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