MEC gives assistance to needy pupils in Ugu

2011-02-16 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Weziwe Thusi, handed over school uniforms and food parcels to pupils from schools in the Ugu District at Galeni High School in Gamalakhe yesterday.

Thusi has been deployed as a political champion of the Ugu District as a part of the premier’s flagship project.

The pupils had been identified as those in most need of assistance in the form of tuition fees, school uniforms and food.

Speaking at the handover function, Thusi said she felt compelled to do something about the plight of learners.

“I asked officials from the department to donate money towards assisting the learners.”

Thusi said that the project, which has seen around 20 students helped, has given her great pleasure.

“We cannot sit idle while future leaders are deprived of opportunities just because they are poor.”

Thusi also appealed to the learners to respect their teachers, avoid anti-social behaviour such as crime and drugs and concentrate on their studies.

She emphasised that education “is your ticket out of here” for those in a tough place now.

Pupils that benefited were from Buhlebethu High School (Umzumbe), Idwala Lesizwe High School (Ezinqoleni), Mlonde High School (Mvutshini), Galeni High School (Gamalakhe), Gamalakhe Commercial High School (Gamalakhe), Ngwemabala High School (Betany), Bangibizo Primary School (Mthwalume), Gobhela Primary School (Mthwalume) and Mandlendoda Primary School (Mthwalume).

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