Spreading festive cheer

From left, Shihaam Adams, Taybah Abrahams, Aleeyah Daniels and Bilqees Adams dressed up in minstrel outfits to add to the festive atmosphere.

The Manenberg community rallied together to bring cheer to 300 seniors by doing a “drive-by” luxury box hand-out, using a horse and cart on Saturday December 12.

Lionel van Rensburg dressed up as Father Christmas and with him is Aghmat Mohamed.

Usually, the organisers of this event – Aghmat Mohamed, Lionel van Rensburg and Kyle Daniels – would arrange a sit-down celebration, but because of Covid-19 it was not possible this year.

Mr Mohamed said seniors should be valued.

“A few weeks ago, one of our elders was murdered in her house, and we wanted to get the message out there to value our vulnerable older folk. We want young people to unite and do everything in our power to make our elderly feel protected and supported. We want to be role models to show our children how to care for others, particularly our seniors.

We must help in any possible way to make life easier for them – whether to do their chores or go to the shop for them. We also wanted to continue spreading the message of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence during this special event,” Mr Mohamed said.

Asa Duncan gives Jeanette Kouter one of the luxury boxes.

He thanked all who assisted – those who donated and helped to pack and distribute the boxes.

“The residents of Manenberg work well together for the community, but a lot of work is still needed,” he added.