A symbolic handover - Advocate Chris Setlhako, Chairperson of EWC College Council handing over learner’s packages
Ekurhuleni (Tembisa), 24 June 2021
Poverty is a global challenge and is mainly caused by lack of education, skills, and unemployment. South Africa
is not to be counted out of this situation, as the country is also overwhelmed by the challenge of grappling
with great inequalities which contribute to extreme poverty. There can be no doubt that the effect of poverty can
follow a child into adulthood, if not eradicated, and it can be unequivocally said that poverty, resulting in the
lack of necessities required by learners, affects their academic achievements.
Ekurhuleni West TVET College, in a quest to assist in eradicating these challenges, donated learners’ packages to
Winnie Mandela High School, a Quintile 1 school in Tembisa. The college donated 500 school bags, 500 pencil cases,
and 500 rulers to the most needy learners. 130 Pairs of shoes and 85 blankets were also donated to learners who do
not have parents. The school was also given 2400 masks, which will be given to all the learners to help in the fight
The donation made to the school was aimed at dispelling inequalities at school, where some learners
come to school wearing worn shoes and uniforms, and carrying their books in inappropriate bags, or plastic bags.
"Social protection remains important in reducing extreme poverty, given the challenges that the country is facing,"
said, Ekurhuleni West TVET College Acting-Principal, Peter Mudau. He furthermore said that if we South Africans
can all live by the principle of vhuthu, Botho, Vumunu, Ubuntu, we would be able to beat poverty and social ills, and
we would be able to dispel the inequalities in our communities.
Advocate Chris Setlhako, Chairperson of EWC College Council, commended EWC for an initiative that not only
touched the lives of the people, but also helped in the prevention and spread of COVID–19. "This initiative shows
that the college does not only look at its own interests, but at the interests of the community it is serving as
Ms Nonceba Ntuta, Director for GDE – Ekurhuleni North District, extended gratitude to the college on behalf of
the Gauteng Department of Education, as she welcomed the donation given to the school.
Kgodisho Mokgapa, a learner representative from the school, encouraged the college to continue lending a helping
hand to the needy.
The event was also attended by the Department of Higher Education and Training Regional Manager, Ms Hellen
Mr Peter Mudau, Acting Principal of EWC, handing over learner’s packages to
(Left to Right) Back row: Advocate Chris Setlhako, Mr Peter Mudau.
Front row: Thuli Manana, Bokang Phakula and Ms