UKZN alumnus, Mr Scelo Manyoni recently donated full uniforms to Nkulisabantu Primary School, Maqadini Primary School, and his alma mater Isibonelo High School – all in KwaMashu.
‘I started my company STAVI Enterprises with the aim of giving back to my community but struggled to find the best way of doing it. An opportunity then presented itself: a good friend of mine who is a teacher at one of the schools posted about a learner being bullied because she didn’t have school shoes. We offered to assist,’ said Manyoni.
He strongly believes in Ubuntu and considers it a blessing to now be in a position to assist people and communities in need.
The learners, together with their parents, collected the full school uniforms, expressing gratitude to Manyoni and his team and for being role models to their children.
Guest speakers at the event were Mr Mdu Nyathikazi from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) who spoke about the agency’s services and various grants, particularly Top-up, a new grant which benefits children on the Child Support Grant. Ms Raylene Meth from the Department of Social Work also addressed parents and learners on services offered by their department.
‘By donating these school uniforms, we hope it lessens the burden on parents for next year. STAVI Enterprises will continue to support communities in need whenever we can,’ said Manyoni.
Isibonelo High School teacher, Ms Bongiwe Mwale said what had been done for the needy children at her school was commendable. ‘Scelo and his team are building a nation, these are future fighters of this country. We are grateful for what they have done,’ she said.
Parent, Ms Thato Dube added: ‘This young man who has done this lives with us in the community and we thank him for not forgetting his community.’