Mandela Day: Busi Shiba puts smile on Dlomodlomo learners

Mandela Day: Busi Shiba puts smile on Dlomodlomo learners
OUTREACH: Speaker of the Mpumalanga Legislature Busi Shiba used this year's Mandela day to give back to a school marred by increasing act of criminality and gangsterism. PICTURE BY @Mpuleg

She adopted the school in January 2020 and promised she would always be there for it in times of need.

Mpumalanga Legislature speaker Busi Shiba warned against gangsterism in Dlomodlomo Secondary School while putting a smile on needy learners’ faces, giving them school uniforms, hand sanitisers, masks and disinfectants as part of celebrating Mandela Day.

Dlomodlomo is located in the Mpumalanga village of Nhlazatje, east of Badplaas, and this is the secondary school that Shiba adopted in January 2020.

She asked that adopting a school should not only be about donating uniforms as learners face a lot of issues, like problems related to getting birth certificates and IDs.

She was accompanied by Chief Albert Luthuli municipal speaker Walter Mngomezulu, legislature secretary Linda Mwale and education circuit manager Johanah Mahlangu – with the ward councillor and and a few parents also coming.

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“We are here today to celebrate the life of Tata Madiba,” Shiba said while on podium at the school Monday 20 July 2020.

Mandela Day: Busi Shiba puts smile on Dlomodlomo learners
Busi Shiba

“One other thing that made me to come here today, is that during the legislature’s school re-opening programme I was deployed to come to this school and the report I received was that the school is engulfed by criminality caused by gangsterism,” she said.

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“I then adopted the school and committed to come back and see how we can assist the school,” Shiba said.

She added that she was glad with the progress report “that indicates that since my last visit the acts of criminality have decreased”.

“But we will not sit back and fold our arms. We will continue to assist,” she said.

Circuit manager Johanah Mahlangu said they appreciated the help coming from Shiba and have been seeing “a positive change in the behaviour of learners”.

Mahlangu revealed that the Badplaas circuit has 4 teachers who tested positive for Covid-19 and 2 schools have since been closed. 

(edited by MLM)

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