Mandela Day, Rabie staff feed 800 Sinenjongo learners for their 67 minutes for Mandela, Rabie.co.za

Rabie staff feed 800 Sinenjongo learners for their 67 minutes for Mandela

Sinenjongo and Rabie Staff on Mandela Day

Ratanga Junction did a superb job of feeding all 800 learners in record time

Sinenjongo and Rabie Staff on Mandela Day

LtR: Communications Manager, Maggie Rowley, and Leon Cohen, MD of Rabie Property Group with Kuselwa Malinga-Nopote – Principal of Sinenjongo High School and Chris Blackshaw, CEO of Century City Property Owners’ Association

Staff from Rabie Property Group, our theme park, Ratanga Junction and Century City Property Owners’ Association – the non-profit company responsible for the day to day running of Century City – joined forces today to feed the more than 800 learners and staff at

Sinenjongo and Rabie Staff on Mandela Day

Rabie MD, Leon Cohen, and director, Colin Anderson, help to serve the Sinenjongo learners

Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park in commemoration of former President Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday and the 67 years he spent fighting for democracy for South Africa.

All learners and staff at Sinenjongo High School were treated to a boerewors rolls, chips and cool drinks which were served by an army of volunteers from the three companies including Rabie’s MD Leon Cohen, Ratanga’s General Manager Bill Taylor and the CCPOA’s CEO Chris Blackshaw.

Sinenjongo and Rabie Staff on Mandela Day

Learners waiting their turn

Sinenjongo and Rabie Staff on Mandela Day

Each learner also received a packet of chips

Preparations for the meal, which was served during the school’s lunch break, started yesterday under the expert guidance of the Ratanga food and beverage team with all hands on deck preparing at the school today ahead of break.

Sinenjongo and Rabie Staff on Mandela Day

Happiness is a full tummy

So smoothly did the operations run that all 800 people had been served within 17 minutes – something of a record even for Ratanga which has been known to feed up to 10 000 people in any one day!

Mandela Day, Rabie staff feed 800 Sinenjongo learners for their 67 minutes for Mandela, Rabie.co.za

Happiness is a full tummy

Principal Ms Khuleswa Nopote said the gesture was hugely appreciated by all and it would be the only meal many of the learners would get today.

Sinenjongo and Rabie Staff on Mandela Day

Some learners took the initiative and walked around with a black bag to collect all the empty packets and hotdog wrappers

“It is doubly appreciated as the school feeding scheme which provides a daily meal for most of our learners on school days has not yet kicked in for this term.”

Sinenjongo High School was adopted by the Rabie Property Group as the major beneficiary of its Corporate Social Investment Project six years ago and since then has provided capex projects and additional teachers and programmes that have helped turn the school around and boosted its matric pass rate from around 27% to well over 90%.

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4 Comments
  • Barbara Gotsman

    July 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Absolutely wonderful – Rabie’s can be so proud of what ‘your school’ has achieved – all thro your fantastic input.

    • Natasha

      July 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Barbara. It is exceptionally heartwarming to see that by one small act at a time, BIG changes can be made in lives of others. We are very proud and fond of all the learners and teachers at Sinenjongo.

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    • Natasha

      September 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you Chris!