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Coen Birkenstock, manager of corporate communication at Transne  and Ntomboxolo Mqumbisa, the school principal during the Mandela Day event, on Friday, in Khayelitsha. 


Coen Birkenstock, manager of corporate communication at Transne and Ntomboxolo Mqumbisa, the school principal during the Mandela Day event, on Friday, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mandla MAHASHE

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A number of volunteers from the Transnet Foundation spent their part of the 67 minutes for Mandela Day cleaning and painting the Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School, Khayelitsha last Friday.

About 300 volunteers from different departments in the Western Cape Transnet which include Transnet Freight Retail, Transnet Engineering, Transnet National Port Authority (NPA) and Transnet Port Terminus, cleaned the vegetable garden and erected fencing around the garden, painted some parts of the school and also made some levelling and cleaning around the kitchen area.

Coen Birkenstock, Manager for Corporate Communication at NPA said this was the latest in a series of events they did for the school since a good working relationship was formed between the two parties in 2010.

“This is our part. We have been here many times before. It is about building a relationship with the community that we do business with. I am very excited to be here,” Birkenstock said.

Ntomboxolo Mqumbisa, the school principal, said Transnet has done a lot of things for the school such as donating an honour’s board, donating three laptops, giving a facelift to the science lab, donating R38 000 for their tournament and other assistance.

Transnet is also conducting extra curriculum classes for maths, science and English for Grades 10, 11 and 12.

“Transnet has been looking after us very well since 2010.

I feel that we have a pressure to produce well results, because of the assistance that we getting.

If someone gives you something, you have to account for it. They have to see the results for the relationship and for their contribution. We have a challenge of learners dropping out, but we now hope to change that with the assistance that we getting from Transnet,” Mqumbisa said.

Mqumbisa also said about 10 deserving male learners have since benefited from the bursary offered by Transnet for Maritime studies which started 2010.

Transnet also takes five female learners as part of their Techno girl job shadowing programme for a week at the company.

The learners are paid R100 per day which is their pocket money

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