67 minutes for Madiba – Midlands schools

Children in the KZN Midlands are asking for your “hands!”

“Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.”

By devoting 67 minutes of your time – one minute for every year of former president Nelson Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.

The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”

Culture of peace

The UN officially declared July 18 – Mandela’s birthday – as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising the struggle icon’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.

Here in the KZN Midlands there are eight under-resourced schools in particular that would love to partner with you and ask to be the beneficiaries of your active citizenship.

Pictures of renovations undertaken at Asithutuke Combined School in between Balgowan and Nottingham Road. The first image shows a dilapidated classroom, the second a classroom post repair work. The renovations were made possible by Michaelhouse Community Partnership in collaboration with an Asithuthuke Workgroup. A team from H Budhu Contractors carried out the work.

The schools are situated between Lions River and Mooi River. They form the first Midlands circle of Partners for Possibility (PfP) for 2019.This means each principal has raised his/her hand to participate in this one-year leadership development programme that involves a formal training component, but also working with local business leaders to improve their leadership skills and truly partnering with the community to put the child in the centre of all their decisions.

67 Minutes

They have developed sustainable partnership plans and would love the possibility of you, your organisation and or your school to choose them as your “67 minute” Madiba day school of choice.

Which school might be closest to your heart or home?

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Lions River Primary
Contact the principal: Mrs Slondile Mhlongo
Cell: 072-858-7858; e-mail: slowmhlongo@gmail.com
Projects include: Electrical connectivity between the three buildings (containers); paint work; helping to furbish a new classroom (Wendy House); enclosing an open assembly area.

Notties (Nottingham Road) Primary
Contact the principal: Mrs Zelda Schonken
Cell: (033) 2666-731; e-mail: nottinghamroadprimary.co.za
Projects include: Man (or women) power with a bakkie to clear and remove a wood pile/garden refuse to establish a Grade R play area; any jungle gym or playground equipment suitable for young children (Grade R).

Bruntville Primary in Mooi River
Please contact the principal or PfP business leader: Mr Protus Sokhela / Mrs Kim McNally
Cell: 082-749-7639 / 076-527-6355; e-mail: thasok@lantic.net
“We have many exciting projects that could do with your help. We would love to join five other PfP schools that had a reading crew deployed thanks to local volunteers. We need people to commit to an hour of reading with our foundation phase (Grade 1-3) children.” Please contact Mrs Kate Baynes on 082-77401394 / millfordfarm@yebo.co.za

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Asithutuke Combined School in Senzani village (Balgowan)
Contact the principal or PfP business leader: Mr Jabulani Mchunu / Mr Steuart Pennington
Cell: 072-195-3890; e-mail: jsmchunu41@gmail.com / steuart@sagoodnews.co.za
Projects include: Desks that need replacing/repair; various building components for a renovation towards functionality; fencing needs.

Crystal Springs in Lidgetton
Contact the principal Mrs Thembi Ngubane
• Cell: 082-391-2816; e-mail: ngubanetd@gmail.com
Projects include: Possibly a piano/ keyboard / musical instruments as they have an amazing choir! Many more… please engage with Mrs Ngubane.

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Jabula Combined School in Lidgetton
Contact the PfP business leader, Mrs Kate Baynes
Cell: 082-77401394; e-mail: millfordfarm@yebo.co.za

Shea O’ Connor Combined school – between Nottingham Road and Rosetta
Contact the principal or PfP business leader: Mr Nic Nxumalo or Mrs Missy Hughes
Cell: 073 844 4558; e-mail: velinxu@yahoo.com / missyh@iafrica.com

Esiphetwini Sendiza (Hlanganani) off N3 (Exit 132 Nottingham Road)
Contact the principal or PfP business leader: Mrs Thuli Zuma or Mrs Anne Mullins
Cell: 082 057 0083 / 082 773 9928; e-mail: thuli6321@gmail.com / lakeview@futurenet.co.za

Partners for Possibility website
Twitter: @PfP4SA

Main picture, top: Photo by Aaron Burden/Unsplash