By: Sello Theletsane
JOHANNESBURG- The Kenny Kunene Foundation today partnered with Boulevard Cellars in Rivonia to distribute hundreds of food parcels to poor elderly residents of Penniville and New Canada informal settlement south of Joburg.
One of the recipients was Cynthia Nontangane(56) from New Canada informal settlement. Nontangane, who is unemployed, takes care of her late sister’s five kids aged between 8 – 12, the youngest of who has spinal chord problem. Nontangane said all five kids do not have birth certificates as their mother died without registering them with Department of Home Affairs.
“I went to Home Affairs to get them birth certificates but they wanted R3 500 for blood tests of me and the children. I do not have that kind of money. I’m unemployed. I rely on my two sons who don’t even have full time jobs themselves.”
Founder of the foundation Kunene and Andrew Panayiotou from Boulevard Cellars donated R2000 each to Nontangane. Metro police officers also donated some cash to the family. The family also received four food parcels.
Panayiotou said: “During terrible times like these, we are all called upon to stretch out our hands and be a blessing to the less fortunate. I was filled with tears to witness the grinding poverty under which these people live.”
Kunene said: “This is part of my social responsibility programmes. I wish to thank Boulevard Cellars for extending its hand at time when the country’s poorest of the poor need us most. We call upon business
people and ordinary citizens who can afford to help in any way so that our people don’t die of starvation.”