Court cases and municipality sagas cannot stop us.
Our traders as NTHA members still continue with their daily lives and annual plans. In June, we celebrated Youth Day and 67 Minutes of Mandela Day in style as we donated sanitary pads to 20 schools and their teachers at Chiefs House in Meadowlands. Twenty branches attended and were served with breakfast and lunch. The day was a great success as speakers from the different schools and Phumzile Ratladi, general secretary of NTHA, took part in motivating learners and educating them about the dangers of underage drinking, and the importance of concentrating on their education and to listening to their parents. A male teacher from Mogale City also relayed a sad story about growing up in a time when he was a boy at school and would see schoolgirls with their jerseys around their waists because they had soiled their skirts because they did not have sanitary pads and some schoolgirls would not attend school because of their lack of sanitary pads.
Christmas in July
The second celebration took place on 25 July at Chief’s House. We invited 270 senior citizens, who were pampered with breakfast and lunch and gifted with blankets.
The second celebration took place on 25 July at Chief’s House. We invited 270 senior citizens, who were pampered with breakfast and lunch and gifted with blankets. The stakeholders for the day included liquor traders from all 27 branches, the representatives from SAB Baragwanath Depot, Mangi Mdlalose, Thabo from Sassa, who informed the senior citizens about the new Sassa cards and also advised them to be aware of people scamming them with insurance, funeral cover and loan sharks, and Kefilwe from Ancient Health, who gave our senior citizens foot massages. We have never seen our elderly so happy in the history of Christmas in July!
Mrs Nthabiseng Seapa, the speaker of the day, gave advice, telling the senior citizens that they should make sure that they are well taken care of as no one knows his/her day. They were advised to be certain of who will be responsible for their property and possessions in the case of death to avoiding any misunderstanding between parents, children and grandchildren. The president of the association was thanked by several people for the good job she does by making sure that her organisation does not forget about the elderly.
Phumzile Ratladi also informed them that they should not keep quiet about traders who are trading abnormally and not observing operational time. She mentioned that the music must play for customers only and should not disturb neighbours and other people. Numbers of the chairpersons of the branches were handed out so that the public can call and give their complaints directly.
August was Women’s Month and NTHA and GLF members celebrated their Women’s Day in style at Dlamini Hall in Soweto. More than 400 women attended the event dressed in different styles. The hall was decorated in different colours. Various motivational speakers including Xoli, Faith and Pastor Mpumi Mkhonza motivated the women. Pastor Mpumi told the women about her own experience of parenting a child with schizophrenia, a sad experience indeed. She also mentioned that as women, we should not judge each other but uplift each other. If you know that any of your sisters are unhappy, give them support and do not point fingers and laugh about their problems. The day was a day well spent thanks to all the women who attended. Hands up to all of you may God bless you and your business.