Mayor visits former school

2017-04-26 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedMandeni mayor Siphesihle Zulu (back, centre) with former school’s teachers and pupils during a clean-up campaign.

PHOTO: suppliedMandeni mayor Siphesihle Zulu (back, centre) with former school’s teachers and pupils during a clean-up campaign.

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MANDENI mayor Siphesihle Zulu took part in a school clean-up campaign which began­ at Khayalemfundo Lower Primary School and ended at uDumo High School, Zulu’s former school recently.

Zulu said the campaign was linked to a drive by Mandeni councillors to visit their former school to give motivational talks and encourage pupils and improve the pass rate.

“I’m displeased by how the matric pass rate in the iLembe District is on a decline.

“I ask pupils and teachers to work hard, and devote themselves, from Grade 8, if they want to make it in matric.
“The Mandeni Municipality will provide you with all the support you require in as far as bursary programmes are concerned,” he said.

Zulu urged pupils at uDumo High to emulate Sindiswa Khuzwayo, an alumna at the school, who matriculated with straight As and is currently studying medicine at the University of Cape Town.

He told uDumo pupils that real life begins at school and urged them to ensure that every subject they do paves the way for them to enrol at tertiary institutions.

Zulu advised pupils to refrain from taking drugs, drinking alcohol, teenage pregnancy and gambling.

“You are not here to create babies and those who take drugs must understand that a school is not a rehabilitation centre.

“You must focus on learning, as it is a weapon of success. Next week 14 people will come to your school to assist you in getting better results,” he said.

He announced that in the next financial year the municipality will hire an individual who will be responsible for offering courses and career guidance to the youth.

“This person will work with uMfolozi­ TVET Colleges and iSithebe Industrial Park to determine which courses are available and which skills are needed in the job market,” he said.

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