Superfan ‘adopts’ 4 school kids

2015-08-26 06:00
HUMBLED: Puleng Motaung, head of department at the Waterbron Primary School.

HUMBLED: Puleng Motaung, head of department at the Waterbron Primary School.

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BOTHA MSILA, a devoted soccer fan, has a heart full of ubuntu.

The popular 41-year-old Bloemfontein Celtic fan has “adopted” four kids from the Waterbron Primary School in Bainsvlei, near Bloemfontein.

And Msila has undertaken to take care of their school needs throughout their primary school years.

On Thursday (13/08) he delivered full sets of uniforms for the youngsters.

“I know investing in school kids will create a better future for them and our country.

“I believe this is one of the best decisions that I have taken in my life. I want to make a difference in my community,” an elated Msila told Express.

“What I saw when I visited the school, touched me. Some of the kids had torn school uniforms or no uniform at all and I immediately decided to do something for those kids,” he said.

“I sometimes get hand-outs from people and I know what it means, hence I decided to share with those who don’t have.

“There are people who are really struggling out there and if you are able to assist but you decide to fold your arms, it is a sin in the eyes of God,” he added.

Asked what criteria he used to select the four learners, Msila said he had asked the teachers at the school to identify kids who were in dire need, because they knew them.

On the last day of the previous school term in June, Msila donated a bag of oranges to every single learner at Waterbron.

The shower-cap man is undoubtedly the number one soccer fan in Mzansi. He attends the Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches throughout the country, more than any other fan.

For his efforts, Msila was rewarded for his passion by PSL chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza, during the League’s end of the season awards ceremony in May.

He walked away with the PSL Chairman’s Award that is accompanied by a cheque of R250 000.

“I have used part of that money to buy uniforms for these kids. I have bought each of them a pair of school shoes, two pairs of socks, two trousers for the boys and two skirts for the girls.

“I have also bought two shirts, two jerseys and two ties for each of them.

“Over and above that, I have purchased a full set of tracksuits and school bags for all of them,” said Msila.

“I am positive that the uniforms will motivate these kids to do well in their studies. I want them to be the best people they can be in life and arm themselves with education,” he said.

“I will try and help them until I’m on my last cent.

“As long as I have something, no matter how little, I’ll share it with kids from this school.

“Waterbron is a rural school and the kids here don’t have opportunities like those kids who go to school in the urban areas,” he added.

Mamello Lubbe (10), one of the school uniform recipients, expressed her delight with the donation. She said she wanted to study towards a nursing qualification after completing her high school education.

“I am totally happy. Honestly, I’m surprised as I was not expecting to receive this uniform,” said Mamello.

“I can’t wait to go home and show it (new uniform) to my parents. I think they will be as excited as I am when they see it.

“Now that I have a full school uniform and look like the rest of the kids in class, I promise that I will work hard to achieve good pass marks at the end of the year,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, Puleng Motaung, head of department at Waterbron, said they were very excited about what Botha had done for their school.

“We are really humbled. It is not everybody who can do what he did for us. We hope his gesture will inspire these children,” she said.

Waterbron is a farm school and it has 321 registered learners

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