Church handed over to First Lady Makhumalo Zuma
3 June 2012
African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), today handed over a church
to The First Lady Mrs Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma, wife of
President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the Church Leadership of
the Salvation Army, represented by the Territorial
Commander, Mr W. Langa.
The First Lady Mrs MaKhumalo Zuma approached ARM through
the Jacob Zuma Foundation to build the church in iNkandla
where to date no such facility existed.
ARM is committed to the creation of jobs, eradication of
poverty and the provision of education, skills, business
and other opportunities to all South Africans and in
particular women, the youth and disabled persons.
"There are many different community upliftment projects
that we have initiated throughout South Africa over many
years but building a church is always very special.
Churches have made huge contributions not only to the
religious and spiritual growth of our people, but also in
education, the provision of skills, the building of clinics
and other community upliftment initiatives that have
improved the living conditions of all our people", said
Patrice Motsepe, Executive Chairman of ARM.
Dudu Myeni, Chairman of the Jacob Zuma Foundation said,
"ARM has demonstrated its commitment to respond to the
needs of the people in our country. The Jacob Zuma
Foundation has established long term partnerships that
support the ideals of the Patron which is to initiate
socio-economic upliftment projects which will alleviate and
eradicate poverty in the rural areas. For our country's
economic growth, stable political environment, harmony to
do business, and improved livelihoods, somehow we need to
join hands and work together. It is our responsibility, all
of us to look around and bring hope and lift those who feel
She went on to say, "our Patron believes that the money
must go to where it is needed the most and should benefit
the poorest of the poor."
The Patron of the Jacob Zuma Foundation, His Excellency
President Jacob Zuma said, "ARM's commitment to helping
those in need is encouraging and should be emulated by many
other South African corporations. This Church will not only
serve as a place of worship but will also serve as an
important assembly point for all the members of the various
communities to discuss and identify projects and
initiatives to improve their villages and living