Former pharmacist leaves his job to uplift the community

(Johannesburg) – Muzi Nkosi, who runs a small library for children in Cosmo City near Honeydew, Johannesburg, says the only way to overcome problems in the area is to give residents a chance at a better future.

GOOD NEWS: Muzi Nkosi standing among the books he has collected for the orphaned children in Cosmo City

News 24 says that Nkosi has been running the library since April 2015 and has collected more than 5 000 books for children, which are kept in a red shipping container.

“The experience has been fulfilling. It makes me happy that we are starting them young,” Nkosi tells News24 with a beaming smile.

Born and bred in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, the soft-spoken Nkosi said he grew up as an orphan and wanted to make a difference to children’s lives.

 “I realised that in Cosmo City we don’t have a clinic, so I went to the municipality and registered a non-profit organisation and also applied for a piece of land which the municipality gave us,” he said.

Nkosi said, in order for him to pursue his passion to assist children in the community, he had to quit his 9-to-5 job as a pharmacist at Helen Joseph Hospital.

“They asked us to motivate on other things that we would do because the land is huge, and we spoke about orphans and vulnerable children and we also spoke about a library and how it can help children in the community,” explained Nkosi.

The piece of land that was provided to Nkosi by the municipality is used as a dump site by the community.

‘Watching this project grow is fulfilling’

While Nkosi was speaking to News24 on the land, two men were there collecting papers and cans. Metres away from the men, children were running around, playing in the dirt. Some of them called out to Nkosi, saying “mfundisi”, meaning pastor.

“Starting somewhere and watching this project grow is fulfilling,” Nkosi said, as he reflected on the work done.

He explained that he would like to transform the land into something the community would be proud of.

 

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