Audit firm donates books

2017-08-03 06:00
Samkelo Tukulula, school principal, (pink jacket), Nazlie Abass, event coordinator for PwC, (next to Tukulula), teachers and learners during the handover of the stationery, on Thursday, at Homba Primary School, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongisen mASEKO

Samkelo Tukulula, school principal, (pink jacket), Nazlie Abass, event coordinator for PwC, (next to Tukulula), teachers and learners during the handover of the stationery, on Thursday, at Homba Primary School, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongisen mASEKO

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A national accounting firm has donated stationery to Homba Primary School in Khayelitsha.

PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC, a multinational professional services firm of auditors made the donation on Thursday last week.

The stationery included books, bags, and pencil bags.

Samkelo Tukulula, school principal said the donation was going to make a huge difference to learners at the school.

“This is oxygen to us, because it is something that is going to benefit learners who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is difficult to teach here as teachers have to audit if every learner has a pen before each lesson.

We also have so many challenges, such as safety,” Tukulula said.

He said teachers were robbed at gunpoint inside the premises last year.

“We feel unsafe. We do not have funds for security. We wish that residents can take ownership of the school and protect it without expecting to be paid. Some learners stay at home for up to three weeks because their parents do not afford to give them money for transport. We have learners from all over Khayelitsha. We applied to the department for transport since 2015, but we were not successful. It is hard for us. Those who travel by train walk for about 30 minutes from and to the station. We need help,” he added.

Liviwe Reshane, Grade 7 learner, also praised PwC for the donation.

“I feel very happy. This is going to encourage us to learn. We do not have all the stationery that we need. There are also learners who do not have school uniform. We have different challenges,” Reshane said.

The representatives from PwC who came to deliver the donation said they were not allowed to speak to the media and promised that their senior would send us a statement about the donation, which was not forthcoming at the time of going to print.

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