Philanthropist invests in young minds by making donations to local school

Pupils who benefited from the donations. Front: Belinda Matsinya, Siphiwe Moyiwa, Sandile Msibi, Innocentia Khoza, Amanda Ngwenya, Khensani Sithole, Lindokuhle Khumalo, (back) Gugu Mabuza, Irene Livanje, Ayanda Mkhabela, Thabsile Theko, Nonhlanhla Msibi and Rose Mahlalela.

But this all changed last Wednesday. He now owns a brand-new uniform including shoes, trousers, a shirt, jersey and socks.

This is all thanks to the benevolence of local philanthropist, Gugu Mabuza, with the assistance of various donors.

Phumlani, who is a resident of Extension 11 in Emjindini, was among the 45 learners from the school who benefited from Mabuza’s compassion.

Most of the learners from the school are from vulnerable backgrounds.

“The new uniform will encourage me to perform at my best. I will now no longer feel different to other pupils,” said Phumlani.

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According to Baptista Khoza, an educator, most of the schoolchildren avoid being fully active in school, as they fear that they will be laughed at for not having a proper uniform.

He said the donation will help them perform better in class.

“It takes a village to raise a child, and through the help of the community and the private sector, we will be able to produce the best learners. I am happy and I appreciate what Gugu and the donors did for the school.

“We do not want the children to feel different from others because of their family background. That is not their responsibility. We want them to focus on their studies and perform at their best. We are calling on other donors to come forward to help improve the learners’ self-esteem,” said Khoza.

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The donation by Mabuza was not her first one to local schools.

On November 8 she brought smiles to learners of Mhola Primary School in Emjindini, when she donated 30 school uniforms.

“I always go to various schools to make donations. It makes me feel happy to see how those contributions change the lives of children.

“The school uniform brings unity to learners. They feel happy when they look like other children. There are people who definitely struggle to get their kids to school. The fact that some people can’t afford a uniform is something we need to be aware of so we can supply help where it is needed,” added Mabuza.

Richard Nkosi

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