Tears of Joy After Disappointment

Ntombi Mngtmi, princess for a day.

Ntombi Mngtmi, princess for a day.

A young KwaThema matric students disappointment at missing out on getting her matric farewell photograph led to what she now describes as one of the best days of her life.

Ntombi Mnguni attended her matric farewell party at Carnival City on September 30. However, she was unable to pay for the photograph as her domestic worker mother Betty had not been paid, so didnt have the R50 fee. Her deeply distressed mother confided in Elsie Roux, a Carnival City surveillance auditor who gives her a lift to work every day, and from there a caring group of people sprang into action.

Carnival City staff and the Afrisun Trust engineered an opportunity for Betty to visit the complex with her daughter on Saturday, October 8, to re-enact her big occasion. When they arrived at the complex they were whisked off to lunch at Lotto Foods, followed by a pamper session, makeover treatment and hairdo at Carnival Citys Rene Institute Salon.

Looking lovely and dressed in her matric farewell gown, a professional photographer finally took Ntombis photograph. But her surprise didnt end there.

She was given two tickets to the Bebe Winans show at the Big Top Arena and, in a complete surprise, staff had arranged with the show organiser for the Jaziel Brothers to call her up onto the stage, where a shaking Ntombi was presented with an enormous bouquet of flowers. And for the final surprise, she got to meet Bebe after the show and had her photograph taken with him. She was also presented with an enormous gift basket from Carnival City.

Sandy Hattingh, CEO of Afrisun Trust, summed up the effort from all the staff: to each and every one who made this possible, in true Carnival Cares style you made a dream a reality!

At the end of a long and busy day, Ntombi and Betty were chauffeured home and Ntombi had the last word, You made a young girl with no hope stop to thank the Lord above for my mother, a single mom who struggled to bring me up and educate me. This was a life changing experience. I will pass matric and then I will take what I received today and pass it on to those in a worse situation than me.

AFRICAN REPORTER 21 Oct 2011 Page 11