Businesses urged to donate

2019-03-07 06:01
Learners, staff and SGB members showing off their new tablets donated by Alpha International Company to the school.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Learners, staff and SGB members showing off their new tablets donated by Alpha International Company to the school.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Mzamomtsha Primary School principal Simphiwe Kuze, from Driftsands, is calling on business people to come on board and donate to the local schools.

He was commenting when the school welcomed the new brITe Box consisting of 40 tablets and a laptop. The box, also known as a mobile e-learning centre, was donated by Alpha International Company Friday 1 March.

Kuze said the centre will assist the learners to improve their results.

Alpha International Company, which is based in KwaZulu Natal, is a distribution company specialising in audio, visual and automation products for the African market.

Kuze described education as an investment, not only to the learners, but to the community at large.

“They will make life easier for learners to access information instead of going to the library to search for information from the books,” he said.

Kuze said that Driftsands has been neglected and there is little development in the area.

“Driftsands has been forgotten and there is only one school in the area which is overcrowded,” he said.

According to Kuze the school is meant to accommodate less than 500 learners, but it has 770 learners from Grade R to Grade 9.

Alpha Operation Manager in Cape Town Zaynul Mahomed said the learners will be able to access internet to prepare them for the next phase of the world.

He reiterated Kuze’s sentiments that the area has been overlooked when comparing to its neighbouring areas.

“We perceived that every time people coming to the townships to donate, they go to Khayelitsha, Philippi or Gugulethu. They forget about Driftsands. And our aim is to focus more on the disadvantage schools,” he stated.

He said it’s the first school that Alpha donated to in the province.

Member of the School Governing Body, Bolekwa Madikane, urged the community to protect the school. “As members of SGB and community at large we are so exhilarated with the new equipment hoping that it will make a difference to the lives of our learners. And our obligation as community is to take ownership of the school and protect it from criminals,” she said.

Grade 9 learner Yolanda Komsasi (15) said the tablets will boost their moral and make their work easier.

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