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By Victor Hlungwani | 2012-04-12 07:48:57.0 | COMMENTS [ 26 ]

Kids raise money for orphans' new house

TWO years ago the pupils of Khanyisa Combined School in Giyani took to the streets selling sweets and chips.

Their mission was to raise money to build a decent home for five orphans living in a ramshackle structure they called home.

Yesterday, the Manganyi siblings - Ananias, 20, Khensani, 19, Chris, 15, Xitshembiso, 12, and Mikateko, 9 - of Ngove village, were handed the keys to a new five-roomed home.

One of the pupils, Kuhlula Mabeza, thanked their teacher Makhanani Bilankulu for her sterling effort in encouraging pupils to help the poor.

A jubilant Ananias Manganye said the new home was God's miracle. "I would like to thank all who decided to help us," he said.

Gijas Home Improvement Centre's Meshack Makhubele said he was inspired by the pupils' commitment. "I invited other members of the business community like Build It to come and help."

Since losing their parents, the siblings have survived by going to the local Drop Centre to get food and on handouts from locals.

When they learnt of the orphans' plight in 2010, the Khanyisa Combined School's "Angels of Mercy" started raising funds.

After Sowetan published the story last year, Gijas Home Improvement Centre, the Mabunda Royal Council and Build It came on board to finish the house.


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:) Now doesn't that just bring a proud lump to your throat :)

We sometimes forget just how spectacular the SA people are.

2012-04-12 08:00:30.0 | 0 replies

Sowetan what did YOU do to help .............. Nothing just writing on stories for profits at the end.

2012-04-12 14:04:40.0 | 0 replies


Where was the Hero the poor. The perfectionist Zuma.

good question , the responce the kids are from Limp where Malema and Mathale is based , the question is, where is Malema the freedom fighter, where is the money in the province

2012-04-12 14:12:06.0 | 0 replies

I fail really to understand what is Malema and Mathale doing in that province cause when I see the pic below there are so many of these hurts at the back, God please help here with this Mathale person

2012-04-12 14:26:52.0 | 0 replies

Wow! Finally Sowetan is able to Publish real positive courageous Stories of Hope amongst communities of SA. Wow! Finally we can hear about positive things happening in SA. Wow!

Sawetan, can you please tell us more about other positive real live stories of this nature daily please. Pllease!

These kids are so amazing and I hope they grow-up with same level of energy to inspirer their fellow country children.

2012-04-12 14:27:28.0 | 0 replies

anada boring story, I wanna work 4 Sowetan or sawetan as himself puts it

2012-04-12 14:31:13.0 | 0 replies

@Ruudboy - Come on now. What is boring about this story. This is mind and heart provoking to get people off their butts and start working and change lives of others.

2012-04-12 14:55:21.0 | 0 replies

Oryt Shredder

2012-04-12 15:30:14.0 | 0 replies

hami hoyozela vana vaka hina! the entire Giyani Community is Proud of you.

but SOWETAN; this is OLD NEWS! GEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2012-04-12 15:40:14.0 | 0 replies

TKay: Dancing at parties.
And some call themselves freedom fighters!!!!!
And some call themselves champions of the poor!!!!!!!

2012-04-12 15:42:39.0 | 0 replies

thank you to the school children and their teacher, its amaizin and suprising that young children they can do something good like this while the so called (vote for me you`ll get a better life) staying in their big million houses. nxa

2012-04-12 16:18:42.0 | 0 replies