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July 2013 - New opportunities on Mandela Day

Reading is set to unlock the door of possibilities at Iphutheng Primary School in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg as learners received a new portable library, books and non-perishable food.

Used can recovery company, Collect-a-Can partnered with Nelson Mandela Square to host an annual pre-Mandela Day collection drive of books and non-perishable food at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton City earlier this month.

The collection drive was followed by the handover of all the goods on Thursday, 18 July 2013, as part of the International Nelson Mandela Day celebrations.

“We are passionate about the education of our youth, particularly about getting our youngsters to read,” says Zimasa Velaphi, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Collect-a-Can. “We also recognise that when individuals are educated and knowledgeable they will eventually take up the challenge set by former president Nelson Mandela to help change the world for the better and to lead South Africa according to his example.”
The learners received a portable container library with more than 800 books, sponsored by Collect-a-Can, and the 17 day collection drive contributed an additional 1219 food items, 1376 reading books and stationery that were donated to Iphutheng Primary School.

It was a truly celebratory affair with birthday songs and touching tributes to uTata Mandela by the Iphutheng Primary School learners.

“This initiative aims to make a sustainable difference in the Alexandra community, by encouraging children to read and giving them the tools they require to carry the responsibility of inspiring and improving South Africa,” says Megan Meas, Regional Marketing Manager for Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City.

“We believe that a full tummy powers a healthy brain, which develops excellent future leaders and ensures that our nation grows up in a healthy environment,” Meas continues. “We would also like to thank everyone who generously contributed toward the worthy cause, and we encourage everybody to make every day a Mandela Day.”

“I am overwhelmed, honoured and humbled by this incredible community outreach,” says Mike Thobejane, Principal of Iphutheng Primary School. “We already have a feeding scheme at the school and these extra supplies will boost our ability to provide each of our learners with a healthy hearty meal every day.”

“It is difficult to teach and educate children when they come to school with an empty tummy, so we would like to thank Collect-a-Can and Nelson Mandela Square for investing in Iphutheng Primary School, by taking action to alleviate poverty through their donations.”

Any goods donated after 18 July 2013 can be delivered to the Sandton City Management offices.

To find out more about how your business can get involved, visit Nelson Mandela Square’s website or call 011-217-6000 or visit Collect-a-Can’s website  or contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939. Nelson Mandela Square and Collect-a-Can are also on Facebook and Twitter.

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