Bothasig police celebrated Mandela Day 2016 by visiting De Grendel Home, a learning and care centre for autistic people in Bothasig.
The visiting members, accompanied by students from Northlink College, were hosted by Andelene Thysse, founder of the centre, and her daughter Danielle Thysse.
The visitors were given an insight into the challenges faced by people with autism and what it takes to take care of such a person. Members were also educated on the various levels of autism and what the condition entails.
Mrs Thysse said that one of the most important sources of income for the centre is recycling, and that the residents were quite knowledgeable and assisted with the grading of the products that can be recycled.
Bothasig SAPS Station Commander Lt Col Patrick Jacobs said that it was an eye opener and very educational. He mentioned that the station will take the centre on as a project for 2016 and look at how they can assist in respect of the recycling project.
When they left, the residents were left to enjoy the eats and drinks and try on the new clothes and test out the puzzle provided by SAPS Bothasig.
Anyone who would like to obtain more information regarding autism and the care centre can contact Andelene Thysse on 073 0442 116 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.