Shining a light on our own

19th August 2020

Here at Vumacam, we’ve all been touched by the gut-wrenching realities of COVID-19. That is why we believe it is important to celebrate the small victories and initiatives that keep turning the pandemic on its head.

Our colleague, Thandi Ntini, is the proud mother to Brandon (14), who recently submitted a story to Lights Courage Action!, a Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation initiative.  The initiative, which seeks to bring light and courage through storytelling, is a form of community-building, changing the COVID-19 narrative from deep fear to solution seeking. Here is Brandon in his own words:

“…Fear has been planted into everyone by this pandemic. This has taught people to practice hygiene. Lifestyle has changed with no choice, we have to wear masks all the time and avoid being in crowds. We spend our time with our families, all of the time, yet on the other side we still wish to socialise with other people, even going to Church. I feel like this pandemic has imprisoned us. There is no more joy or peace in our lives, as we are always worried but, COVID-19 has taught people to love one another. I have seen this through people donating money and food to the less privileged. The spirit of unity and giving is global. I urge people to stay united and protect ourselves and be safe. Together we can do it…”

Brandon’s story speaks to the struggles many South Africans are currently experiencing with the pandemic, yet through all the hardship and turmoil he is still inspired by the generosity of spirit exhibited by the people of South Africa, who have remained strong and hardworking though it all.

“If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it is that no matter your position in life, your situation can change in an instant. Kindness is free. You can help someone in any way by keeping your heart open. That is how we make the world a better place,” says Thandi.

Thandi’s journey with Vumacam began in August 2017 when she joined the Imfezeko Group, a shareholder of Vumacam, as a receptionist. The apple does not fall far from the tree, as Thandi not only proved herself by her incredible work ethic but did it all whilst studying Business Management part-time. In January 2020 Thandi’s hard work was recognized by the Vumacam Management and she was promoted to a projects administrator position where she works closely with the team who plan and build the infrastructure.

On behalf of everyone at Vumacam, we would like to challenge our clients, suppliers, security providers and team members to give back to individuals in need, or their community, because we are #StrongerTogether.

Read other LCA submissions here: https://www.tutu.org.za/stories/brandon/