Nelson Mandela loved children and as his centenary is being celebrated, it is destined to put a smile on young faces during this time.

And there is little that puts a bigger smile on a face than something sweet to eat. The 100 children from the Eastern Province Children’s Home in Port Elizabeth received cupcakes decorated with a Mandela hand and the African continent.

Love, care and hope, Madiba’s motto – in tune with the efforts of the Ray Mhlaba Training Centre. The trainee chefs got to work to give the children something special. And nothing shows love and care more than a home-made cupcake.

The cupcakes commemorate the father of our nation.

“We used the landmark of Africa as the cupcake topper which is the colours of the rainbow and the black hand is Madiba’s hand which is his favourite colour and you know with him, the hand is always visible. The heart is the Ray Mhlaba logo. With the hands and the heart which is hope, love, care and that’s everything Mandela stood for,” said cookery teacher Amore Du Plessis.

The Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre was founded in 1889 and is the oldest of its kind in the Metro.

The Ray Mhlaba Training Centre which is linked to the home, and trains youth from disadvantaged areas in fields of hospitality, beauty and carpentry. It is home to children aged four to 18 years old.

More than a 1000 students have been trained by the centre already.