On Thursday 21st July 2016, a Mandela Day event was held at the Hananani Primary School located in the Manyeleti Circuit of Bohlabela Education District in Mpumalanga.
This was a very positive event which was well organised thanks to the Hananani Primary School Principal, Concilia Zimande and her Management Team , as well as Richard Wedderburn- Clarke who supports the school as a Management Change Agent.
The focus of the event was for a representative team from Woolworths Stores in Nelspruit and Bushbuckridge to handover a pair of shoes, socks and a bag to each pupil in the school. These items were donated by individual Woolworths staff members as part of a National programme by Woolworths to celebrate Mandela Day.
The event was attended by the SGB representatives, parents, Education Department officials, a local member of parliament, the Induna from the Local Traditional Leadership, a representative of the Community development forum, Principals from 2 local schools (Mahlale High & Xinyeketi Primary), the manager of the Bushbuckridge Woolworths store along with other Woolworths staff members, and representatives of NECT Project Team which is currently working with schools as part of a District Improvement Programme. (This team is managed by Rob Wilson of PSA).
On arrival at the school the Woolworths Team was given a tour of the school before the event started which included speeches, a song by the school choir and a motivating thankyou speech by a Grade 5 pupil. A symbolic handover of the shoes, socks and bags was made as part of the formal proceedings. After the ceremony was concluded the parents were able to meet with the various class teachers and the Woolworths Team prepared to handover the items to the pupils in their classrooms.
In his speech the Circuit Manager of the Manyeleti Circuit commended Woolworths for the initiative and indicated that the day would be a lifelong memory for the children. He emphasised that Nelson Mandela would definitely be smiling, and that this was such a positive way to celebrate his legacy. He also thanks the NECT for the positive impact that the programme was having on his schools, with special mention of the systems that had been introduced.