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Celebrating freedom day by touching lives in Jouberton.

By: Tshepo Mmusi


27 April 2021

Today marks 27 years since the first democratic elections in South Africa. The people is this country today enjoy freedom in different forms, despite the challenges of poverty, unemployment, crime, service delivery and many deaths as a result of covid 19. As a nation we pride ourselves with the democracy we have earned and a dynamic society we are living in today.

While the nation, the people of Free state province and the state president Cyril Ramaphosa officially celebrate freedom day at the newly opened Charlotte Maxeke treatment centre at Botshabelo in Bloemfontein, we in Jouberton together with the residents of ward 11 in extension 1 celebrate freedom day by touching the lives of ordinary needy people of our community. Today the ward councillor of ward 11 Cllr. Matome Mangesi led a team of volunteers which mostly dominated by young people to paint houses of three families within his ward. The councillor himself was getting his hands dirty as he literally participated in painting of the houses himself together with the volunteers.

They did not only paint the houses, but also helped in cleaning their yards. Three families were identified which are the Banda family house no 1139, Zoko family house no 1202 and also a house belonging to an elderly Mrs. Selina Tlhako (76) of house no 378 10th Street who could not contain her appreciation and excitement. She added that it was the first time she has been given such a dignified treatment and wished to God that he bless everyone present.

It is not the first time that Cllr. Matome Mangesi has reached out to community members in his ward. He is known for doing good deeds to the residents of his ward on Mandela day and even not on calendar days events. All of the selfless work done so far is all thanks to dedicated members of the community of extension 1, dedicated ward committee members and the councillor himself. If we had more councillors like him in our community our township would be a better place for everyone.