Minister urges pupils to be better Africans

2015-04-30 15:11
Photo: Makhosandile Zulu
Norma Gigaba celebrates her birthday at Groutville High School.

Photo: Makhosandile Zulu Norma Gigaba celebrates her birthday at Groutville High School.

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HOME Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba delivered a fervent speech to Groutville High School pupils last Friday cautioning them on the consequences of unprotected sex and consuming drugs and alcohol.

He called on them to prioritise their education and to be more tolerant and compassionate towards their fellow African brothers and sisters.

Gigaba and his wife Norma, who was celebrating her birthday, was accompanied by Dj Sgqemeza of uKhozi FM, gospel singer Thina Zungu and Dj Happygirl.

Addressing pupils Gigaba said: “You must treasure the moments you spend at school. There is nothing more important for you than education,” he said.

He expressed his pride in the school’s academic achievements adding: “We are building a country that must be known for the conquest and achievements of its people.

“The country will be great not because of what your predecessors have achieved, but because of what you will achieve,” he said.

Tasking the pupils with the responsibility of ensuring that the country, continent and the world is made a better place he said: “For us to be great, to reclaim the glory of our continent, to place Africa once more on the international stage, to put it on the map, we will depend on you as educated, skilled, passionate pupils who work hard and stay away from crime.”

Urging the pupils to refrain from xenophobic violence he said: “Your responsibility as the people of South Africa, as the youth of our country, is to say no to hatred of foreign nationals, say no to hatred of fellow Africans, and commit yourselves to working hard.”

Gigaba gave a short history lesson about the accomplishments of ancient African civilisations such as the scholars of Timbuktu, Egypt, Sudan and Great Zimbabwe’s unmatched architectural supremacy and the accomplishments of the Kingdom of Mapungubwe.

“You have it in your genes to be great. You have it within yourselves to be things that the world cannot even imagine.

“Out of you, the children of the African continent, something new and greater must emerge again. Put Africa on the map. Make people envy who we are not because we are known for violence, crime, murder, hatred, jealousy, looting and attacks on fellow people, but because of what you will achieve,” he said.

“Use this opportunity to become a great people. I believe in you. I trust in you,” charged Gigaba, “You can be better. You are better. You will be better.”

Norma then donated a chess set to the school as a present to celebrate her birthday and promised to keep a close eye on the school’s performance

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