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Servest gardeners cultivate goodwill

Inyoni Creek residents were the beneficiaries of a meaningful Mandela Day initiative on Thursday, July 23.

The Rand Aid retirement village has not allowed private gardeners to return to work following the very strict coronavirus lockdown implemented in March, because the age of the residents and the fact that many have co-morbidities puts them at an increased risk of contracting a severe form of the virus.

While the Servest team, which looks after the village’s common spaces, has been back at work for some time now, many of the residents have been battling to maintain their gardens on their own.

Although neighbours have been helping each other, village management noticed that  about 28 gardens were in need of some TLC.

Servest was asked to lend a hand with weeding, tidying up of the flower beds, soil cultivation and planting, as their way of giving back for Mandela Day and the gardeners happily agreed.

Residents were not told of the plans and thus enjoyed a wonderful surprise when members of the Servest team arrived to do any necessary garden work.

“The response was wonderful. The residents have not been able to have a private gardener since March and their gardens were looking sad. Some of the residents were very emotional that Servest took the time to make a difference in their lives,” says Inyoni Creek manager Jenny Tonkin.

The Servest team that helped make a difference in the lives of some Inyoni Creek residents.

Servest’s Tshepo Motswi with residents Leon and Shirley Pein.

Deon Chauke, Gloria Makuye and Nozuzile Ntlomela of Servest with Inyoni Creek resident Iris Clark.

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