Benevolence rains on Mvula P.S.

2016-03-17 06:00
 Mvula Primary School teachers with some of the Transnet Port Terminals staff members who donated shoes.

Mvula Primary School teachers with some of the Transnet Port Terminals staff members who donated shoes.

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Mvula and Noordhoek Primary Schools recently received welcomed visit by gift-bearing Transnet Port Terminals staff members last Friday.

Both schools received over 150 pairs of shoes collected by staff for needy students.

The handover brought to an end another successful nationwide campaign, in which TPT encouraged their staff to assist underprivileged schools across the country. This included reaching out to key stakeholders of TPT as well to pledge their support.

According to General Manager Velile Dube, the company started this campaign in 2014 as a tribute to Madiba after his passing.

“Our partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation this year has helped TPT formalise this initiative and encouraged our staff to remember Madiba and live his legacy through active citizenry.

Just as Madiba had encouraged the nation to understand the importance of reaching out to communities in need, so too have we encouraged our staff to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those less fortunate through this initiative.

Last year TPT employees from all over the country collected and donated a significant amount of school shoes and this year we are very proud to have surpassed this number to help hundreds more underprivileged children.”

Principal Florence Dlamasha said the 100 pairs of school shoes donated to Mvula Primary School, have brought much hope to the children at her school who lack even the most basic school essentials.

“This is the second consecutive year that our students have benefitted from this generous donation, for which we are extremely grateful.

Our school services the children from the nearby informal settlement of which the community are mostly impoverished.

We face many challenges at our school such as broken windows, chairs and doors, unhygienic toilets and dilapidated infrastructure.

Fortunately this company has been able to assist us in the past, but our school is still in dire need of additional support to encourage a conducive learning environment.

Despite the poor background of our learners, we would like to make sure the standard of learning is still kept high,” Dlamasha said.

Mvula Primary School was only adapted as a government school in 2012 and currently has a total of 1182 learners and 34 teachers, with about 40 learners to each class.

Also grateful for the donation of much needed school shoes was Noordhoek Primary School’s Principal, Mervin Ruiters.

“Our school accommodates learners from Pre-primary to grade 8 with a total enrolment of 978 learners and 29 teachers.

Our learners come from a disadvantaged community, and some of the children belong to families who earn less than R500-00, and in some households even less than R200 per week.

The donation of school shoes by the staff helps instil pride and hope in our learners, which is also ultimately what we aim to achieve on a day to day basis,” Ruiters said.

Now in its second year, this impressive initiative, which has surpassed last year’s donations despite difficult economic conditions, has received the support and stamp of approval by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Yase Godlo, Manager of Mandela Day from the Nelson Mandela Foundation said: “We are very proud to have been partners to this year’s Shoes on Feet initiative and the spirit of Ubuntu was alive and thriving at all the handovers to disadvantaged schools this year.

Not only have the employees followed in Madiba’s humanitarian footsteps through this initiative, but they have also demonstrated their belief in the importance of education and supporting our youth.

This is exactly the type of legacy that we are encouraging all South Africans to try live by - and not only on one day of the year during Mandela Day, but 365 days a year,” Yase added.

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