In December last year we received the shocking news that our former employee Simnikiwe Mfengu (‘Simni’ or ‘Nicolene’, as she was affectionately known), had been murdered. Suffice it to say, everyone in the company was heartbroken at the loss of this loving and enigmatic soul, and horrified by the violent manner in which her life was so suddenly taken.
Simni started working at Mungo on holiday shifts while she was still at school. It was not long before she was helping with dispatch, and she had been assisting in our stores in Plett and Cape Town until earlier this year. Pursuing her dream in a career of modelling, studies and more work experience, she moved on from Mungo but was never far away from the close-knit relationships she had with all of us.
The investigation into her death is still ongoing and there has yet to be a conviction in the case, but there are strong suspicions as to her killer – a man who was very well known to Simni. The epidemic of gender-based violence is the number 1 killer of South African women, and has fast become a cause close to the hearts of Mungo and our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme MOVE (read more about that here).
With that in mind, we decided to use our upcoming annual sale as an opportunity to launch our campaign of awareness and action. We will be hosting a sale preview on the 21st of February in Plettenberg Bay, an opportunity for Mungo fans to get a first look and first purchase options on their favourite products. It is to be an event for which just 20 tickets will be auctioned off to the highest bidders, with these sales awarded to an organisation fighting gender-based violence as part of a for youth education.
The terms are simple – submit your bid as a comment on our Facebook or Instagram post promoting the auction, and then keep an eye on what the highest bids are looking like to make sure yours is on track. We’ll end bidding at the close of business (5pm) on Thursday the 14th of February, and then send out tickets to the 20 highest bidders after they’ve paid and confirmed their attendance. If anyone drops out, the 21st highest bidder will take their place, then the 22nd highest bidder, and so on.
We look forward to celebrating the life of our very special former employee and friend while promoting this important cause, and hope to see you there standing by us in solidarity.