Uniform manufacturer donates

2015-10-29 06:00
Stanley Maqhubela, the school principal, Johan Swartz, the owner of Forever Young, (both sitted), Bonua Sauts, from Forever Young, (left at the back row), Mncedisi Ziqubu, chairperson for SGB (white cap), Phelisa Ntlangeni, deputy principal, parents

Stanley Maqhubela, the school principal, Johan Swartz, the owner of Forever Young, (both sitted), Bonua Sauts, from Forever Young, (left at the back row), Mncedisi Ziqubu, chairperson for SGB (white cap), Phelisa Ntlangeni, deputy principal, parents

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It was a memorable moment when poor learners received a donation of school uniform on Tuesday.

About 20 Lwandle learners were the beneficiaries of the benevolence of Forever Young, a school and sportswear manufacture, which is based in Mitchells Plain.

The company, which has been making school uniforms since 1970, was approached by the school to donate to the needy learners who did not have a school uniform.

Nine of the learners are orphans from Fikelela Children’s Home.

Stanley Maqhubela, the school principal, said the uniform will make a great change in the lives of the learners.

“I am very happy and I appreciate what Forever Young did for the school. The donation will go a long way towards helping the learners.

They will never feel different to other learners again,” Maqhubela said.

Johan Swartz, the owner of Forever Young, said it was a touching moment for him after he was approached to make the donation which made him not to hesitate to act on the request.

“I always go to different areas to make a donation and it makes me feel very happy to see how those contributions change the lives of children.

The school uniform brings unity to learners. They feel happy when they look like other children,” Swartz said.

Nomazizi Phakade, 70, the grandmother of Iviwe Stemela, 7, who also benefited from the school uniform, said the donation was a relief to her.

“I am very happy, because she does not have a school uniform. I raise her alone.

I do not know her mother’s whereabouts and her father is in prison. This will really help me, because I cannot afford to buy her the school uniform. She also has a problem with overweight and I struggle to get sizes that fit her,” Phakade said.

Mncedisi Ziqubu, chairperson for School Governing Body (SGB), also applauded the donors.

“For me personally, this is a very good thing to have happened to children. Children always feel very happy to get something new. I am very happy and excited. The school management went an extra mile to ask for the donation. Now the learners will be identifiable when they walk on the street that they are coming from the school,” Ziqubu said.

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