The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality has donated clothing items to 250 people in Bloemfontein’s Phahameng Township.
The items – sourced from the clothing bank initiated by executive mayor Thabo Manyoni in 2012 – included shoes, shirts, dresses, skirts, trousers, jackets, socks and hats.
“We are clothing the poor . . . and restoring the dignity of people who feel the world has forgotten about them,” Maditaba Matsoetlane, a member of the Mangaung mayoral committee, said after handing out the donations on July 24.
“We saw a need of clothing among our people and in 2012 we initiated the clothing bank concept as the municipality to make sure our people who are in need get the help they require to lead normal lives,” she added.
Among the beneficiaries in Phahameng were child-headed families, single and unemployed mothers as well as senior citizens who have no one to fend for them.
Some residents from Thaba Nchu and Botshabelo have also benefitted from the clothing bank.
“We help in every instance where people have been affected by factors such as fires destroying their homes and belongings,” Matsoetlane said.
“We work through the reports we receive from ward councillors and step in by providing clothing for the victims.”
Maggy Ntsane, aged 34, an unemployed single mother of three from Phahameng, said the clothing donation came at a time when she needed it the most.
“With three children in winter and the lack of warm clothing, this donation could not have come at a better time and I’d like to thank our Metro for thinking of the plight of the less fortunate,” she said.
“The donation will go a long way towards making my load easier as I can now focus on getting them food instead of stressing about what they would wear.”
Granny Mathabo Mofokeng, 73, said the jacket and neck scarf she got will keep her warm enough to stand in a long line to collect her pension at the end of the month.
“I won’t be shivering anymore . . . the cold can kiss me good-bye because now I have just the thing for it,” she said.