Menzi is based in Tsakane, Brakpan and provides a permanent home for 12 children (aged 8 months to 18 years). These children are physically disabled, mentally handicapped
or HIV+. Menzi started in 2005 in the house of Tshidi's parents, with five children.
Tshidi (Precious Pearl) now runs the home from a rented house, which is the eighth house they have lived in since leaving the original home. The sad fact is that once they have renovated a house, the landlords then ask them to move on as they can get a higher rent.
The current house has a leaking roof, which seeps through onto the children's beds/cots. The rain has damaged the ceiling lights, which no longer work. The current landlord is not interested in fixing anything and Menzi do not want to spend their limited resources to fix up yet another house. In addition to this, the house is extremely cramped, it has four rooms plus a tiny bathroom, for 14 individuals. Outside, there is no suitable play equipment or garden for the children.
Menzi receive a government grant of R5,760 pm and rely heavily on handouts and donations.They currently have a donation of R20k to purchase their own home but require additional funds.
PRIORITY # 1 – A HOME OF THEIR OWN
• A four bedroom home in either the Tsakane or
Geluksdale area with bathrooms suitable for disabled
and a garden.
PRIORITY # 2 - BASICS
• Fixtures & Fittings
• Monthly donation to cover expenses (R5,000). This can
be in the form of food vouchers etc.
PRIORITY # 3 - APPLIANCES
• Large fridge
• Gas Stove
In 2017 CFCI Welfare Department adopted a home based in Tsakane named Menzi. The Welfare department’s aim was to create better living environment for the children living there. After to successful outreaches and with the help of CFC Welfare volunteers, CFC Members, Karl Buizedenhout and his team from C & I Electrical, Riaan Du Plooy and his team from R & B Handyman Services and contributions from Nedbank CSI Department and TOTAL SA we were able to accomplish a lot. We completely rewired the entire house, repaired all leaking
pipes, and fitted a washbasin and kitchen tops, bought a new double door fridge, 9 kg washing machine, we screeded the floors and laid carpets in the all the bedrooms. All of this happened while the children went out for Lunch to spur steak house in Nigel and a week later, they spent the day in the park playing and having fun.
We give God the glory since doing all the upgrades and time spent with the children at Menzi, The Nelson Mandela fund adopted this home and are currently building them a brand new wheel chair friendly home with state of the art paraplegic equipment.