When I first met Delton I was impressed. His quiet entrance into conversation can be mistaken for shyness, but Delton Langa Nxumalo is a passionate and confident young man who is going places and has already achieved much. However he is not one for self-praise or loud claims – he remains humble. He wouldn’t want this post to be about him and reminds me to mention the names of the crew that make up the Mbombela MINIacs.
“Nanana” means ‘small’. It is the old name for a Mini and was the name of the 1st Miniacs group in the country. There are now 9 Miniacs “Villages” around the country and Delton is President of the Mbombela Village, which has 15 members.
So who are they? Young people who have a passion for Mini Coopers and for helping those in need. These guys give more purpose to owning a Mini Cooper. They take it seriously, whilst also having fun. They are registered as an NPO, have a structure and a constitution.
Each village identifies areas of need where they can help and they get stuck in. This usually involves an opportunity to set off in their beloved Minis and delivering food and other essentials to those in need – mostly children. These events include a lot of fun for everyone, especially the children who get to play soccer with the crew and admire the iconic cars. This is their way of giving back to the community and inspiring young children.
They must have some big parties? Yes, but Delton firmly adds there is never any drinking, wheel-spinning or other such behaviour – they need to set an example to the kids.
Delton speaks fondly of his childhood introduction to the Mini in Kumani Village in Bushbuckridge. He and his friends aged 9 would sneak into the local scrapyard, owned by a Mr Zita, and push a broken down Mini up the hill so they could ride it back down. He always dreamed of owning one and in 2008 he achieved this.
The MINIacs villages get together and support each other’s big events. This can get really impressive as hundreds of Mini Coopers converge and then move in convoy across town.
Here they are, the Mbombela MINIacs:
Lindokuhle Kennet Mkhwanazi
Last year Pearl Matshebula sadly passed away and their last charity event was done in memory of her legacy.
We Are White River salutes these good people of Mbombela and we look forward to hearing more from them!
“Be ever watchful for the opportunity to shelter little children with the umbrella of your charity; be generous to their schools, their hospitals, and their places of worship. For, as they must bear the burdens of our mistakes, so are they in their innocence the repositories of our hopes for the upward progress of humanity.”