Shoes for Madiba

LEPHALALE — Staff of Eskom Matimba Power Station visited four schools in the Palala North Circuit on Mandela Day on Tuesday 25 July.
The four schools; Tshelammake Primary (Tshelammake), Mmera Primary (Shongoane 2), Lerekhureng (Steenbokpan) and Nelsonskop Primary (Marapong) had a total of 167 school shoes donated to them.
The initial idea was to donate 99 pairs of school shoes to three identified schools in the villages before Nelsonskop was added as the fourth beneficiary. The reason for 99 shoes is because Nelson Mandela would have turned 99 this year.
Matimba Power Station Manager, Rhulani Mathebula, who was at Nelsonskop, told Mogol Post that ‘Matimbians’, referring to Matimba employees lived by the motto: “Exceed expectations and go for great”.
So, Mathebula and his managers took it upon themselves and using their own money, bought pairs of shoes and visited the schools to donate them.
“As we celebrate Mandela’s legacy this month, Matimba employees chose this day to donate to the schools. We tried to cover the whole of Lephalale but we couldn’t reach all the schools. Our belief is that the industry we work in was handed over to us because when we were young and at school, construction of Matimba was underway. The people who constructed it have now paved the way for us to continue. We will also hand it over to you and leave,” said Mathebula.
He also emphasised that children should be encouraged to love school and not feel like going to school is a burden.
Learners who were given shoes were encouraged to also assist other learners who will be in their situation when they are successful, to make a diff erence in their community.
Deputy Manager in Governance, Palala North Circuit, Malose Mokobane, thanked Matimba Power Station team for what he called ‘a wonderful gesture,’ as what they did for the children is very humbling.

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