Water support for BCM schools

Students showing off their care packages made of cosmetic products. Picture by BHEKI RADEBE

The principal of Sinethemba High School in Mdantsane in Unit 3, Landile Tola, says water is life and health as it is one of the most essential things inside the school. Tola says that classes can stop when there is no water in the school.

Tola said this on Tuesday last week when he thanked the Gift of the Givers foundation for collaborating with the car manufacturing company Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant in East London when they donated water tanks and cosmetics to five schools in East London.

“We are in a struggling area here in Mdantsane. We are grateful for the support the school receives from MBSA and Gift of the Givers. This is not the first time that Gift of the Givers has shown its love to us, they have come many times. Here at the school, we have a study camp for students supported by Gift of the Givers, we also have toilets built by this foundation,” said Tola.

Corene Conradie, who is the coordinator in the Eastern Cape of Gift of the Givers, said that it is their job to help those who are struggling and will continue to do so.

“Water is life, and it is important. Life does not exist without water. We also promote the protection and appreciation of water. Today we donated tanks to five schools,” said Conradie.

Thato Mntambo, who is the General Manager of MBSA, said that they are not only concerned with producing cars, but it is also their responsibility to grow and develop the community with the aim of giving back. He said they started working with Gift of the Givers at the beginning of Covid-19.

Chief Mthuthuzeli Makinana who is the chairman of CONTRALESA in the BCM region, thanked Gift of the Givers for always helping the schools in this region as it was not the first time they lend a hand to this school. He continued by motivating the students saying that education is the key to success in their lives.

A student at Sinethemba High School, Sinalo Mangete, said that the support they continue to receive from organisations like these makes them dedicate themselves to learning so they can put a smile on those who support them. She said this makes them even more motivated in their academics.

One of the people who attended the event was the Circuit Manager in Buffalo City Municipality, Mzolisi Rebe, who gave words of encouragement to the students and thanked the organisations that contributed to these schools.

Tanks were given to these schools: Sinethemba High School and Masixole High School in Mdantsane and three schools in Duncan Village, Makinana Primary School, Ebenizer Majombozi High School, and Mzomhle Secondary School.