MAKUKHANYE Primary School in Jeffreys Bay can breathe a little easier after a R23500 donation helped them to settle some of their outstanding bills for the running costs of the school.
Thanking the owners of Sovereign Sports Bar, Mark and Cosmina Bellingham, the principal Zanoxolo Kama said the school had always enjoyed a very close relationship with the Bellinghams and are extremely grateful that they chose to donate this amount to them. His only regret is that it has to be used for running costs such as the telephone and paper copier bills and that the money could not be utilized for equipment.
“Unfortunately the provincial department of education is unable to help us pay our bills and therefore we are threatened with the phones being cut off,” said Kama.
He also said the parents make no contribution towards school fees and therefore they have no other income other than donations.
According to Mark the money is donated by his business in conjunction with the Eastern Cape Gambling Board. By law they must sponsor a percentage of their takings for the upliftment and development of disadvantaged communities.
In the past they have always split their donation between different organisations but this year decided to give it all to the school.
The school has 803 pupils and 20 teachers.
Kama said they face many challenges, and they welcome any help they can get.