Dr Clive Ntemi Mhlongo’s legacy to live on at Othandweni Child and Youth Care Centre in Soweto
On Wednesday 13 May 2015, the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr. Mpho Parks Tau, officially opened the new Resource Centre at Othandweni Child and Youth Care Centre in Mofolo, Soweto. The renovations to the centre that is owned and managed by Jo’burg Child Welfare (JCW), were made possible through a generous donation from the Sowazi family in memory of Dr Clive Ntemi Mhlongo.
Dr Clive Ntemi Mhlongo who, as part of his commitment to giving back to the community, dedicated his time to provide voluntary medical professional services to the children living at Othandweni for many years. Dr Mhlongo passed away in 2003 and as a tribute to his invaluable contribution to the Othandweni Care Centre, the Sowazi family engaged the Tiso Foundation to manage the construction of building upgrades and a resource centre. The upgrades include a new catering kitchen that will allow the centre to more effectively cater for all 90 children who reside at the centre, a spacious hall that can be used for activities, as well as a computer room, library, toilets, as well as renovations to two counselling rooms.
The new Resource Centre and building upgrades will not only help the home’s operations run smoother, it will also provide, children with access to new educational tools and books and computer equipment, that they would otherwise not have access to. The centre offers residential care for up to 90 children of all ages who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.
“Othandweni Children’s Home was very close to Dr Mhlongo’s heart. “We are honoured to be a small part of the legacy of his contribution and the work of Jo’burg Child Welfare. We also want to assure JWC and Othandweni that our efforts to support and contribute will continue into the future” said Mpumelelo Sowazi on behalf of the Sowazi and Mhlongo “families
“Othandweni has long been an integral part of the Soweto community and we are most grateful to the Mhlongo and Sowazi families for their ongoing commitment to supporting the vulnerable children of our community,” said Ms Nomvuyo Shabangu, Assistant Director at Jo’burg Child Welfare. “The management of this special project and the expertise that we received from the Tiso Foundation was critical to the delivery of this wonderful building and we are grateful to them for their role in this project.”