Family foundation launched

2017-07-26 06:01

AT the launch of the Truman Magubane Family Foundation at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturday President
Jacob Zuma encouraged people to start foundations that will help in the building of South Africa.

The foundation is named after the former Chief Whip of Msunduzi Municipality, Truman Magubane, a freedom fighter who was arrested with Nelson Mandela in 1963 and spent 15 years in prison on Robben Island.

The foundation will support underprivileged children particularly in the fields of
education, leadership training, cultural activities and sport in Msunduzi and surrounds.

Zuma praised Magubane for his bravery saying he played a big role during apartheid and when they were rebuilding the ANC.

“He is one of the finest sons of this province. He was a courageous freedom fighter that kept the fire of liberation movement burning.”

Zuma thanked Magubane and his family for starting the foundation saying they need new graduates that will change the structure of the economy.

“It is fitting that we launch this foundation a few days after Mandela Day. We thank you, the Magubane family, for starting this foundation with the goal of assisting young people from our communities.

“We need young educated people who will go beyond changing the structure of our economy. We continue to suffer the policies of the apartheid regime.

“The problems of our economy are directly linked to our past. We inherited an economy that was flat and now we are trying to take it up. “We need structures like the Truman Magubane family. We have too many challenges and we need foundations like this to help us,” said Zuma.

Zuma also advised Magubane and his family not to involve politics in the foundation.

‘We need humble leaders like Magubane, not opportunists. We want people who are totally committed to better the lives of their people. We ask young people to use every opportunity to equip themselves.

“This is a very important project for Msunduzi. Let us handle it with care. It will bring us together and do something and people will love us.

“May it grow from strength to strength and touch many lives in future.”

Umgungundlovu Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo also praised Magubane for opening such a foundation. She said they have seen in most cases that foundations like this are only opened when people are no longer alive.

“Magubane took a big step. He did this while alive. This foundation will do what is close to your heart.

“We know that you are passionate about education.

“This will change a child’s life, but not only a child, a family and community. We ask organisations and businessman to assist in this foundation that will help our children.”

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