Donation a boost for learners

2016-05-25 06:00
HELPING HANDS: The representatives of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality and the Impumelelo Intermediate School with the beneficiaries of the donated school uniforms.  Photo: Tladi Moloi

HELPING HANDS: The representatives of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality and the Impumelelo Intermediate School with the beneficiaries of the donated school uniforms. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – A total of 50 underprivileged learners of the Impumelelo Intermediate School in Bohlokong near Bethlehem received a big boost when they got school uniforms as a donation, courtsey of the office of the chief whip of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, Lindiwe Makgalema.

Makgalema, together with ward councillors and a couple of members of her office, visited the school on Tuesday, 17 May, to do the handing-over in the presence of the parents and the teachers.

She said it was not the first time they had made a donation to the school. Last year they donated school shoes and they noticed a need for uniforms, hence their return.

“We donated uniforms to the needy children. Some of them don’t have parents while others are living with unemployed parents. We have agreed in the council to offer a helping hand to those learners,” she said.

She said her office had initiated a programme last year in June that would look after the needy children in schools around the Dihlabeng Municipality.

“We donated school shoes when we started the programme.

“However, as time went on, we saw a need for uniforms. Our investigations revealed that about 998 learners of the Matswathaka Primary School were in need of shool uniforms.

“We would have loved to help them all in that school. We have engaged business people in making the dream come true,” she said.

Teboho Moloi, a well-known gospel soloist, was invited on the day to entertain the learners.

Irene Tshabalala, the principal of the school, said it was good to see that there were people out there who still cared for the education of children.

“I want to thank the municipality for showing their support to the learners. It was a great honour for those children to have a decent uniform just like the others,” he said.

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