MECs don orange overalls to help paint school

2008-11-04 00:00

MFUNDWENHLE Primary School in Imbali received a facelift yesterday when three government departments in the province joined hands to help paint the school.

Education MEC Ina Cronjé was expected to join Zweli Mkhize, the MEC for Finance and Economic Development and Lydia Johnson, the MEC for Public Works, who traded their business suits for orange overalls. However, Cronjé could not make it.

School principal Nonhlanhla Zondi said the school has not seen a paintbrush since its founding in 1974. “We have 623 pupils, but fewer than 200 pay school fees simply because so many of our children are being raised by grannies who rely on pension money. As a result, we are battling to make ends meet. The Department of Finance was among those we approached for help and who responded,” said Zondi.

According to Mkhize, Mfundwenhle and Sinamuva Primary School, another local school in the area, wrote letters to his department requesting support with computers, paint and other forms of assistance that could help improve the quality of their learning environment. After initially donating 10 computers to the schools, he enlisted the help of the two other departments as well as Umgeni Water and FNB.

The Education Department donated books for the two schools, while the Public Works Department donated furniture for the staff room at Mfundwenhle.

A further sum of R120 000, donated by the KZN Trade and Investment Department, will be shared amongst the two schools, 45 new computers will also be divided between them.

“We are so happy and so grateful for everything. Today, education is not education without computers, which was why this was so important for us. This will improve enrolment because many children are going to outside schools for that …,” said Thoko Makhoba, who is the chairwoman of the school governing body at Mfundwenhle.

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