Sonwabo school reaps the benefits

2015-12-10 06:00
 Members of the schools staff, learners and the Presidential Group during the hand over.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Members of the schools staff, learners and the Presidential Group during the hand over. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Sonwabo Primary School continues to reap the rewards of a fruitful relationship with the Presidential Group.

On Tuesday, the business concern handed over a cheque of about R28,100 to the school towards infrastructure improvement.

The Presidential Group is a group of men’s high street, urban, business fashion stores whose brands include Thomas & Benno, Twill, Robert Daniel and Tie Stop.

One of the brands is the Presidential which manufactures the much loved Mandela shirts.

This is the third year running that the company started supporting the school, based in Gugulethu.

They have in the past donated funds to improve the ablution block and towards a vegetation garden at the school.

Robert Daniel Sim, group CEO said the latest donation was the result of funds raised during a recent auction of a very special Madiba shirt.

“When we were opening our store at the Madiba Square we held an auction for a Madiba shirt replica.

The shirt was high-end silk that look very similar to the shirts that President Nelson Mandela wore,” said Sim.

The shirt raked in a cool R28,100 in the auction and that money was then donated to the school to help with the infrastructure.

“We noticed that the school does not have a recreational facilities where the children can run around and expel some energy.

There is also a need for paving in the school and we may not have the ability to fix everything but we will keep an eye on the school,” said Sim.

Bongani Dlwathi, the school principal, said that they were fortunate to have the backing of the business.

“They have been very helpful to us as there are many areas that we need assistance in. It also bodes well for our pupils to see improvements at their school,” said Dlwathi.

Eric Potwana, School Governing Body Chair, shared the same sentiments as the principal, noting that “the school needs all the help it can get.”

Desre Buirski, who has designed over 150 shirts for Madiba, said that she said improving the socio-economic climate through education was close to her heart.

“It may seem like a small thing but every bit of help goes a long way and we hope that the children are motivated and I wished we could do more,” she said.

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