Goniwe old boy returns to give

2015-10-29 06:00
 Matthew Goniwe High deputy principal Mzuvukile Ngumbe and Radio Zibonele board chairman Yengwayo Kutta flank learners Asemahle Mesilane and Khanyisa Yoli who will benefit from Kutta’s generosity. FOTO: mBONGISENI mASEKO

Matthew Goniwe High deputy principal Mzuvukile Ngumbe and Radio Zibonele board chairman Yengwayo Kutta flank learners Asemahle Mesilane and Khanyisa Yoli who will benefit from Kutta’s generosity. FOTO: mBONGISENI mASEKO

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A mid the national education crisis at institutions of higher learning, a former learner at Matthews Goniwe High School has returned to his old school with an open wallet and heart.

Yengwayo Wilberforce Kutta, who is now the chairperson of a panel of assessors at the Department of Transport , executive chairperson of Zibonele Development Trust and deputy president of International Body of Community Radio Broadcasters, said he was touched by the plight of children from poor homes.

Kutta was president of the Student Representative Council at the school, at a time when it was still known as Malizo High in 1987.

“Out of conscience, I decided to go back for a different cause, that of providing assistance to the disadvantaged learners,” he told City Vision .

For the time being, Kutta has committed himself to taking full responsibility for six learners in the next academic year.

He has promised to buy school uniforms, provide pocket money and play a mentoring role to the learners untll they complete of Grade 12.

He said during his presidency of the SRC, he fought for the name to be changed to Matthew Goniwe, a struggle hero from Cradock, who was one of four to be assassinated by the Apartheid regime.

Having succeeded those intense battles, the constituency of students gained confidence in his leadership and elected him as the provincial secretary of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). Subsequent to his graduation from student activism, he was absorbed by various youth formations such as the South African Youth Congress.

Whilst he led youth structures, elders in the African National Congress identified him as a potential leader, and started to entrust him with more responsibilities, even in civil society structures, hence he was elected as the secretary of Khayelitsha Development Forum.

Kutta is very passionate about education; he holds master’s degree in Public Administration and he is still determined to pursue his studies. He is known by his peers as a soft-hearted person who cannot stand to see a suffering child, especially on issues pertaining to education.

Through this initiative, he is calling upon his peers, business leaders, community leaders, the religious fraternity, the government and society in general to join hands towards the betterment of the education system and true democratic society.

Even though he left the high school 25 years ago, he still subscribes to COSAS’ old slogan “each one teach one”.

“Imfundo lilifa lanaphakade masixhaseni isizwe sethu”,

Kutta will formally introduce his project at the school on October 29 at 10h00.

Mzuvukile Ngumbe, deputy principal, said they were excited by Kutta’s gesture and urged others to follow suit.

“This is very inspiring and we hope that more people will follow in his steps. In our schools, we see a lot of poverty and need. We thank him for doing so,” he said.

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