School receives equipment worth R50 000
Newell High School in New Brighton has been given a chance to start afresh after the school was broken into countless times last year.
Well-known banking executive Lincoln Mali, a former pupil at the school, donated equipment worth R50 000 through the Gladys Mali Foundation.
The foundation, named after his mother who has a passion for education, donates money and equipment to schools in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Newell High School received laptops, a washing machine, a projector and home economics and sport equipment.
Mali said he understood the struggle of being in a disadvantaged school where there was a scarcity of learning material and equipment, so he wanted to give back.
He said: “I knew that one day when I received some kind of success I wanted to give back to the schools I attended.
“Our job is to get more children coming out of our township, to have a better chance at success because of the support that we give.
“We want to create a better environment for our children to offer them assistance so that they can focus on their academics.”
Mali added that he was disheartened by the annual announcements made about the Eastern Cape’s dismal Matric results.
Newell acting principal Mpilo Manqele said the donation had been well received by pupils, who were in dire need of laptops and other educational equipment.
“Our students have been blessed in various ways. We have new scientific equipment, consumer study equipment and so much more. We went through many tragedies including theft last year, but this donation has made us forget about that.”
Grade 12 consumer studies pupil Sipho Mavengane said the donation was a relief as they would now have equipment with which to practice.
“The class is full of life, we are happy. We have everything we need, even now we are being taught how to cook pastry and our teacher can teach us properly,” Mavengane said.
Grade 12 pupil Busiswe Johnson said they had had many obstacles because their computers were stolen.
“We have had technical challenges where we couldn’t function because our computers were stolen but we’ll be able to be taught on these laptops so we can pass our year-end exams,” Johnson said.
Mali said other recipients of the foundation include Ebongweni Primary School, Mzonstundu Secondary School and Thembelihle High School.