The DSAC gives back to the Phillipstown community
The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture went out to Phillipstown on Monday on a social outreach programme to give back to elderly women in commemoration of Women’s Month. The Mayor of Renosterberg gave a warm welcome to all in attendance, lifting their spirits when as he exclaimed, “I just want to tell you that you all look so beautiful”.
The MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture Bernice Sinxeve spoke to the women as a mother herself, encouraging them on the excellent work they are doing and commending them for always being providers and standing firm where men are lacking, “Men are important in society but nothing beats a mothers love”.
The department gave each woman a goodie bag consisting of staple foods such as mealie meal and oil, they also handed out cosmetics and a cooked meal. MEC Sinxeve identified this town when the department visited the town on Mandela Day. It is an impoverished community and she promised she would come back. Sinxeve said, “As a woman, even if u drive the latest cars and have your children in prestigious schools, if you look down on other women who are not soaring financially, then you have dismally failed as a woman”. An elderly woman, Nontsikelelo Masibule explained, “I feel so important, I never knew that people in high positions also think of the difficulties we face as we are living in poverty and having to raise our grandchildren. I wish they could visit us more often as we are grateful not just for the parcels they give but also for their presence in the community, it shows that we are surely not forgotten”.
The children in the community were also included in the festivities, whilst the women were in the Lukhanyisweni Community Hall they were outside on jumping castles and were treated to popcorn and slush puppies. “The poverty in this area is alarming. I am sure some of these children have never been on a jumping castle before nor have they had a slush puppy until now,” a community member stated.
The day ended off on a high note with many of the woman dancing and singing in praise as they felt the joy of being commemorated.