PSA union donates winter jerseys to Tsekong pupils

2018-06-15 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedMakhaola Junior Secondary School pupils wear their new jerseys.

PHOTO: suppliedMakhaola Junior Secondary School pupils wear their new jerseys.

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PUPILS from Makhaola Junior Secondary School in Tsekong village outside Matatiele have received warm jerseys to wear during the cold winter season.

The 467 jerseys were donated by the Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) during an event at the school last Thursday.

The school is situated not far from the Drakensberg Mountains which are often covered in snow during winter.

As a result of snow and cold weather in the area, many pupils were not going to school, but the PSA wanted this to come to an end.

“After comprehensive research, we discovered that the school has many pupils who do not go to school on cold winter days because they lack warm clothes. We then resolved to buy warm jerseys to keep the pupils in school,” said Zoleka Ngebhe, the PSA liaison officer from the Eastern Cape.

She added that more jerseys will be donated to schools across the Eastern Cape.

She said the PSA, as a union for teachers and other government employees, has a social responsibility programme meant to help schools, churches and rural projects.

“Each year, we hand over warm jerseys to schools and equipment to rural projects,” said Ngebhe.

School principal Nomvuyo Sekhosana thanked the PSA for the gifts and said pupils will no longer stay home in winter.

“This area is one of the coldest places in the country. Many pupils from poor homes cannot afford to buy warm clothes. The parents of the pupils were very excited when they saw their children wearing new warm jerseys,” said Sekhosana. The jerseys were given to Grade R to Grade 6 pupils.

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