AYOUNG man from Mbutshane in Sweetwaters is seeking help from anyone who can do so, so that he can continue helping Grade 12 pupils with extra classes. Sphamandla Ndlovu (21) started a matric support programme where he and other youth people from the community assist Grade 12 pupils with their studies. Ndlovu has been running the programme for the past three years using the local church Cross-Ways as a venue. The classes run from Monday to Sunday, 6 pm to 9.30 pm. He told Echo there are currently 23 regular pupils and others who visit occasionally. “When I was in Grade 12, I had friends who had private tutors in town and this was an eye-opener for me. I told myself that after finishing Grade 12, I was going to help children in my community who cannot afford to pay for extra lessons in the CBD.“I want to close the gap between pupils who attend government schools in the townships and the former model C schools. I know that most of the pupils in my community come from poor backgrounds and cannot afford extra classes which is why these classes are free,” he said. He said that since the start of this programme, pupils have been producing good results. “Nobody has failed after attending our extra lessons. We try by all means to assist them so that they can pass their matric and do something better with their lives. I even sacrifice my own money and buy them food if we work late, usually when examinations are approaching because we want them to be prepared.”He said the biggest challenge they face now is a lack of resources such as a white board, desks and other study materials. “We are using chairs from the church and old desks that are not in good condition. We are appealing to anyone who can assist us to please help. I want to grow this support group because I have seen that it is a great help to our communities.” If you would like to assist phone 081 430 4487.