Article by Nomava Mpunga
In a grand event which was attended by Alumi of the school, Telkom Foundation under Telkom South Africa handed over a donation of a back-up generator, re-painting of the school and a new sheltered walkway worth R500 thousand last Friday to St. John’s College.
The school which is known for its outstanding learner performance and discipline was abuzz with learners and Telkom employees busy starting with the work of re-painting the school buildings to enhance and beautify it.
According to Telkom’s media liaison specialist Pynee Chetty, the Telkom foundation, ‘Adopt A Project Programme’ affords executives the opportunity to actively get involved in assisting communities in various ways through financial support, commitment of time and skills contribution.
Through this project the Telkom’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nombulelo Moholi took the opportunity to give back to her former school St. John’s College. Moholi got an amount of R200 thousand from Telkom last year to use it in any project of her choice, but according to her it was not enough for the work she was planning to do in the school.
“I dug deep into my own pockets and came up with R100,000 and fortunately for me Telkom gave me another R300 thousand” explained Moholi. She added that she then asked the school to identify their needs and on top of the list was the back-up generator.
“Seeing that there are always power cuts in Mthatha especially during winter schools, the generator is the most important and the sheltered walkway to cover students when moving from class to class” said Moholi.
Using herself as an example Moholi encouraged students to treasure their time and seize every opportunity at their disposal. “You must work hard, equip yourself, be committed to a lifelong learning and I promise that you will one day look back and smile,” emphasised Moholi adding that students must make the world their playground.
Sarah Mthintso from the Telkom Foundation’s ‘Adopt A Project Program’ thanked the schools for producing such talented minds as Moholi while the MEC for Education Mandla Makupula thanked Telkom SA for the donation as ‘it will not only benefit the school but the Mthatha District schools who are less fortunate during the winter school period’.
Chanting the schools’ slogan ‘Hayi Lentaka, Rise like an eagle and shine like a star’ students were in high spirits before their peer was about to thank Telkom on their behalf. Fortunately for them Nwabisa Njemlana did not disappoint as she sang praises about the donations they got from Telkom.
“We have a desire to learn and more, so, now we also have developed hunger for success. We are committing ourselves to a 100% pass rate, not only in matric but in every class” she said into her fellow students’ applause. She concluded by saying that ‘the donations are in reliable and responsible hands’ and honoured Moholi with the schools blazer.
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