Future leader pupil leads the way to new library for needy school

2015-11-26 10:45
South African Breweries corporate affairs specialist Judy Naidoo and Hlengiwe Mcoyi during the launch of the Siyahlomula Secondary School library.

South African Breweries corporate affairs specialist Judy Naidoo and Hlengiwe Mcoyi during the launch of the Siyahlomula Secondary School library. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Hlengiwe Mcoyi has helped an impoverished school to get a brand new library.

The Silver Heights Secondary school pupil chose Siyahlomula Secondary School as the beneficiary of an initiative she organised with the help of her mentor, Sihle Makhaya, as part of the Future Leaders programme.

The third season of the Future Leaders reality television series on SABC 1 followed the lives of five youngsters who were committed to upliftment projects within their communities.

The programme is facilitated by South African Breweries (SAB) and partners, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and youth marketing agency HDI Youth Marketeers.

“The show follows the story of five ‘ordinary’ South African teenagers whose lives have been affected by drinking,” said Ksheka Singh alcohol program specialist of SAB, “[and] documents their journey of implementing positive change within their respective communities.

Future Leaders provides the platform and necessary support for these youngsters who have so much potential, but are possibly held back because of social circumstances … The participants go on to become Future Leaders ambassadors.”

Each of the five participants were carefully selected by a panel of judges. Once selected, each candidate focuses on an upliftment project and, with the help of a mentor, gets the projects off the ground.

Hlengiwe arranged the cleaning of the school’s library at a cost of R10 000, a donation of R10 000 worth of books from South African Breweries (SAB) and a further R100 000 worth of books sponsored by Shuter & Shooter.

An excited Hlengiwe said, “I did not think this day would have been possible. We had so many challenges but finally we are here launching my ‘baby’.”

Chief executive officer of Shuter & Shooter Primi Chetty said, “After being approached to partner with the Future Leaders programme, we were blown away by both the magnitude of the project, as well as Hlengiwe’s clear vision for education and learning in our country.”

Hlengiwe urged the pupils of Siya­hlomula to take care of her library. “This library is very close to my heart. So please don’t abuse it.”

Grateful Siyahlomula acting principal Mandla Ndada said promised the pupils will take care of it. Hlengiwe is looking forward to her next project, which is a recycling initiative.

“I want to make this a community event where we create awareness about the need for recycling water, plastic and paper,” she said.

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