Twins donate to school

2018-02-15 06:00
Twin brothers Phumzile (left) and Phumezo Dakada (right) sitting with the learners after giving them new shoes.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Twin brothers Phumzile (left) and Phumezo Dakada (right) sitting with the learners after giving them new shoes.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Former Kukhanyile primary school learners celebrated their birthday in style last Saturday by donating school shoes to needy learners in their alma mater.

About 77 pairs of shoes are now warming the tiny feet of recipients.

Twin brothers Phumzile- a traffic officer- and Phumezo- a policeman- Dakada who both turned 34-years-old last week on Tuesday, described their initiative as part of giving back to the community.

“Today is a culmination of our wishes ... As we were sitting together, discussing how we can celebrate our birthday this year, we came up with the concept of tracing our path to where it all began with our education; Kukhanyile was top of our mind,” Phumzile said.

He added: “So we are here to express our gratitude to the teachers and also encourage other learners to focus on their studies,”.

They are planning to do the event annually, said Phumzile.

The Dakada brothers, as members of the Kasi Riders bikers group, were accompanied by fellow riders and some of their Germany friends who assisted them in the collection of funds.

Phumzile said this was a long way to the days when they would invite friends over to celebrate their birthday.

He also said how they wished Mandela Day can be an everyday thing. “I wish it can be Mandela Day every day. So that people cannot help only for 67 minutes but beyond that,” he said.

School principal Ayanda Mentile described the event as great.

“I could not believe when I heard that some of our former students will visit us to donate shoes. As a school we feel honoured. They (shoes) will make a difference and make our learners look beautiful,” said the principal.

One of the parents, Codelia Oniwe was ecstatic and thanked the Dakada brothers for their donation. “I’m very happy they (shoes) will make a difference. I have three children in this school. But only one received shoes. I don’t complain because I’ll only buy for there other two children.” Grade 4 learner Ayakha Nqandala 11 said he is happy for the shoes and vowed to pass at the end of the year as an appreciation for the donation.

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