Natal Witness sponsors sports kit for pupils at township schools

2009-05-06 00:00

THE Natal Witness Printing and Publishing Company has embarked on a major campaign to reach out to the youth in the Pietermaritzburg townships.

Two schools in Imbali and Ashdown received sporting equipment donated by the company as part of its 2009 and 2010 programme.

Siyahlomula Secondary School in Ashdown and Zibukezulu High school in Imbali received soccer kits, soccer poles, and netball and basketball poles and nets.

The company’s top management went to the townships to present the equipment this week.

Natal Witness CEO Stuart Craib, managing director Piet le Roux, human resources director Thakane Motebang and the marketing department’s Bryce Dambuza attended the hand-over.

Dambuza, a former pupil at Senzokuhle primary school in Imbali, who identified the two schools, is at the helm of the youth outreach programme.

He said the selection criteria are based on the needs of the schools. During the hand-over he told pupils that the equipment belongs to them and is their responsibility. “This is your equipment. Take care of it and use it to your benefit.”

He also encouraged pupils not to abandon their studies for sport but use sport to release “pressure and stress”.

According to Motebang, the sponsorship is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility. “One of our corporate social responsibility projects is youth development at schools and in communities that we are part of.”

The schools received the equipment with gratitude and promised to put it to good use. Zibukezulu principal Innocent Khumalo said that previously the school hired the municipal sports field for its activities. “We have space within the school grounds where we will put the soccer and netball poles and do sport.”

The Siyahlomula principal said the school will achieve more on the field.

“We are giving this equipment to encourage sport development as part of the broader learning codes. We will revisit these schools and, if funds permit, we will extend our reach,” said Motebang.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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