Underprivileged pupils of three rural schools received new shoes last week thanks to an initiative led by event organiser Siyabulela Madyo and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) led by senior manager Vuyiseka Nokhenke.
The handover event was held in Klipfontein Primary School, where MEC for DSRAC Bulelwa Tunyiswa was also present. They identified 51 children who come from single headed households, or living below the breadline at Klipfontein Primary School, Shenston Primary Farm School and Wilson Party Farm School.
The children were left thrilled they could now go to school with confidence.
Last year Madyo held the Ndlambe Music Festival at Prince Magongo Stadium in Nemato. He made a promise to give back to the community of Ndlambe from the proceeds of the event.
Sarah Baartman District Munipality portfollio head for corporate services, Zamuxolo Peter told the crowd that he always had a belief that Madyo is capable of giving back to the community, and that other community leaders could learn a thing or two from him.
“It was my best day ever today, I’m happy because children who didn’t have shoes got their prayers answered. Giving back to the community is something that is close to my heart and I love helping out others,” Madyo said.
Parents and teachers of Klipfontein Primary were happy and believe that the music festival managed to be useful to the communities of Ndlambe.
The main purpose of the event in Klipfontein was to give back to the community of Ndlambe and Sarah Baartman at large. The event was planned and budgeted for by DSRAC. Local clubs from around the district were also invited to collect their training equipment donations, to manage their day to day operations.
BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU