K’sasalethu is ubuntu-centric

Themba Mashinini (left), Dumisani Tshabalala (middle) and Ntokozo Mahlangu of the K'sasalethu organisation.

“Our vision is to be an organisation that focuses on social, educational and environmental development; and transformation, growth and sustainability,” says Themba Mashinini.

“We want to create a convenient system where we bridge the gap between previously disadvantaged and developed communities,” he adds.

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He goes on to explain that the only way to change the community is to participate actively in bettering the lives of the people around you, and not just to sit on the sidelines.

“Everyone needs to get involved. All of us have something to give,” says Ntokozo Mahlangu.

The organisation has started a programme aimed at collecting and distributing clothes (unbranded school uniforms and casual clothes) and mind-stimulating reading material to the less fortunate.

There are drop-off points for donations at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Customer Care Centres (CCC) in Duduza, KwaThema and Tsakane.

The drop-off points are outside the buildings and clearly marked with the K’sasalethu logo.

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“Our schools know the needs of the community better than anyone else, so we collaborate with the schools to find the children who need what we have to offer,” says Mashinini.

The organisation collects the donations from the drop-off points and hands them over to the schools to distribute to their learners.

Dumisani Tshabalala adds that he hopes that the community will be spurred into action.

“Ubuntu is a virtue built on compassion and humanity. We should always be concerned about the quality of the lives of those around us,” says Tshabalala.

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