Campaign to build a house for top achiever

2020-01-22 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedBhekamandaba Makhonza being welcomed by community members last week after the release of matric results.

PHOTO: suppliedBhekamandaba Makhonza being welcomed by community members last week after the release of matric results.

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FOLLOWING his outstanding matric results, the people of Edendale and other communities have come together and started a campaign to build him a home.

Bhekamandaba Makhonza (17) who matriculated from Edendale Technical and Vocational High School pupil obtained eight distinctions and came third in the country in physical science and third overall among pupils at quintile 4 schools.

The campaign, called “Help us build a home campaign for Makhonza” was initiated by community members Cedric Mseleku and Nanguvelile “Golde Igama” Makha after they visited the Bhekamandaba’s home last week in Esigodini.

He lives with his mother in a two-bedroom mud house that was built on top of what seems to be a wet land.

Speaking to Echo, Mseleku said they decided to start the campaign after they saw the state of the house that Bhekamandaba and his mother, Kholekile Shange, are currently living in.

“When we went to congratulate him at his home after he returned from the award ceremony for matrics, we were saddened by the state of the house. That is not a place where a human being is supposed to live.That is why we decided that we need to come together as a community and help them build a house.

“We are very proud of Bhekamandaba and this is our way of congratulating him and thanking him for putting us on the map. He has set a good example to other pupils after him that no matter where you are coming from, you can achieve anything that you want,” said Mseleku.

He said they have since opened a bank account for donations that will go towards building a house.

They are not only accepting cash but building material that as well, he said.

Bhekamandaba’s mother said she is very grateful for the support they are getting from the community.

“I never thought that our community loved us this much. We are hoping that this campaign is going to be successful because the house that we are currently living in is in very bad condition,” she said.

“The house is always wet and that has led to walls cracking and has put our lives in danger.”

Bhekamandaba plans to study actuarial science this year at the University of Cape Town.

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