“Kids shouldn’t taste suffering”

2015-06-25 06:01

Radio Zibonele staff with Sbu Zulu who donated school uniforms.

Radio Zibonele staff with Sbu Zulu who donated school uniforms.

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Touched by their plight, a hairdresser and councillors donated more than 100 pairs of shoes to needy children in Khayelitsha schools.

First it was sub-council 10 Councillor Amos Komeni who used a share of his budget allocation to buy school bags and shoes.

The items were shared among 30 children at Yomelela, Sosebenza, Kukhanyile Primary Schools and Noluthando School for the Deaf.

Councillor Komeni said they chose to focus on children because it was Youth Month and wanted to send a positive message to the young ones.

“It was the contribution of the youth that liberated our country and we must instil the culture of sharing whilst they are still young,” said Komeni.

Children were visibly happy as their names were called to the stage to receive the items.

Soyisile Primary School educator Dineo Mzaca said she was pleased by the donation because it meant a lot to the children.

“Most of these children come from poor homes and this being winter means they will have warm feet,” she said.

Alderman Clifford Mandlenkosi Sitonga, who presided over the hand-over, urged all community members to practice “ubuntu”.

“We can build our community if we give to each other when we can. It’s the duty of everyone to practice kindness,” he said.

Head of department at Noluthando School, Nina Mafenuka said she was happy with the donations, but noted that it was “just the tip of an iceberg” that was covered, as many children were still suffering.

“We are grateful but if more of these donations can come we will win.,”

)Meanwhile a stone’s throw away from this event, at Ikamva Centre , Radio Zibonele joined hands with a local dreadlocks maker to ease the hard knock lives of other primary school children.

Salon owner Sbu Zulu said his poverty stricken upbringing in Meadowlands taught him a lesson to share.

Zulu collected 70 pairs of shoes and handed them over to Bulumko High and others to the Site B cluster of primary schools.

“I grew up without shoes, I left school early, it was hard but when I grew up I learned skills to survive and this is my way of saying a child should not ever taste poverty,” he said.

Radio Zibonele marketing manager Mawande Jara said they joined Zulu’s campaign because they saw “he lived and breathed what he said”.

Khayelitsha Development Forum chairperson Ndithini Thyido thanked all those who contributed to the “child versus winter” campaign.

“It takes a village to raise a child and Zulu together with Radio Zibonele have shown us how it is done,” he said.

Eluxolweni Primary School teacher Noziwe Buya said she was touched when they were approached by Zulu.

“He came at a right time because the children we chose are in a desperate situation and the gifts they received will change them a little bit,” she said.

Another teacher, Ninzi Nomnganga appealed to the broader community to open their hearts to those in need.

“For some of these children, it’s the first time they own a new pair of shoes

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