Today, 17 February 2017. The Mayor of Newcastle Cllr E.M Nkosi started off his day by visiting three schools in the area of Newcastle and Madadeni, with the objective of handing over school uniform to disadvantaged children.
The following schools were visited Ncandu Combined School, Phikelela Higher Primary and lastly Sekusile High School.
During the visit to the above mentioned schools Honourable Nkosi had the following sentiments to share.
“As a municipality our mandate is to provide basic services, but we strongly believe that it takes a village to raise a child.”
Speaking about Mayoral Bursaries the Cllr Nkosi, continued, “Previously school children were funded with R3000 towards university registration. Firstly the municipality could not monitor the programme and do follow up whether or not a child was registered into an institution of higher learning.
The second challenge was of accommodation, students where registered but could not afford accommodation as a result twelve (12) FULL bursaries in the field of Finances, Engineering were awarded.
Upon graduating the students are expected to return to the municipality in order to give back though their qualifications.
It’s important that children are confident when they come to school, this will ensure that they produce the best results possible and make Newcastle proud.“ concluded the Mayor.
Principal Philane Ntshangase of Sekusile High School had a few words to say.
“We have children who have many challenges in the school and Mayor Nkosi’s presence has certainly made a difference. We also acknowledge that he cares for the community. Our school is poor with infrastructure challenges and water problems. The school will certainly not be the same with the partnership with the Municipality. We appreciate the kind gesture by the municipality.”