Group kitchen brings hope to Tholeni


A rural group has turned its painful previous into a chance to feed and develop its folks, after being thrown into darkness by a serial killer. 

The Phumalanga Vitamin and Growth Challenge, which operates from the Tholeni White Door Centre of Hope in Tholeni Village within the Japanese Cape, feeds 120 aged folks residing with disabilities and orphaned youngsters.

The centre was began as a group kitchen in 2013, after convicted serial killer Bulelani Mabhayi raped and killed over 20 girls and kids within the village.

A beneficiary of the Phumalanga Vitamin and Growth Challenge, Notheko Mabayi (70), says the village’s girls began the venture because of the influence of poverty within the village. Group members donated R20 per family for meals and tools.

“The households in our group had misplaced breadwinners and kids have been left orphaned by the killings. After seeing the devastation, we determined to assist these much less lucky by beginning a meals drive,” Mabayi says.

When the venture was up and operating, the Division of Social Growth took over the funding of the venture, supplying meals, cutlery, tables and stoves.

Mabayi says the meals are additionally serving to to curb crime among the many youth, as they now have one thing to eat. “Up to now, we had a severe subject of theft, however this has decreased for the reason that programme began.”