Despite rising unemployment and various socio-economic challenges, education remains a fundamental part of the progression of any society.
However, thousands of less fortunate children around KwaZulu-Natal are still without basic school necessities, including uniforms.
As part of ongoing efforts to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged families, Tongaat Hulett recently sponsored school uniforms for 50 boys and girls at Hopewell Primary and Mount Pleasant Primary Schools in the KZN Midlands.
The pupils could barely contain their excitement when they received the new uniforms, while parents were overjoyed to see the happiness on the faces of their children.
Nkonzo Mhlongo, Tongaat Hulett Socio-economic development manager, said the company remained committed to assisting the most vulnerable members of the communities.
Investing in young people
“Tongaat Hulett prioritises promoting an improved quality of life for communities, especially the children, youth and other vulnerable members within the targeted communities.
“We will continue investing in young people,” she said.
Dan Moodley, Principal of Mount Pleasant Primary School, was most grateful for the sponsorship as the parents of many of the learners are unemployed.
“At least 90% of learners at my school come from homes where there is no stable income. It is a rural school and we are always grateful for any help that we can get.
“Everyone is filled with so much gratitude,” he said.
Busokwakhe Mshengu, Principal of Hopewell Primary School, said the pupils wore their uniforms with pride.
“The majority of our learners come from impoverished backgrounds. We are thankful for this sponsorship as we know how much this means to the learners.”