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By Simon Shabangu - THE SWAZI OBSERVER-08-Aug-2009

Her Majesty the Indlovukazi, who is the Patron of Philani MaSwati Charity Organisation, on Friday received E20 000 donation from gospel artist Sipho ‘Big Fish’ Makhabane during a presentation held at Ludzidzini Royal Residence.

Makhabane also presented E10 000 which was directed to the Epilepsy Association of Swaziland whose patron is Prince Bandzile. The Epilepsy Association was identified by Makhabane as beneficiaries of part of the proceeds from the Joyous Celebration concert as he had promised earlier on. When presenting the donation, Makhabane who is the director of Big Fish Music, said the money would assist Her Majesty in her quest to help the elderly.

“I have been informed that Her Majesty will be visiting the elderly in the different areas around the country. I, therefore, felt duty bound to donate to the organisation as they prepare to go out and assist the needy and elderly people,” he said. At the same event, South Africa-based Swazi Businesswoman Buyile Mthethwa in conjunction with Mthethwa brothers Nhlanhla and Shadrack, all from South Africa, donated 150 blankets. Buyile pledged to continue supporting the organisation in the near future.

David Nkosi, who is a husband to Her Majesty’s aide Senanile Nkosi donated 10 bags of maize. In response, Her Majesty them, for extending a helping hand to Philani’s efforts of helping the elderly people in the country. She commended Makhabane for his endless donations to various people around the county. She commended him for remembering his place of origin, saying a lot of people often forget to comeback home and assist once they are well off.

“I remember a touching incident where you donated to people in your area of origin and the elderly ended up crying as they were overjoyed. I also found myself crying upon watching the news,” Her Majesty added. Indlovukazi also mentioned that Philani would be going out to the countryside to donate to the elderly and highlighted that the different donations presented will go a long way in helping the elderly since they come in different forms.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of Philani MaSwati Bishop Mavovo Mkhonto said the charity organisation would next week visit Tikhuba, Ngudzeni and Nkwene where they will give food, clothes and blankets to the elderly.


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