Former learner lends school a hand

2017-03-22 06:04
Kagisho Mabaleng, a former learner of the Gonyane Primary School, with jubilant learners of the school. He donated a full school uniform outfit to some of them. In the front row are, from the left, Bokamoso Mudungwane, Rethabile Phetlho, Mabaleng, Rethabile Ntlororo and Rorisang Lebitsa. Photo: Teboho Setena

Kagisho Mabaleng, a former learner of the Gonyane Primary School, with jubilant learners of the school. He donated a full school uniform outfit to some of them. In the front row are, from the left, Bokamoso Mudungwane, Rethabile Phetlho, Mabaleng, Rethabile Ntlororo and Rorisang Lebitsa. Photo: Teboho Setena

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A former learner of the Gonyane Primary School, Kagisho Mabaleng, has proven that charity does begin at home.

He paid a special visit to his former school to donate much-needed new uniforms to learners in need, helping to address the staggering plight of children from less fortunate background.

He donated clothing to both boys and girls, including shoes, trousers and skirts.

Mabaleng’s gesture of goodwill has changed the lives of 60 children, who persevere going to school in spite of their plight.

Born and bred in Bloemfontein, Mabaleng is now based in Johannesburg, where he works.

He started school at the Gonyane Primary School in Phahameng.

He says the purpose of his homecoming was two-fold. The first was to encourage the current generation to prioritise education and to prove that education is the foundation of success.

The second was to celebrate the well-lived life he experienced as a youth.

Mabaleng celebrated his 34th birthday at the end of February.

“I returned to this school to thank teachers who taught me the basic principles of life and education. Their teaching of good values made me who I am now.

“Coming back to the Gonyane Primary School to share my youth was fitting, because it was at this school where my youth was built and where I received the teaching that youth is precious,” said Mabaleng.

He said good teaching by the educators of Gonyane has had a positive impact on his life.

“This has helped me to return to my community to empower the generation after me.

“Teachers taught me the importance of education and the values that include humanity. I’m very much appreciative hence I returned to this school to say thank you. I live by those good principles,” said Mabaleng.

Mabaleng said the success of the uniform initiative was a positive result of the community who supported his project of selling different styles of caps.

“I intended to donate shoes only, but the initiative became successful with the support of the community, which purchased the caps I was selling.

“With the caps I was selling, I challenged the community to start doing things for themselves. The success of my initiative proved that it was possible. I have invested the money from these sales into the project of Mangaung.

“It is a way of empowering the learners and the community.

“I’m very appreciative that I’m doing it as part of my youthful life,” said Mabaleng.

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