Giving back to the community on Nelson Mandela International Day
18 July is acknowledged around the world as Nelson Mandela International Day. On this day, individuals, communities, and organisations are urged to pause and reflect on Mandela’s values and principles, inspiring them to create a positive impact within their own communities.
The former South African President devoted his life to making the world a place where every human can contribute significantly, and South Africans are urged to dedicate 67 minutes of service to their fellow citizens.
Embodying this spirit of giving back, members from the RLB Cape Town office, accompanied by a representative from the Western Cape Government, visited the Gugulethu Community Health Centre to donate seven much-needed wheelchairs. These vital aids will greatly assist community members who are unable to afford one for themselves.
Xabiso Mjikeliso, a Candidate Quantity Surveyor and valued member of our Cape Town office, took the lead in this initiative as it holds personal significance for him. Being a member of the Association of Built Environment Students (ABES) at University of Cape Town (UCT), a society that fosters a well-rounded university experience through organising events that encourage engagement with society and civic responsibility. During his time as a student at UCT, Xabiso was involved with a project that facilitated a small refurbishment at a nearby disabled school, and put forward the suggestion to make the Community Health Centre the recipient for the donation.
Operating within the Klipfontein Health District, the Gugulethu Community Health Centre serves approximately 18,000 people by providing essential medical services.
This donation is part of RLB’s Socio-Economic Development initiatives, through which we aim to support communities and contribute to essential causes.