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2018-04-26 06:01
Children were very much excited when their gifts were handed over.

Children were very much excited when their gifts were handed over.

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Mkhanyiseli Primary School had cause for celebration last Wednesday when pay television channel donated new tracksuits and food parcels.

Both the school and channel staff spent the morning sorting through a mountain of the donated tracksuits, in time for the winter chills.

The school, based in Nyanga, caters for about 1500 children.

The Multichoice Making a Difference (MMAD) project saw 500 Grades R to five pupils from the area given the tracksuits.

It was a day like no other for pupils at the school as they were showered with something some had never tasted before.

Principal Malusi Dyantyi, who painted a grim picture of the area, said some of the pupils are forced to go to school wearing their own clothes because their parents cannot afford to buy them uniform.

Thanking the donors, he said others (pupils) have never owned a full uniform.

“You get children coming to school barefoot or with their own clothes. We are always thankful when companies come to us to offer such help. Now my children will be warm and surely their parents are going to rejoice.

Most of our parents are unemployed and that is the story ... Unemployment affects not only parents, but all of us, including their teachers,” he said

Melusi Dyantyi added that a lot still needed to help others too.

He said the school was built in 1948 but to date has no hall.

“We are waiting for generous companies like yours to build us a school hall. This is an old school but it never has a hall. We are forced to pray in an open space even when it is cold. That is unacceptable ...” he said.

He however remained adamant that a Good Samaritan will come.

Multichoice Regional Agency Manager Nokuphiwa Udoakpan, lamented the levels of poverty in the community as one of the reasons the school was identified by her team.

She, however praised the school’s academic progress and its teaching methods.

“This is a good school. My brother was schooled here and he was doing ever so well. We needed to have done something for it(to keep that legacy). Look at the walls, they are still intact. One cannot say it was built in 1948,” she said.

Children could not hide their excitement after getting their much-needed tracksuits.

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