lionesses Football Team - Witness Mnisi 

Londolozi Lionesses Football Team – Witness Mnisi

It was a really wonderful way to celebrate our National Women’s day. Lina, the village manager, was running the event as MC and the program was well organised. All the women felt very proud to be part of the celebrations as South African citizens. It was indeed a beautiful day for celebrating the women of this country.

Written and Photographed by: Witness Mnisi