Kindness touches kids

2015-06-25 06:00
PR councillor Zoleka Qoba (left), Mawande Jarha, of Radio Zibonele (brown shirt), Yangani Ngalonkulu, the school principal (pink shirt), Ndithini Tyhido, chairperson for KDF (yellow t-shirt), teachers, parents and teachers, during the handover of the

PR councillor Zoleka Qoba (left), Mawande Jarha, of Radio Zibonele (brown shirt), Yangani Ngalonkulu, the school principal (pink shirt), Ndithini Tyhido, chairperson for KDF (yellow t-shirt), teachers, parents and teachers, during the handover of the

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With the winter season in full swing, two youngsters saw best to celebrate their birthdays by donating sweaters and shoes to learners at Encotsheni Public Primary School, in Site C, on Monday.

They donated 86 jerseys and 10 pairs of school shoes to the kids, who are now guaranteed winter warmth.

The friends, Zandile Mahlasela and Kholekile Mwahla once again extended their hands of friendship to help those who are in need.

Mahlasela’s birthday was on 20 June and Mwahla’s on 13 June.

A few years ago, Mwahla opened his heart to the plight of the need and his friend Mahlasela also bought into this noble idea.

“This is not going to be the last donation. We are going to continue doing it.”

They do different things for different people in the area every year and next year’s donation, they have promised, will be something else.

They have revealed that the concept of celebrating birthdays in this manner is not exclusively theirs, but also that of the circle of other friends they have, some of whom were present during the handover.

They have also pledged to buy clothes and school uniform for learners in future.

In the spirit of giving, Mwahla asked the school to identify one bright learner who comes from a disadvantaged background, whom he will take care of next year.

Songezo Nonzini, a businessman who has a company called Kuhle Projects, then announced that he was going to build a house for the family who lost four children when a fire destroyed their shack, in Site B last month.

Ndithini Tyhido, chairperson for Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF), praised the idea of extending a helping hand to those who need help.

He pledged on behalf of KDF to contributing R3000 towards building the house.

Proportional Representation (PR) councillor Zoleka Qoba, also thanked the duo for the donation and also encouraged everyone to follow suit.

Qoba pledged to buy a full school uniform for one learner on 01 August.

Proportional Representation (PR) councillor Lungile Maci, weighed in on the issue of corrupt teachers.

He alleged that some schools have a political agenda when it comes to making school halls available for community gatherings.

Maci pledged to buy school uniform for one learner.

Yangani Ngalonkulu, the school principal said the donation will go a long way in helping the learners withstand harsh winter elements, as the Cape can be very wet and cold this time of the year.

“Learners find it hard to concentrate in class in this cold season.

This donation will help keep them warm. We encourage everyone to give to the needy. We are really happy for the donation,” Ngalonkulu said.

Noluthando Tsotso, secretary of the School Governing Body (SGB), was also happy for the donation.

Tsotso said some learners come to school on empty stomachs and also appealed to those who have means to come and help needy learners at the school

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