SA army leaves a lasting legacy

2019-02-28 06:01
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula with learners from Siviwe School of Skills during the handing over of renovations.PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula with learners from Siviwe School of Skills during the handing over of renovations.PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Armed Forces Day has come and gone, but the event has left a legacy for Siviwe School of Skills in Gugulethu, to the benefit of the learners.

The Department of Defence and Military Veterans chose the school as part of its outreach programme during the weeklong celebrations.

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula handed over renovated classrooms.

The army renovated and revamped classrooms to make them look new, even the sports field was upgraded and a water borehole was installed, including a new garden.

Yolanda Lupondo, school principal said all she ever wanted for the school was a usable sports field for the learners.

“It was always my dream that my learners could have proper sports field, because the one we had was too dangerous for them to play on,” she said.

Lupondo said the defence force did not only fix their field, but they also hoed a new garden, fixed and painted some of the classrooms.

She said it will be a holistic development for the learners since sport is a vital part of education.

“We are thankful to the defence force who took out their time during this week’s celebrations to help our school.”

Nikiwe Mfaka, of the school governing body, said she was at a loss for words to express her exhilaration.

Mfaka said there’s a lot they needed for the school, but were happy with what they have been given.

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula said each year during the Armed Forces Day week, they always choose a school where they will try and change lives of the learners.

“We do this every year,” she said.

She said they were giving the learners what they deserved.

“It is a great pleasure for me to preside over the handover of the renovations to the school.”

She urged the learners and the community to look after the school so it does not get vandalised.

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