Mandela Day Nodunga
Pupils from four northern schools in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal are thrilled with their new school uniforms, thanks to a joint sponsorship by Tongaat Hulett through their partnership with the Jobs Fund.
Ten of the most deserving pupils each from Bagibile High, Saron Primary, Mathibelana Primary and Donsintaba Primary Schools were the delighted recipients of the uniform donation.
The initiative was founded by Nkanini Youth Development Force, the ex-pupils of Bagibile High School in 2015 who have a passion for giving back to the community.
Nkonzo Mhlongo, Tongaat Hulett Socio-Economic Development Manager, said for the past three years, the founders of the Health and Welfare Programme have offered career guidance and application forms for various tertiary institutions, to grade 11 and 12 pupils.
“Several students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have limited access to computers and classrooms that offer mathematical and physical science lessons, thus restricting the number of pupils who can pursue studies in engineering and agriculture,” she said. “We were encouraged by the founders of the Health and Welfare Programme life success stories which inspired many pupils.”
Sbusiso Mazibuko, principal of Dontsintaba Primary School, said: “The selected pupils were thrilled to have received their new uniforms. We had parents who personally visited the school to show their gratitude. We hope that our relationship with Tongaat Hulett continues to strengthen.”
Cecelia Shozi, principal of Bagibile High School, said it was heart-warming to witness the excitement on the pupils’ faces when they received their new school uniforms.
Thenjiwe Mtshali, principal of Mathibelana Primary School, added that the pupils were thrilled to have received new uniforms and even had their photos taken. We are tremendously grateful to Tongaat Hulett for their endless support.