06 March 2021
Ekurhuleni – The Phalane family in Katlehong has been living in a rundown house for months now, after part of their home collapsed.
On Saturday, popular Ekurhuleni businessman Given Muhlari, flanked by #NotInMyName president Siyabulela Jentile and Lizwe Ncube of Dunmarsh Investments arrived at the family home, offering support following the publishing of the family’s story in Daily Sun newspaper.
Muhlari, popular on social media as Given The Giver, said he could not sleep well knowing that a family in Katlehong needs his help.
“Phalane contributed significantly to football in this country. He used to play for the Zebras football club. He is a legend, who is still assisting the locals, new talent and all of that. You heard when he said today he is not at the soccer fields only because he has visitors,” said Muhlari who was celebrating his 40th birthday on Saturday.
His birthday coincidentally happens on the same day with his late grandmother – the woman he attributes for the principles that guide him in business today.
Speaking to journalists at the Phalane family about the upcoming renovations, Muhlari said an engineer will soon visit the homestead to make an assessment of the structure of the house.
“With the team of the guys that I have and the business guys that we work with together, I don’t think it will take us long, I was having a discussion with the two of them, but we are going to have a meeting with them as this is the first time to come here, the last time the pictures that we saw the roof was not there, thanks to Baba Maziya the funeral guy [undertaker] who managed to come on board and assist with the roof,” said Muhlari.
The businessman and philanthropist added that the major renovations to the dilapidated house would probably take two months.
“The work that is here now, I think it will take us minus or plus two months, it’s a matter of us sitting down and planning and everything. It will cost us, there are a lot of things that needs to be done but not done correctly, so chances are, we are talking of almost R500 000, rough estimate, plus or minus that amount.”
On Saturday, Muhlarhi who was in a celebratory mood, handed over food and other essentials to the needy Phalane family.
Walking around the yard with the assistance of crutches, Gabriel Phalane, whose house is soon to be renovated could not hide his joy.
“I am happy because he [Muhlarhi] did not come alone, he came with others. I had not lost my hope. My heart today is very happy as I can see they are people trying to help me. I have not been neglected. There are people like Mr Given who feel my pain,” said Phalane.
For #NotInMyName, which has been running food relief campaigns since the start of the lockdown last year, Jentile said they would be exploring ways to team up with Muhlarhi.
“As an organization NotInMyName is encouraged to see other organizations and leaders in society like our brother here Given The Giver who has been doing this for a very long time. As the general populace we need to encourage them, but most importantly we need to support them which is the main reason why we are here,” said Jentile.
He added that such actions of giving should not be once-off events.
Ncube, representing Dunmarsh Investments based in Edenvale expressed his company’s commitment towards helping communities and poor members of the society.
“I have also come to support Mr Given. What he is doing is touching, they say a thousand miles journey begins with a single step, no matter how small it might seem,” said Ncube.
“There is a popular saying which also says: ‘your effort might be a drop in an ocean but the ocean will never be the same again without that drop. So we are very keen to help. We are also participating. As a company we have donated more than two thousand food hampers during the Covid-19 lockdown, so such kind of exercises have to be done,” said Ncube.