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W Coast College does its bit to honour Madiba’s legacy

West Coast College joined many institutions and other organisations in commemorating what would have been late former President Nelson Mandela’s 102nd birthday, by helping the less fortunate of the communities it serves.

Each year on this day, 18 July, 67 minutes, representing each year of a life well spent striving for justice in all its forms and human rights, are devoted to serving others.

This ongoing struggle, for many, has become especially pertinent during the Covid-19 pandemic and all the measures surrounding it. The theme of the recent 18th lecture organised by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in New York summed it up well – “Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new social contract for a new era”.

Responding to this “social contract” call, West Coast College’s different campuses, with support from stakeholders such as Saldanha Bay Municipality, Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, West Coast Can and the Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS), rendered much needed services – cleaning streets and providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to surrounding communities.

Rhazia Hamza, Deputy Principal: Innovation and Development at West Coast College, said: “West Coast College, even at this time of uncertainty, supports our stakeholders and communities, and wanted to reach out to those who need help the most.”

These initiatives came at time when the country is in sombre mood as it reels from ever spiralling infection rates and deaths, which the great and good are certainly not immune to, including the late Madiba. South Africa still reels from the sudden passing recently of his daughter Zindziswa, Ambassador to Denmark, also believed to have contracted Covid-19.

The college, to help fight winter chills, shared soup with the Citrusdal community and delivered donated clothes to The Haven night shelter in Malmesbury. The Central Office, with the help of the Students Representative Council, picked up dirt and swept streets near the Malmesbury campus.

Says Hamza: “At a time when resources are scarce and service delivery is stretched, the Central Office wanted to clean the streets and make good the college’s new Wipe-Out Campaign to wipe the coronavirus out outdoors, and assist the municipality which has stretched resources at this time.”

The college is pursuing various initiatives and, honouring regulations set by government, strengthening the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. To find out what the college is doing, people can visit the college website at www.westcoastcollege.co.za for more updates.

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