67 Minutes dedicated to make a change
Article and photos by LS Bonnie Ntsangani
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On 18 July on Nelson
Mandela’s birthday members of Naval Publications Unit (NPU)
took time to make a difference in the lives of people at
The Jones Safe House head by Bernadette and Dovan Jones.
Members of the unit came out in numbers in support of
this country wide initiative.
The group gather around for the welcoming speech
In 2010 the Jones Safe House
had approximately 30 children, some of whom have since
left again. Children that they take care
for include abused children and often the children of
drug addicted mothers. Currently the haven houses more
than 21 children
as well as four recovering drug-addiction mothers.
Our mission for the day was
to trim the trees and cut the grass. As 67 minutes was
not enough time for this initiative, the Acting Officer
Commanding of NPU, WO1 M. Khumalo gave permission to
complete the tasks utilising more time. The members
where determined to make a success and returned the
following two days to the Safe House. The overgrown and
bushy yard transformed slowly into a neat area where the
children could play outside. ‘We turned 67 minutes into
3 days and although it was hard work we did it with a
pleasure’ said LS Ntsangani.
NPU also donated food,
clothes, toys and blankets for the mothers that are
currently unemployed due to their addiction.
Uniform and PSAP members put in a combined effort