Benevolence: Premier Noxolo Kiviet this week gave gifts worth R170000 to about 500 poor families. Picture: Sithandiwe Velaphi
About 500 poor families in the impoverished Libode district near Mthatha on Wednesday benefited from Premier Noxolo Kiviet’s Christmas gifts amounting to R170 000.
Kiviet said her desire came from her quest of ensuring that poor households were not left behind when millions across the country celebrated Christmas with their families. She handed over food vouchers and gifts to the families.
Senior manager of the presidential hotline in the office of the Premier, Sinethemba Mashalaba, told beneficiaries that the Premier wanted to make sure that beneficiaries enjoyed the festive season like the rest of the people in the province.
Mashalaba said: “Many of our people live in poverty and this programme is meant to show them that the government of the Eastern Cape cares about them and will continue to do more to lift them out of poverty.”
Mashalaba made a call to other of the province’s residents who had means to give to those less fortunate than them.
“We call on other citizens of our province to show Ubuntu and share with the less fortunate during this festive season.
“Let us rekindle the old adage that says your child is my child and ensure that we accelerate the work of achieving a poverty-free Eastern Cape.”
A beneficiary, Nosakhe Mfene, said: “We thank the premier for the wonderful gifts. It is not a joke when someone says we are poor. We are poor and we were wondering how we are going to make ends meet this festive season.”
Zukiswa Mkhangiso said she the gifts were going to make a huge difference in her family of three people.
Included in the grocery packs were items such as 10kg of rice, sugar, mealie meal and samp.
The Premier, together with South African Social Security Agency, have invested over R1.5m in the programme this year and have benefitted over 900 families in the province. Other people from Lusikisiki, Qumbu and Flagstaff have already received their gifts.