Meet the Kwazakhele retailer that is in the gifting business

More than 30 pairs of shoes and 100 meal packs were donated by SUPERSPAR Daku to Kwazakhele schoolchildren at a recent handover ceremony at Assemblies of Christ Church. Photo: Supplied

While life can be hard in Nelson Mandela Bay’s Kwazakhele township, there is also plenty of hope thanks to the tireless efforts of those who strive to uplift the local community. From religious leaders and teachers to informal traders and entrepreneurs, these individuals believe a better life for all is attainable and will do everything in their power to make it happen.

Such commitment to the wellbeing of residents has always resonated with the management and staff of SUPERSPAR Daku.

Whenever a need has arisen, they have rolled up their sleeves to play their part, often partnering with local organisations and Kwazakhele’s Good Samaritans to help others.

Unfortunately, with the sudden arrival of Covid-19 in 2020, many efforts were curtailed or even halted. It was heart-wrenching for everyone, particularly township youth who through these initiatives can reclaim the dignity too often lost to difficult financial circumstances. As soon as life returned to normal, however, SUPERSPAR Daku general manager Adriaan Terblanche and his team were back looking for new projects that could make a positive impact in the area.

It was not long before they found them.

Aaron Gqadu Senior Public School and the Assemblies of Christ Church, both shining institutions in the township, have served the community with distinction for years. Sadly, the school had been in desperate need of a proper library, explained principal Rodney Mtywaru.

“We had been using a classroom as the library and it needed to be renovated badly. It needed to be repainted and there was a hole in the roof,” he said. This meant that the children would have to go to another library, but it is far away and it cost money to get there. It was too much for our learners who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Thankfully, an NGO from Cape Town helped us with books and we found the money to redo the entire room.”

With his ear to the ground as usual, Terblanche quickly came on board to provide meals for all those who attended the recent opening of the library.

“It was a great occasion. We invited neighbouring schools and parents to the event and are very grateful to them for providing the meals,” said Mtywaru.

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