Sow seeds of education

2017-01-25 06:03
Keke Supi (left) presents a cheque of R3 000 to Madingane Olifant to enrol to study Hospitality and Tourism at an institution of her choice. They are flanked by Gailele Se­kwana and Oboetseng Dinoke (teachers at Ikaelelo School) and Pulane Ntshihleli (guardian of Madingane). Photo: Teboho Setena

Keke Supi (left) presents a cheque of R3 000 to Madingane Olifant to enrol to study Hospitality and Tourism at an institution of her choice. They are flanked by Gailele Se­kwana and Oboetseng Dinoke (teachers at Ikaelelo School) and Pulane Ntshihleli (guardian of Madingane). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The thriving spirit of giving saw two former matriculants of the Ikaelelo Secondary School, Keke Supi and Madingane Olifant, giving to those in need. Supi matriculated in the 1990’s and Madingane last year, obtaining a bachelor degree pass.

Last Friday (20/01) they exercised the thriving spirit of giving for a good cause at the school. Supi, an entrepreneur, donated R3 000 to Madingane to enable her to enrol at an institution of her choice to pursue a qualification in Hospitaliy and Tourism. In return, Madingane donated her uniform to a peer needing it. The recipient attends Ikaelelo in Bloemfontein.

Supi fulfilled the commitment he made at the matric farewell for 2016 learners to sponsor a candidate who obtains the highest marks. Madingane emerged as the deserving recipient. She was short of one percent in three content subjects achieving distinctions.

“It is encouraging to discover I have sponsored someone who is passionate about education, a hard worker and disciplined. It means the seed I sow in ploughing back to the community to positively change lives has fallen on good ground in Madingane,” said Supi.

Madingane endured the adversity of different weather conditions and a long walking distance to school and back home in Phase 5 and walks tall out of the situation.

“It is worthwhile. She takes a leaf from Supi who also thrives over challenges,” said Gailele Sekwana, her teacher, expressing appreciation for Supi’s gesture.

Madingane, together with two siblings, are taken care of by Pulane Ntshihleli, a younger sister to the late mother of Madingane.

“Madingane is a disciplined child and understands the circumstances we live in. She has put education first and it encourages me to continue supporting her, including the others,” said Ntshihleli. The good gesture was relieving for her, as she could not afford to pay for Madingane’s tuition fees at institutions of higher learning. Ntshihleli makes ends meet to provide for her children, Madingane and her siblings, with approximately R1 500.

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