Leonard Hlathi donates 420 brand new shoes

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Leonard Hlathi donates 420 brand new shoes
GIVING BACK: Former police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi together with a corporate sponsor has made it possible for over 400 kids in Bushbuckridge to go to school with a good pair of shoes. PICTURE BY Lowvelder

Close to 90% of the learners at the school received the shoes.


Former police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi has given to Bushbuckridge pupils 420 pairs of brand new shoes.

Hlathi said this is a way of giving back to Phaphama Primary School – the school he attended many decades ago in Mkhuhlu.

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The shoes are a sponsorship that Hlathi requested from insurance company Liberty Life a year ago.

420 pairs of shoes were donated by the former cop spindoctor. PIC Supplied

The department of education’s Jasper Zwane said Phaphama has a total of 472 learners and 420 of them got the shoes.

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Liberty Life said they have a corporate social investment program that they use to plough back to communities.

“Liberty Life cares about educational upliftment. Supporting education is key for Liberty Life as education drives developmental initiatives in society,” Mpumalanga manager Bheki Jiyane said.

Bonakele Majuba, MEC of education, said they hoped the assistance will encourage the learners to do well in their work and be responsible future citizens. 

“We are appreciative of this public-private partnership as it uplifts the education and development agenda in our communities,” said Majuba.

(edited by ZK)

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