Dudu Ngcobo-Maphalala, the Manager of Masibambaneni Care Centre, a place for children with disabilities in Umlazi Township, just up the road from the MUT’s Faculty of Natural Sciences, poured her heart out in a letter thanking MUT staff, students and sponsors for the donations they made to the centre on Mandela Day.
Prof Busi Nkonki-Mandleni, Director at the Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement (IRDCE), which led the project, said the centre was part of the surrounding areas where they were doing needs analysis. “MUT community, in partnership with eThekwini Municipality and Bargain Books presented donations such as garden tools, a computer, CD player, books, toys, non-perishable food and clothes. The children were involved in stimulating activities such as artwork, face painting, reading and dancing,” said Prof Nkonki-Mandleni. MUT Waste ambassadors (MUTWA) in collaboration with Durban Solid Waste shared the importance of keeping surroundings clean with the communities of Umhlabeni and Ezakheleni, where the centre is located.