Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga expressed her gratitude to the Motsepe Foundation, following the donation of a lump sum of money which will help address inadequate school infrastructure.27 public schools received R300 000 each of the 27 public schools in Soweto.
In total, 283 schools across the country are expected to receive the same donation.
Motshekga noted that changing the fortune of South Africa requires a collective effort and encourages more business people to invest in the future of the country.
“We are acutely aware of the enormous backlogs in the provision of the necessary infrastructure to schools in disadvantaged communities. As the government, we are unable to meet all these growing educational needs, hence our partnership with the private sector, including the Motsepe Foundation, “said the Minister.
Deputy Principal of Sekano-Ntoane High School Pinky Maluleka said three projects have been earmarked to improve the school facilities. “We also need to upgrade our toilets because we lose a lot of money by constantly fixing one thing after the other,” she said.
The donation will also help the school strengthen its security. She added that because this is a no-fee school, which depends on government to keep the school running, whenever there are break-ins, the school relies on government for repairs and that sometimes takes time. “The thieves are targeting school nutrition products, so we need to secure our facilities and install security cameras,” explained Maluleka.
The school is one of the oldest in Soweto and has produced many political leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Motshekga. Sekano-Ntoane High School currently providing education to 1 300 learners and has 27 teachers and is one of the top achievers in its district.