Putting back pride in pupils’ step

Project Khulisanani memebers with stakeholders; back from left, Lukhanyo Xenti, Mbukeli Zenani,Bongiwe Ngomana,Lungi Ntshiba,Ntando Kebe,Zukiswa Mdyogolo, seated from left; Aziwe Nondaka,Zamuxolo Rete, Bohlale Buzani and Cinga Sikwebu Picture: SIVENATHI GOSA

MDANTSANE non-profit organisation, Project Khulisanani (PK), handed over more than 200 pairs of school shoes to pupils from five schools at Mdantsane City Mall on Friday.

PK fFounder of PK, Bohlale Buzani, said the organisation was initiated a year ago to raise funds for school essentials such as shoes and uniforms, but it expanded with a vision of implementing programmes that will contribute to the inclusive development of the community.

“The organisation is led by the youth of the community. Our mission is for it to grow nationwide – little by little, one step at a time. We will start small so that we can finish big,” Buzani said.

Project Khulisanani donated 207 pairs of school shoes and shoe polishes, to Zukisa Junior Primary School, Phakamile Primary School, Nkululeko Senior Primary, Mzomhle High School and Ulwazi Secondary School.

Teacher of Nkululeko Senior Primary School teacher Ntombekhaya Zamane, said she was grateful for the donations made by PK to the school.

“We are a school based in NU 1. The pupils come from homes that depend on social grants as the majority of their parents are unemployed. What PK has done will bring a huge amount of relief to the pupils as , because it will boost their self-esteem by gaining confidence and getting the education they deserve,” Zamane said.

Mzomhle High School teacher Bongiwe Ngomana echoed the words of Zamane, saying she was also proud and grateful towards the organisation.

“I taught some of the PK members, which makes me proud because they are giving back to the community, as well as and inspiring the youth in to working hard in order to achieve their dreams.” said Ngomana.

The guest speaker of the day was former EP Kings and South African A rugby player Ntando Kebe, who talked about his own upbringing on the dusty streets of Mdantsane.

“I went to Zukisa Junior Primary School just like these young pupils and I am proud of that. I had a dream of being a rugby player and chased my goal until I achieved it. Achieving reaching your goals is not about your upbringing or background, but about your determination in chasing after your accomplishments,” Kebe said.