R1,5?mln raised for Zuma Education Trust

2010-09-06 00:00

OVER R1,5 million was raised for the Jacob Zuma Education Trust at a gala dinner in Greytown on Saturday night. The event was the second annual Inkosi Matomela lecture. Inkosi Matomela was a trusted warrior and confidant of King Shaka.

SABC chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane was the main speaker of the evening.

He told the gathering that he and his wife pledge R2 000 every month towards the Jacob Zuma Foundation. “I appeal to individuals and business leaders to also do the same in order to ensure that all children have access to education,” he said.

President Jacob Zuma also called on business leaders and successful individuals who come from rural areas to plough back into their communities to help them overcome the scourge of poverty.

The evening’ proceeds will go to the Jacob Zuma Educational Trust, which has identified four Greytown organisations, working in the field of childcare and HIV/Aids to benefit from this event.

Zuma said his foundation was currently working with the members of the Matomela Trust to establish an education trust that will cater for every child belonging to the Zuma clan.

Among the guests present were deputy minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene, who is from the Greytown area, KwaZulu-Natal’s Judge President Qedusizi Msimang, MEC for Social Development Dr Meshack Radebe and Pastor Angus Buchan of Shalom Ministries.

There was some mix-up with Zuma’s calendar. The PR company organising his visit had arranged that he would plant a tree at the Umvoti Aids Centre and visit a creche in the area. However, Zuma was in Bultfontein during the day.

Guests were also kept waiting at the dinner when he arrived late. According to those who attended, they were told that he was delayed because he had visited a sister who was in hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

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