Takalani aids Imbasa

2016-05-19 06:00
 Vuyelwa Ndunduzela, the school principal, Nolukhanyo Siyele, Busiswa Kisana, Nomangesi Makinana, Ntombokuqala Nkwenkwezi, Sesona Menzi, Robert Fika, chairperson of the SGB and learners during the handover of tracksuits at Imbasa Primary School in Crossroads, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Vuyelwa Ndunduzela, the school principal, Nolukhanyo Siyele, Busiswa Kisana, Nomangesi Makinana, Ntombokuqala Nkwenkwezi, Sesona Menzi, Robert Fika, chairperson of the SGB and learners during the handover of tracksuits at Imbasa Primary School in Crossroads, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Imbasa Primary School learners were given tracksuits with reflectors to make them visible to motorists and thus prevent accidents such as being knocked down by cars.

The 1100 tracksuits were donated by Takalani Sesame, which is the South African version of the children’s television program Sesame Street.

The donation came after Vuyelwa Ndunduzela, the school principal, became concerned about the learners walking on the streets when it is still dark in winter which puts them in great danger of being knocked down by cars, because visibility is not clear.

Said Nduduzela: “We are one of three chosen schools in the province to work with Takalani Sesame on a programme for child safety.

I was concerned about learners who have to walk from different areas when it is still dark in winter. The tracksuits have reflectors which will make them visible.

On the other hand it will help keep them warm. There are parents who cannot afford to buy their children tracksuits, so this is going to help them as well,” she said.

The school formed the partnership with Takalani Sesame last year and the relationship has since been fruitful.

Takalani Sesame is in a working relationship with two other schools in the province, which are Sivile Primary School, in Khwezi, and ACJ Phakade Primary School, in Strand.

Ntombokuqala Nkwenkwezi, 49, a grandparent of Linathi Nkwenkwezi, said the tracksuits were handed-over at the right time when the learners needed them the most.

“They (tracksuits) will really help prevent accidents because they reflect.

They also came to the rescue of most parents as they cannot afford to buy their children tracksuits. I would like to thank Takalani Sesame and the school,” Nkwenkwezi said.

Robert Fika, chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB), said he was “happy for the children.”

Fika also thanked Takalani Sesame for the donation and said the tracksuits will help prevent accidents and also keep learners warm.

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