THE DR. S.B RADEBE FOUNDATION JUMPS TO AID KLIPTOWN FLOOD VICTIMS
Article by : Palesa Hloele
On The 14th of February 2020, The Dr S.B Radebe Foundation under the Leadership of Dr Prophet UzwiLezwe Radebe distributed blankets, Clothes and disposable diapers to the community of Charter Square in Kliptown Soweto.
“We are here to assist those who were affected by the floods, we might not have much but with the little that we have we are here to give.” Dr Prophet Uzwilezwe Radebe said during the handover ceremony.
Large parts of Gauteng remained underwater after some hectic rains caused city-wide floods across Johannesburg last week Saturday.
The Dr S.B Radebe Foundation is founded by Dr Prophet UzwiLezwe Radebe to extend a helping hand to communities and people who have been struck by a disaster such as this, amongst other things.
“My foundation has done a lot of things, it has assisted with relief where a disaster has struck, we assisted in the Mpumalanga floods and during the floods in Alexandra we brought aid to the affected and we have assisted children who cannot afford to go to school.”
Although the Prophet came in the capacity of the Founder of the Dr S.B Foundation, the Spiritual side of the Prophet was evoked when the prophet urged the people gathered to work on their mindset and to strive to utilise their minds to better themselves “I pray for the mind-set of the black people to change.”
The Prophet also urged people not to sell their blankest but to accept them with open hearts. In closing the prophet said “When I started the New Year with my congregation at the Orlando stadium I said, the world does not owe you anything. You must stand up and ask yourself what can I do to help myself?”
“I believe in African spirituality therefore, I believe people should use their brains to help themselves. The Heavens will bless you when you work towards bettering yourself.”
Ward Councillor Representative Mr Peter Sebotsa spoke on the words of Prophet Radebe when the Prophet said: “We do not have much, but we will give what we have.” Mr Sebotsa expressed his gratitude for the help extended by the foundation and also stating that a lot of organisations have promised to come and offer help but none have come. “We are very grateful; I did not know the Prophet had a foundation that assists people in such situations.”
Amongst the recipients was Happy Sithole a 73 years old pensioner who could not hide his delight as he clung to his new blanket which was handed to him personally by Dr Prophet Radebe. “Before coming here I was busy cleaning my shack, there is still a lot of mud inside, but I am very happy with my new blanket, I am going to sleep comfortably tonight.” On his way out Happy was offered a R100 note in exchange for his new blanket he vigorously shook his head and said: “This is my blanket and I am going to sleep nice tonight.”
Mr Sebotsa went on to explain how dire the situation is in the affected areas “we are indeed faced with a hard situation, the way these floods attacked us, all these people present today have lost everything.”
Disaster can strike at anytime and anywhere, as people of South Africa we are urged to empathize with those affected. In closing the Mr Sebotsa urged people to be appreciative no matter how small the gesture may be.