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2016-07-28 06:00
Mungeka Hlathi, teacher and music director, Apostle Khaya Maseko, Salvation Church of the Revival of Faith, Ntombekhaya Thukela, member of SGB, with learners from Harry Gwala Secondary School during their visit to the church in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Mungeka Hlathi, teacher and music director, Apostle Khaya Maseko, Salvation Church of the Revival of Faith, Ntombekhaya Thukela, member of SGB, with learners from Harry Gwala Secondary School during their visit to the church in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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The Salvation Church for the Revival of Faith and Harry Gwala Secondary School have formed a partnership that will benefit learners beyond the realm of the classroom.

The partnership seeks to guide learners even when they leave the school for tertiary institutions and to ensure that they stay in the right path.

Apostle Khaya Maseko, the founder of the church, said he was approached by the school asking to be part of one of the projects that are run independently under the church’s umbrella.

“I strongly believe that the church should not only be a place of worship, but also a centre for moral regeneration and must support communities,” Maseko said.

He said they have projects such as that are called prevention programmes, which ensures that youth finish school and also partner with schools to teach learners art and Information Technology (IT).

Maseko holds that most youth are unemployed not because they are unemployable, but because they lack skills, and his projects aim to close that gap.

As a result, they have started a project called Sport Academy and Youth Development (SAYD), which aims at giving necessary support to youth who struggle with tertiary tuition.

They have a soccer team formed by former gang members, and his church makes resources such as the recording studio available to the youth in the area.

“We are a centre of hope and centre for development for the youth. We say no one is useless, no matter where the person is coming from. We sponsor students who are coming from disadvantaged background with money for registration in universities. We also do counselling to learners who dropped out of school to go back to school,” he said.

On Thursday, the school choir and teachers visited the church in Makhaza.

Maseko said he had managed to call rival gang groups known as Vato and Vura to form a soccer team called City 11, which is currently playing under Athlone Soccer League.

Maseko said Fikile Mbalula, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, donated R100 000 towards the soccer team when he visited the church recently.

Harry Gwala is still celebrating winning three positions one, and holding first positions out of six categories during the ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod which was held in Johannesburg from 28 June to 1 July.

The school was awarded with trophies and R35 000 in cash for their wins.

Mungeka Hlathi, a teacher and music director at the school, said the competition was not easy.

“It was very tough. We had to compete with provinces such as Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal which are very powerful. We managed to win because of the passion we have in music, giving more time to practise and also sticking to basics,” Hlathi said.

Hlathi also said the school has already won more than trophies this year alone, some of which they won during the qualifying stages at regional, district and provincial levels.

He praised the partnership they have formed with the church and said it will positively benefit the learners. “There are many projects done by the church that are set to benefit to develop children. The church is a pillars of the community.”

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