Pupils urged to emulate Mandela principles

Friday, July 20, 2018

Communications Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana has encouraged pupils to embody the principles of Nelson Mandela.

“These are discipline, determination, courage and a strong adherence to principle,” Kekana said.

Addressing pupils at BK Matlala Commercial High School in Limpopo, she said Mandela always adhered to a principle rather than his own interest.

Kekana and Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams led the Mandela Day outreach programme on Friday.

“When we say we should honour his legacy, we should live and make decisions based on principle -nothing more, nothing less,” Kekana said.

The outreach is a joint programme in partnership with POPCRU Group of Companies (PGC), Safer SA, Kimmotive and Vodacom.

In 2011, BK Matlala experienced a fire that burnt down the school’s administration block, destroying the staff room and typing area.

The school then reached out to various government departments and non-governmental organisations to assist in rebuilding the administration block.

Through its corporate social responsibility programme, PGC responded and rebuilt the burnt-down building, which includes a library and computer room. 

In line with its Universal Services and Access Obligation, Vodacom also installed a Cyberlab at the school.

The Deputy Ministers and PGC officially opened the newly-built administration block and Cyberlab.

Furthermore, Kimmotive, a non-profit organisation, handed over 250 packs of sanitary pads and toiletries to learners from indigent households. – SAnews.gov.za