Makro and Intergroup Brand Science partner for Mandela Day

On 18 July, as people around the world spent at least 67 minutes doing something positive for their communities, Intergroup Brand Science (formerly Interbrand Africa), in partnership with Makro, visited the Luyanda uThando Lwabantwana Day Care Centre in Alexandra.

The international day was inspired by the speech Mandela gave at his 90th birthday celebration in Hyde Park, London. Madiba called on the leaders and the people of all nations to actively change the world for the better. His powerful words, “It’s in your hands now,” galvanised people world over to take action.

Falling on what would’ve been Madiba’s 99th birthday, this year’s message is about taking Action Against Poverty.

“Madiba transformed his life, served his country and laid the foundations for positive change in South Africa. In a small way, we aspire to do the same,” says CEO of Intergroup Brand Science, Doug de Villiers. “It’s not only on Mandela Day we should build our communities. We visit Joyce Hlomuka and the Luyanda uThando Lwabantwana Day Care Centre 4 times a year, bringing supplies and assisting with building maintenance and refurbishments.”

“The team from Makro Germiston, Albert Mostert, Nontokozo Shabangu, Rudolf Van Greuning, Yolanda Mkwakwi and Lungelo Mgaga, really came to the party this year, joining us and donating a brand new Defy stove to help Joyce feed the 50+ children in her care” says Doug de Villiers. “Joyce was elated! The oven and the maintenance work done to the classroom will, in a small way, continue to help these children transform their own lives.”

Makro Germiston’s General Manager, Stanley Adolph added that he was extremely proud of the teams efforts and said “Wherever there is a need, Makro Germiston will be there.”

Joyce Hlomuka opened the Luyanda uThando Lwabantwana Day Care Centre 21 years ago in 1996, providing all-day care and education for 45 children ages between 3 months to 5 years old. Joyce also opened her home to 14 orphaned children, 6 of whom have now moved on to find jobs and homes elsewhere.

Joyce’s biggest challenge is providing ‘her children’, as she calls them, with enough nutritious food to sustain them and to help them grow healthy bodies and minds.

“Year in and year out, we see the children grow and thrive thanks to the safe foundation Joyce is provides. I salute Joyce as she exemplifies all that Madiba stood for.” says Doug de Villiers.

“We’re so happy to have helped Mama Joyce and look forward to being invited around for when she bakes up a batch of muffins”, said Nontokozo Shabangu Marketing Manager for Makro Germiston.