Seated are some of the recipients of blankets. They are Florah Chauke (77), Meriam Tlou (76) and Margareth Mvelasi (81). Standing are from left to right: Bully Rana, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Raju Vansia, Vee Jay Rana and Rocky Rana.

“When you give, you don’t have to blow a trumpet for everyone to hear the noise. In fact, the right hand should never know what the left hand is doing. I am that type of a character who does not like publicity when I give. The fact that I am blessed should encourage me to assist those who are less fortunate.” These were the words of the well-known Musina businessman, Bully Rana when handing over winter blankets to senior citizens at Musina. The event took place at Nancefield community hall. Rana, his business associates and Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope distributed 500 winter blankets to the elders in the urban and rural areas of Musina Municipality.

When handing over the blankets, Rana said the initiative is part of giving back to the community of Musina who has been supporting his businesses for many years. “I started from scratch here in Musina many years ago but the support we got from the local people is overwhelming. They kept on supporting our family business through thick and thin. As a family, we have realised that amongst our supporters, there are less privileged community members who need to be assisted. Because winter is cold, we thought it would be appropriate to buy the blankets in bulk and hand them over to our elderly people.”

Rana, who has supported many indigent graduates with his personal bursary scheme, encouraged other businesspeople to plough back to the community. “The more we club together to support our people, the more we reduce poverty and crime in our communities. I hope this initiative will encourage my fellow colleagues in the business fraternity to play their part in community development.”

Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope thanked Rana for assisting government in reducing poverty. “Government alone cannot win this war against poverty and underdevelopment. We are happy that we still have kind hearted business people like Rana who have the love of our community at heart. We really appreciate this kind gesture on behalf of our people.”

Florah Chauke (77) is one of the senior citizens who received a blanket. She said: “The blanket comes handy when we are experiencing a very cold weather here in Musina. We thank the donor for coming to our rescue during this perfect time.”