KNYSNA NEWS - On Heritage Day annually celebrated on 24 September, two local establishments exercised the spirit of Ubuntu by cooking traditional feasts and offering them to locals, for free. Sanlam centre in Nekkies was packed with about 80 hungry folk, some in full African regalia, waiting to get a taste of the African cuisines on the day.
The man behind the initiative is bottle store owner Bebeto Fundi who said this was his way of giving back to the community. "I do this every year as there are families who can't afford to enjoy such meals. So this is for them and the community that embraced and continues to embrace my business."
Fundi said he comes from a generation who survived because of the act of sharing, and he hopes that his initiative would help revive that same spirit.
Echoing that spirit, Mpumi Bans of Elegant Tshisanyama in Concordia had their chef Nosipho Myeko put a twist on the traditional tripe to tantalise taste buds and she served the dish in style – also free of charge.
"We are because they are and we believe in the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity," Bans said. "The smell of these African scrumptious dishes reminds us of home no matter where we are. Some of our clients are like family and that's why we did this."
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