NEW KZN FINANCE MEC CARES
By: Nontsikelelo Ngubane
Over 600 Pietermaritzburg learners will have a warm winter with the courtesy of the KZN MEC for Finance Belinda Scott.
Scott who is also the Champion MEC for uMgungundlovu District under the Operation Sukuma Sakhe umbrella, brought tears of joy to some needy leaners of Vulindlela and Richmond areas as some were wearing full uniform for the first time in their lives.
“The team identified leaners from 43 different schools in these areas. Some of these children just had basic uniform. Its either they didn’t have a school jersey, socks or shoes,” she said.
Scott came up with the concept of giving back to the underprivileged because it is not every child in local schools that can afford the comfort of shoes and jerseys to be warm in this chilling winter.
“Today was a wonderful day where it was wonderful to see the smiles from the learners and to see that we as government can actually reach out directly to the poorest of the poor,”said Scott.
Scott was impressed with the pro-activeness of Operation Sukuma Sakhe as they delivered full school uniforms and sports kits to these learners.
Mtholangqondo Secondary School Principal, Mr Nhlanhla Mlife in KwaShange Area, said that many of his learners come from destitute families and some are from child headed households.
“I would like to extend my gratitude on behalf of my school and kwaVulindlela community to the MEC for Finance for presenting our children with full school uniform,” he said.
Mlife said the donation meant a lot to them as educators because most parents do not afford to buy uniforms for their kids. “We are so happy and humbled by this gesture,”he added.
Scott indicated that she will soon deliver uniforms and sports kits in the northern suburbs of Pietermaritzburg well as the uMshwathi, uMkhambathi areas.