Local tavern owner donates school wear

2016-10-27 06:00
Mamsa Mvuyiswa, principal (left), next to her are Mandla Twala and Zandile Twala, the owner of Kwaphindamzala tavern, teachers, parents and learners, at Kuyakhanya Primary School, in Crossroads, on Tuesday.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Mamsa Mvuyiswa, principal (left), next to her are Mandla Twala and Zandile Twala, the owner of Kwaphindamzala tavern, teachers, parents and learners, at Kuyakhanya Primary School, in Crossroads, on Tuesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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A tavern owner has done good on his word by donating school uniforms to about 50 learners at Kuyakhanya Primary School in Crossroads.

Zandile Twala of Kwaphindamzala Tavern, turned Tuesday into a memorable one when he surprised the staff and learners of the largely disadvantaged school.

He said he was touched after seeing learners going to school wearing worn-down uniform, while the other lot were not wearing uniform at all.

“It pained me to notice learners walking to school not wearing a proper school uniform and then I decided to donate. It is good for learners to wear their school uniform so that even when they get attacked by gangsters on the street we would be able to rescue them. I feel very happy that I was able to extend my hand and donate. I am ploughing back to the community I trade in,” Twala said.

Zuko Ngcivana, the facilitator for Responsible Trade Facilitation, said they encourage tavern and shebeen owners to contribute positively to the community.

“Twala approached me and told me that he wanted to make a donation to the learners. We always encourage the owners to identify and help the needy in the communities where they are based in,” Ngcivana said.

The school was previously known as Qingqa Mntwana Primary School.

Simo Rayi, deputy principal at the school, thanked Twala for the donation.

“We would like to thank you very much. Giving is a gift on its own. We changed the name of the school and also the uniform, but we said to parents they should not rush into buying the new school uniform if they cannot afford it.

Loving the school means you love the country, because future leaders will come from these learners,” Rayi said.

Lilitha Mjathini, a parent, also highly praised Twala.

“It is my first time seeing such a beautiful thing in the school. It is true that some of us as parents have no means of buying the school uniform for our children. I would like to say thank you very much,” Mjathini said.

Twala also has a soccer team named Phindamzala Football Club which fields mostly patrons from his tavern. He said the team is aimed at keeping its members fit and healthy, to not only focus on alcohol.

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