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Public protector celebrates Mandela day at her old school


Public Protector Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane with learners of Mkhephuli Secondary School in a class she used to attend in about 20 years ago

Kwaggafontein C- On July 18, 2018 the Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane visited her former secondary school, Mkhephuli Secondary School, in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga where she matriculated in 1988 to do her 67 minutes for the 8th Mandela International Day.

Adv Mkhwbane learned of the school’s plight last year, 2017, when a news website reported that there is a lack of resources and infrastructural development at the facility which made life difficult for learners in terms of performance. It was then she rallied fellow alumni, other stakeholders and businesses with a view of turning the fortunes of learners positive.

The visit included installation of shelves in the staff room and the library, grass cutting, cleaning and gardening and the public protector also donated a laptop. “This is the legacy as we contribute 67 minutes of our time assisting others,” said adv Mkhwebane.

South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) joined hands with adv Mkhwebane. They gave pupils school bags and sanitary towels. SASSA make use of the opportunity to change the old cards and replaced them with new ones.  “We assist our social grants beneficiaries to better the method of payment and avoid illegal charges experienced by our community. We spend 67 minutes of our time helping the community, answering their questions, registering children for and changing grant cards,” said Senzeni Ngubeni, spokesperson of SASSA in Mpumalanga.

Teachers appreciated adv Mkhwebane’s effort.  “We are happy to see one of our former learner lead by example to make difference in our school and wish her success in her career,” said Ms Beauty Mnguni, teacher at Mkhephuli Secondary School.