Celebrating Madiba’s ethos

2019-06-26 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedStudents who are part of the project (from left) Sabelo Mhlongo, Khithatso­ Memela and Nhlakanipho Sithole.

PHOTO: suppliedStudents who are part of the project (from left) Sabelo Mhlongo, Khithatso­ Memela and Nhlakanipho Sithole.

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DURBAN University of Technology public relations second year students at the Riverside campus have initiated a project that will help Ekujabuleni Centre in Edendale as a part of celebrating Mandela Day, that takes place on July 18 every year.

Nhlakanipho Sithole, who is one of the leaders of this project, said this project was proposed to them by their lecturer Ntokozo Ndlela under the slogan #DUTCARES.

“After she made the proposal we then searched for an organisation that we wanted to assist and we chose Ekujabuleni because Nelson Mandela loved children.

The whole aim for this project is to collect clothes, stationery, uniforms and other things for the children who live in this home. We will then do an official handover in July.

“When we started this project it was run only by second-year PR students, but now we have welcomed everyone on campus to be part of it. We have over 50 students now who have come on board to assist in getting donations,” he said.

Sithole said the project does not form part of their college curriculum and is something that they are doing from “the goodness of their hearts. No one is forced to be part of it.”

“When Mrs Ndlela mentioned it we saw it as an opportunity for us young people, especially students, to give back to our community. We have seen projects like this before but we never had an opportunity to get involved.

“Our dream is to see this project grow and become an annual event where students will choose different organisations and collect donations on their behalf.”

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