“Treat the disabled with love and affection” – Mayor Muhlope

Members of Musina Disability Forum captured with Mayor Mihloti Muhlope in their vegetable garden.  They are Blade Simango, Hangwani Nethavhana, Yunsa Mbewe and Rendani Manengena Members of Musina Disability Forum captured with Mayor Mihloti Muhlope in their vegetable garden. They are Blade Simango, Hangwani Nethavhana, Yunsa Mbewe and Rendani Manengena

Members of the Musina Disability Forum were treated with royalty. This was confirmed by the visit of Musina Mayor Cllr Mihloti Muhlope to their centre at Musina Nancefield Location. The members have been allocated land and a building where they do artwork, garnering and play sports.

Muhlope said it was important for her to visit members of the Disability Forum because they form part of the important stakeholders for the municipality. “We take this forum very seriously because we regard the disabled as an important part of the municipality. As a caring municipality, we made sure that they have land and a shelter to work from. All their programmes are coordinated from my office and it has always been a pleasure to work with them.”

She congratulated the disabled for the good work they are doing to develop themselves and the community. “We are really impressed by their art work, gardening skills and information sharing sessions that they hold in their conference hall. We are also happy that they are getting some income through the vegetables they sell to the public. They are clearly displaying to us that the time for the disabled to depend on other members of the community to survive is part of history. We will continue to give them support because they are playing a major role in developing our society.”

Muhlope called upon community members to treat the disabled with love and affection. “We have few incidents where the disabled are abused by family and community members. This should be reported to us or the law enforcement agencies with immediate effect.  The disabled should also stand up for their rights and guard against anyone who is abusing them.”

The Manager at Musina Disability Forum centre, Rendani Manengena said it was a blessing for them to be visited by the Mayor.  “We understand that she has a tight schedule but the fact that she decided to put everything aside to come and pay us a visit should be appreciated. We are also happy that under her leadership, we are getting incredible support from the municipality. This really displays that indeed, our government really cares for us.”

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