Drakenstein tourism joins Mandela Day initiative

Madiba statue in Paarl

The Drakenstein Local Tourism Association (DLTA) will be joining the global movement for good on Mandela Day, today, Wednesday July 18.  The tourism association is calling on local businesses, organisations and communities to assist in the campaign. 

The DLTA will be joining forces with the non-profit organisation, Moms for Wellington. 

This group of about 40 women volunteers look after approximately 160 children between the ages of four and five on a daily basis. 

The community can become involved in this cause by dropping off donations at the tourism visitors’ centres in Paarl or Wellington today, Wednesday July 18, or physically assist with food preparation on Thursday July 19.  Food donations can include instant mieliepap, sugar and long-life milk or meat, rice, gravy or stock, vegetables such as potatoes, carrots or green beans that will be used to serve nutritious meals to the children. Special treats for the volunteers are also welcome.

 According to Anneliese Stroebel, general manager of the DLTA, the Drakenstein community has always had a close connection to Mandela Day.  “Former president Mandela spent the last part of his incarceration at the Victor Verster prison – now the Drakenstein Correctional Facility – and started his now famed “Long Walk to Freedom” from the facility on his release in February 1990. 

Today, it is a point of interest to visitors as there is a statue of Madiba in front of the gates and his house was proclaimed a South African National Heritage Site,” said Ms Stroebel. “We would like to carry on Madiba’s legacy and would like to encourage our local community to join us in helping Moms of Wellington, an organisation that is doing stellar work with these children.”

 For more information, contact the DLTA on 021 872 4842.