Tongaat High Wall project breaks borders

2015-05-21 06:00
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Handing over the cheque from left is Mrs Naicker, Mr Dan Naicker, Mrs Rungappa, Mr Eric Rungappa, Mr Rajen Singh (principal), Mr Logan Pillai (deputy principal).

Photo: supplied Handing over the cheque from left is Mrs Naicker, Mr Dan Naicker, Mrs Rungappa, Mr Eric Rungappa, Mr Rajen Singh (principal), Mr Logan Pillai (deputy principal).

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TONGAAT Secondary School has engaged in a major entrance and wall project which will enhance the Cape Dutch feature of the 70-year-old school.

The project was initiated by their former students from the matric class of 1982 who engaged the services of an architect and covered the costs of the plans and the first segment of the wall.

Another group of ex-students who adopted the wall project is the matric class of 1994 who raised an amount in excess of R20 000 at their 20 year reunion which was held at the Ex-students’ school hall at Tongaat Secondary recently.

After the invitation for ex-students to participate in the project, support for this venture was received from students from far afield as Australia.

The Indian Cultural Advancement Society of Australia (ICASA), which also comprises ex-students of Tongaat Secondary, donated a whopping R26 000 towards the completion of the initiative.

The chairperson of ICASA Dan Naicker flew in from Australia to officially hand over the cheque to school principal Rajen Singh.

In discussions with the school principal, Naicker explained that ICASA raises funds at their annual events and earmark the funds collected to assist communities from their “roots”.

“The school’s wall project was an ideal opportunity for ex-students of Tongaat Secondary now in Australia to give back to their school and community.”

An elated principal Rajen Singh said: “We were overwhelmed when the call came from ICASA and are deeply indebted to them for their magnanimous gesture.

“We believe as a school that the wall project not only enhances the school, but also changes significantly the landscape of Tongaat as Tongaat Secondary is a historical landmark in the town’s history,” said Singh

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