Botswana Student Society at UKZN assists KwaMashu LearnersGeneral

From left: Ms Banyatsi Tuke, Mr Sipho Magwaza, Mrs Rebecca Mphahudi, Ms Minehle Ntuli, Ms Nomvula Biyela and Ms Mmapula Lesomo.From left: Ms Banyatsi Tuke, Mr Sipho Magwaza, Mrs Rebecca Mphahudi, Ms Minehle Ntuli, Ms Nomvula Biyela and Ms Mmapula Lesomo.

Members of the Botswana Student Society on UKZN’s Howard College campus, accompanied by colleagues from the Community Development Association (CDA), visited Dr JL Dube High School in KwaMashu, Durban, to “give back” for the reception they have received in South Africa.

The school, established 37 years ago and named after a founder of the African National Congress, has 1 266 learners who are from needy families living in and around the KwaMashu area.

According to Society President, Ms Banyatsi Tuke, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa generally have been very welcoming to students from Botswana. ‘As students we find it fitting to acknowledge the wonderful reception and support we receive while in South Africa by giving back to the community.’

Vice-Consul at the Botswanan Consulate General, Mrs Rebecca Mphahudi, echoed the words of Tuke saying the initiative was a token of appreciation and gratitude towards the province and the country at large for accommodating students from Botswana.

She added that Botswana was celebrating 50 years of independence, which spurred the decision to visit the school to share their values and assist in a variety of ways.

Activities on the day included motivational talks from the UKZN SRC Student Services Officer Ms Minenhle Ntuli, the CEO of the CDA (Howard College) Ms Nomvula Biyela, and Ms Nombuso Mtshali of the UKZN International Relations Office as well as officials from the Botswanan Embassy.

While the motivational programme was taking place in the school assembly area, other members of the delegation prepared food for the children while members of the Botswana Student Society handed out stationary and sanitary pads and planted a tree of “hope and remembrance”.

Ntuli committed to mentoring the female learners through a programme she plans to start early next year.

Headmaster at Dr J L Dube, Mr Sipho Magwaza thanked UKZN for helping motivate the learners.

To get involved in helping the school email the school headmaster on magwaziphoo@gmail.com

Tsepo Khonyane