Learners are in for a warm winter

2017-05-18 06:02
Mahlubi Ngqukuvana, the school principal stands next to Gary Appleton, from Baleka, and who facilitated the donation, during the handover.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Mahlubi Ngqukuvana, the school principal stands next to Gary Appleton, from Baleka, and who facilitated the donation, during the handover.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Cape winters can be very cruel and biting, so it was a welcome relief for learners at a Gugulethu school to be donated sweaters to keep the cold at bay.

Add to that dictionaries and you have a bunch of learners who are not only warm during the cold period, but have sharp minds too.

Last Wednesday, Vuyani Primary School learners were full of happy smiles as they were the recipients of the benevolence of a donor who wanted to remain anonymous.

The jersey donation was worth a whooping R27 000 and the dictionaries were to the tune of R3000.

Gary Appleton, from Baleka, a company which provides administrative services for small businesses, said the donor, who is their client, approached him to find a school where they can donate about R30 000.

Mahlubi Ngqukuvana, the school principal, said he had then asked the donor if they can not use an amount of about R3000 from the money to buy school dictionaries for the learners, which he felt, was also top of their requirements.

Appleton, who was not sure which school to choose, then approached Siviwe Mini, his friend, who did not hesitate to recommend Vuyani, his Alma mater.

“The client asked to remain anonymous... That’s I how I became in involved in the process.

I am happy... It will surely make a difference in the lives of the learners,” he said.

Ngqukuvana said he was happy with the donation and thanked Appleton, Mini and the donor.

“About eighty percent of our learners are coming from informal settlements and their parents cannot afford to buy school uniform for them.

I am a language teacher so I know of the need to have dictionaries. I wish that the relationship will go from strength to strength,” Ngqukuvana said.

Nosicelo Mraqisa, the chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB), said the donation came at the right time.

“Parents are very happy. The donation came at the right time as winter is upon us.

Some learners do not have jerseys and some jerseys do not conform to the school uniform,” Mraqisa said

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