City of Ekurhuleni gives uniforms to Winnie Mandela learners

Ekurhuleni executive mayor Clr Mzwandile Masina presents school uniforms.

Ekurhuleni executive mayor Clr Mzwandile Masina presented new school uniforms to Winnie Mandela Secondary School.

On January 26, learners assembled on the school premises to witness the gesture and be motivated by influential industry players.

Masina said the city joined the learners to motivate them and bring them hope.

“We are bringing you hope because the future belongs to the youth. What will end poverty is education. We want to break the cycle of poverty in Ekurhuleni and we have decided that education is the only instrument that can assist us,” Masina told the attentive learners.

He said the city identified three pieces of land where a new school will be built and they expect feedback in three months so a decision could be made.

“The Department of Education, under the leadership of MEC Panyaza Lesufi, has made a budget available for the school to be built. However, one of the major frustrations we experience is that from time to time residents invade the land.

“We need to work together, because if we can’t create a situation where there’s a permanent school, we are going to affect the future of the children in this area. We don’t want the school to be built anywhere else than here.”

Masina said he has adopted the school due to its dire conditions.

He said the back to school programme did not end with Winnie Mandela Secondary School but the city had been visiting other schools as well, handing out school uniforms.

He appealed to the community to understand that the education of their children is a priority and spoke against vandalism and crime committed on school property.

Chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB), Sonnyboy Masingi, said as a school they were privileged to have a visit from the mayor.

“We are pleased that the mayor is going to deal with the school’s needs since it is operating in shanty or make-shift rooms. When it rains, it is a problem.

“We appreciate that he has committed to build the school.”

Hundreds of learners benefited from the programme. Masingi said in identifying beneficiaries, teachers went through learners’ profiles considering the day to day challenges faced by them throughout the year.

Ekurhuleni executive mayor Clr Mzwandile Masina presents school uniforms.

 

 

Ekurhuleni executive mayor Clr Mzwandile Masina addresses the school.

  AUTHOR
Jantji Ngwenyama
Journalist

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