Maritzburg United gives back, renovates classrooms

2017-02-15 06:02
Willowfontein School pupils Mxolisi Ngcobo and  Lungisani Memela hand over a poster to Maritzburg United marketing manager Brian Zuma (right) as a token of appreciation for renovations done at the school.PHOTO: ian carbutt

Willowfontein School pupils Mxolisi Ngcobo and Lungisani Memela hand over a poster to Maritzburg United marketing manager Brian Zuma (right) as a token of appreciation for renovations done at the school.PHOTO: ian carbutt

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MATRICS at Willowfontein School will write their final examinations in renovated classrooms this year.

This was made possible by Maritzburg United Football Club, who renovated six classrooms through its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative.

Team of Choice spokesperson Brian Zuma, who was at the school last Wednesday to do the official handover, said the team’s initiatives are done to give back.

“The team runs several CSI initiatives such as the project with the Salvation Army where we identify needy families and give them groceries. We also worked with Shoprite where we delivered 200 groceries to families in Copesville and Northdale. We also did something for the home of the sickly in Imbali Unit 1.

“When the school committee approached our office, the team’s management decided we should renovate the classrooms because we have a responsibility to give back to the community­.

“The people in Willowfontein support the team and attend our games and we hope this contribution makes a difference,” said Zuma.

School governing body chairperson Mazwi Ngubane thanked the three teachers who initiated the relationship with Maritzburg United.

“Teachers go out of their way to help these pupils even when they are not from this community, and it’s admirable. This effort will go a long way for our pupils and we are grateful. We hope this will not be the end of the relationship between­ Maritzburg United and Willowfontein School.”

Zuma promised pupils and teachers that Maritzburg United players will be visiting the school soon to paint two extra classes.

“The players are in Richards Bay for a friendly against Thanda Zulu Royals that’s why they are not here today. I give you my word that we will come back with them to paint two extra classes where they will also take time to engage with the pupils and sign autographs.”

He said the team aims to finish this season in the top eight.

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