PRETORIA – First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe on Wednesday called on South Africans to step in and help needy communities and schools.
She pointed out that many schools and children in the townships of South Africa face many socio-economic challenges which are mainly rooted in the injustices of South Africa’s past.
She made the remarks in Thembisa, Gauteng, where she officiated during the unveiling of the second phase of a newly renovated classroom block by the Pink Forum and the My Walk My School at Khatlamping Primary School in Thembisa.
“I am honored to return to this school today and be a part of this noble enterprise. A helping hand can certainly make a significant difference; a helping hand touches and can change lives, ”said Motsepe.
“I was here last year when the Pink Forum, working with the school and other stakeholders, launched the Pink Classrooms, as well as the vegetable patch that we saw earlier as part of the promotion of food security in this community.
The My Walk My School initiative is managed by the Pink Forum Project, a youth-centered non-profit organization based in Thembisa and Kempton Park in partnership with Netcare and Adcock Ingram Critical Care.
Motsepe said the unveiling of the newly renovated pink classrooms marked the second phase after the other classrooms launched last year.
“I believe and hope that they will be of great help to the children of this community. I am grateful to see all the familiar faces, because I am also delighted to see new ones. Like the name of this commune, “Thembisa”, this progress inspires confidence and hopes that the children of this school community will be supported to succeed, ”she said.
“I want to express how proud I am of the founder of the Pink Forum, Ms. Mandisa Jiyane, a young person who advocates for the development of other young and disadvantaged people. Through her activism, she shines a light on pressing challenges that require intervention.
She appealed for help for schools, especially those in rural areas and townships.
“It is very useful to help our schools, because education is one of the main vehicles that many rely on to drive change and development, not only for their lives but that of their families and communities”, she declared.
“Supporting schools and children in need with all the support they need shows how much we value our national strengths. It shows that we care about the future of our country. No child should go to school without shoes. There should not be any hungry child for education sitting in class with an empty stomach. “
For the donation of school shoes, Motsepe congratulated Netcare and Adcock Ingram, Waltons and Bidvest for their collaboration with the Pink Forum to make the donation possible.
“It is not a cliché that it takes a village to raise a child.
“It takes NGOs and individuals like Mandisa, committed teachers and involved and supportive parents, and it takes companies like Netcare, Adcock Ingram, Waltons and Bidvest, working alongside government,” she said.
“I would like to congratulate Netcare and Adcock Ingram for helping the children of Khatlamping by donating school shoes. It is very extraordinary, as I have been told, that these durable school shoes are made from PVC used in the manufacture of medical supplies.
Motsepe began public engagement on Wednesday in her capacity as sponsor of the South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescent and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH).
African News Agency