RIEBEEK College Girls’ High School has an annual theme for their projects and this year it is Ubuntu - which is about humanity, a community spirit and compassion for others.
During the launch of the Ubuntu project, Riebeek principal, Kieran Stear said, “We want to commit Riebeek to making 2018 a year of service and love for others to make a difference in the world.
“This being the centenary year of the birth of Nelson Mandela, we are going to make every day a Mandela Day as we seek to demonstrate Ubuntu and the Madiba magic that he was famous for.
“In a world where one can choose to be anything, at Riebeek we choose to be kind, compassionate, generous, respectful, honest and inclusive. Each one of us can make a difference in the world,” said Stear.
Riebeek’s project is Mandela100@Riebeek100 acts of kindness.
The school will undertake various projects under the banner of acts of kindness and want to make sure they do at least 100 things, if not more. For example, a cake sale by a particular grade will be an act of kindness in fundraising for animals; Interact visiting a retirement village to take flowers and chat to the lonely is an act of kindness.
“We are hoping that each register class will undertake a class act of kindness or projects that involve giving up time to help others and make the world a better place.
“Pesident Cyril Ramaphosa in the State of Nation address quoted from Hugh Masekela’s song Thuma Mina, ‘I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around ... when they triumph over poverty ... I wanna lend a hand ...
At a special assembly, a video was shown including speeches by Nelson Mandela, Cyril Rampahosa, Hlumela Bucwa, the Riebeek Woolworths sing and dance competition winners of 2014 performing with Johnny Clegg (a special moment for Carleen Braun, the last one of this group still at school) and the first 9 of Riebeek acts of kindness were revealed.