Transnet gives desks to school

Learning will be much better now, pupils say

TAKING PRIDE: Lusakhanya Mjwayi and Yibanathi Gatya, both seven, are pictured here with Transnet Engineering chief executive Thamsanqa Jiyane at Esitiyeni Primary School PICTURE: UEGENE COETZEE
TAKING PRIDE: Lusakhanya Mjwayi and Yibanathi Gatya, both seven, are pictured here with Transnet Engineering chief executive Thamsanqa Jiyane at Esitiyeni Primary School
PICTURE: UEGENE COETZEE

PUPILS at a Zwide primary school are all smiles after receiving 200 brand new desks from Transnet Engineering. An excited school principal Buyiswa Mxokozeli said the desks had restored the pupils’ dignity as, before, they were standing
or sitting on crates or old chairs without desks.

“The pupils could not listen as many were standing throughout the day.

“The teachers would even stand while marking the pupils’ papers,” Mxokozeli said.

The school has also experienced continuous burglaries and vandalism and has struggled to create a conducive teaching environment. To help fix this problem Transnet Engineering also donated a suite of new doors.

Grade 7 pupil Nomfusi Ndamase, 13, could not stop smiling when the new desks arrived and she expressed her appreciation to Transnet Engineering.

Ndamase said pupils would fall off broken chairs and this would disturb the whole class.

“I am so happy. Learning is going to be much better now,” she said.

Transnet Engineering chief executive Thamsanqa Jiyane, a former teacher, said education was close to his heart.

Transnet Engineering was given a list of school names by the Department of Education and asked to adopt a school as part of their corporate social investment initiative.

Jiyane said Transnet chose Esitiyeni Primary School because it was the most disadvantaged school on the list.

“We are proud to say the desks were made in our own workshops by Transnet employees,” he said.

Transnet has also promised to paint the school as well as other long term plans to improve the infrastructure.

Parent and school government body member Nombulelo Nzuzo said she was looking forward to Transnet’s plans for the school.

“The kids, teachers and parents will now be encouraged especially since Transnet has put emphasis on safety,” she said.

Department of Education circuit manager Julia Sauer said she was very proud and happy for Esitiyeni Primary.

She asked both the pupils and the community to look after the school.

“These desks are your legacy,” Sauer said.

– Razaan Hackenberg and Siphokuhle Mkancu

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