Happy Christmas – we belong together!

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“What do we do at Thanda?” was one of the questions put to 160 children from the Ngwenya community neighbouring Thanda during the mini quiz at their annual Christmas party.

“We look after the guests,” was the charming answer from the children.

Every year Thanda’s Father Christmas visits the children in the three communities neighbouring the reserve – Ngwenya, Mdletshe and Mandlakazi – for a wonderful party with gifts, fun and much laughter.

Thanda staff member Sipho Sibiya is Father Christmas and he gives all the children gift packs in Thanda drawstring bags, filled with snacks, sweets, cooldrinks and gifts such as crayons, pens and Christmas decorations.

The children love the mini quiz – conducted in isiZulu – that is part of the entertainment at the party. They win gifts like playing cards or Christmas whistles for getting the answers correct. Another question was: name the Big Five and the children answered correctly!

Twelve of Thanda staff members join Father Christmas at the parties, including Thanda’s Community Liaison Officer, Hector Mkhwanazi and Hospitality General Manager, Magdel Geldenhuys.

Most of Thanda’s staff members are from these three communities, and the community headmen thanked Thanda for our support. Hector thanked the headmen for inviting us and he thanked the children for coming to the party. “It makes us happy to see you happy,” he said.

The children then tucked into a giant cake specially baked for them by Thanda’s chefs. Written in green icing on the cakes it said: “Happy Christmas – we belong together

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