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  • Representatives of the South African High Commission in Kingston volunteered their time and efforts to the National Labour Day project yesterday (May 23) in Portmore, St. Catherine.
  • Chargé d’Affaires of the South African High Commission, Jongikhaya Rabe, noted that the High Commission has been integrally involved in Labour Day activities over the last seven years.
  • “For us it’s much more than just sitting in the offices. It is about getting out there and making a difference that matters in people’s lives,” he said.

Representatives of the South African High Commission in Kingston volunteered their time and efforts to the National Labour Day project yesterday (May 23) in Portmore, St. Catherine.

Work involved the cleaning of drains, gullies, the removal of bulky waste, trimming of trees, erection of signs in Gregory Park, Washington Mews and Christian Pen. The Gregory Park Basic School was also rehabilitated.

Chargé d’Affaires of the South African High Commission, Jongikhaya Rabe, noted that the High Commission has been integrally involved in Labour Day activities over the last seven years.

He said members of the High Commission assisted in the painting of a chain-link fence at the Gregory Park Basic School, the clearing of grass and the rehabilitation of swings. The work started before Labour Day.

The Chargé d’Affaires said the High Commission is always happy to participate in community activities.

“It is a way of getting involved with the Jamaican society and not being just diplomats but to be involved in community activities, to be involved in outreach programmes,” he said.

“For us it’s much more than just sitting in the offices. It is about getting out there and making a difference that matters in people’s lives,” he said.

This year’s Labour Day was observed under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake… Keep It Clean’.