Vodacom Limpopo through the Vodacom Foundation recently donated a wheelchair to Lesetja Malatjie from Ga-Dikgale village. Malatjie, now 81, was born disabled and has for most of his life relied on his knees and hands for mobility. Until Vodacom’s recent generous donation it was no strange sight finding him crawling 15 km to get to the shop, bus rank or council meeting at Dikgale Tribal Council.
Christopher Dikgale, member of Dikgale Executive Council said they approached Vodacom to help Malatjie with a wheelchair after they saw him at one of their meetings.
“We saw how he was struggling to travel to our meetings. It was painful to see him struggling like that because he is an integral member of the community and a leader as well. We then wrote a letter to Vodacom requesting a wheelchair for him and they did not hesitate. We want to thank them for the wonderful gesture and we are confident that the wheelchair will make a huge difference in his life,” Dikgale said.
Malajie, who lives alone, said he was humbled by Vodacom’s generosity and that it would improve his life. “My wife died two years ago. My children are all married and living in Mankweng. I spend most of the time alone and it is tough, especially in this kind of condition. I want to thank Vodacom for wheelchair because I will be able to move around more,” Malatjie said.