Desks an investment in the future

2015-08-26 06:00
AT the new desks donated to the Pescodia Primary School are from the left, front: Ulrich Chinian, learner, Thamsanqa Jiyane, chief executive of Transnet Engineering, Mangaliso Botha, learner, Beveldine Hammer, learner, Dudu Maeke of Transnet and Japi

AT the new desks donated to the Pescodia Primary School are from the left, front: Ulrich Chinian, learner, Thamsanqa Jiyane, chief executive of Transnet Engineering, Mangaliso Botha, learner, Beveldine Hammer, learner, Dudu Maeke of Transnet and Japi

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THE Pescodia Primary School’s pleas for help in preparing its future leaders for a brighter future did not fall on deaf ears.

After making a request to the Transnet engineering division, the Roodepan-based school in Kimberley received the second bulk of their required desks on Thursday (13/08).

The school received a total of 80 specially-designed desks from Transnet as part of the company’s efforts to improve the lives of future leaders in the form of educational growth.

A bus full of officials from Transnet arrived at the school to do the official handover.

According to Transnet, the school is one of two that benefitted from the handover due to the poor living conditions that the Roodepan community live in.

The desks are internally manufactured by Transnet, making it different from any other desks.

“We received a few requests from different schools, but we chose this school specifically because of its good reputation regarding its teachers, who continue to show a lot of commitment to their work. The learners of this school also have a good reputation of discipline,” said Thamsanqa Jiyane, chief executive of Transnet Engineering, during the handover ceremony at the school.

Jiyane promised to return to the school and identify the school’s needs in order to assist wherever his team could.

“I will encourage other sectors to come on board and invest in our future generations.”

Japie Thompson, Pescodia’s principal, said the school’s decision to ask for assistance from Transnet was part of an effort to fight the high rate of poverty in the community of Roodepan.

“If you struggle, don’t just sit back and wait for a miracle to happen. Do your research, submit requests and plead if you have to,” said Thompson.

“And remember to appreciate and give recognition and praise where it is needed.”

He used one of the recent donations received by the school, an artificial sports pitch, as an example of this.

“Through perseverance we were recently one of the 20 schools in Africa to receive this.”

Turning to Jiyane, who had confessed to not knowing much Afrikaans earlier during his speech, the principal invited him for free lessons by his teachers.

“I invite you for Afrikaans classes with confidence in the knowledge that our school has 1 200 learners and I can can guarantee you that we are doing very well academically and in terms of programmes.

“We continue to remind our learners that education is the ony way of fighting poverty, by equipping our future leaders. They will never forget this donation from you.

“This will also urge them to keep on fighting against crime in our community – the crime that grows due to the many social ills surrounding us.”

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