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Parents urged to help Motlanthe's old school

By Patience Bambalele | Dec 20, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 10 ]

A businessman and Meadowlands resident has called on communities to get involved in township schools.

Jan Ramatlhare who attended Totomeng Primary School in the Soweto township, where Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe attended, believes many schools are run down because people do not put emphasis on education.

He said former pupils, educators and community members are to blame for the condition of the school.

A previous Sowetan article highlighted Totomeng's deteriorated state.

"As the community of Zone 8, educators and former learners, we need to work together in making sure that the school is in a good condition," Ramatlhare said. "The problem with township schools in general is that parents do not get involved in the fund-raising initiatives. Many schools are in a state of decay and need our intervention to turn them around."

Ramatlhare, who has worked in the banking sector for 18 years, has challenged former Totomeng pupils and business people to heed his call.

He estimates the school needs R2-million for renovations, which include new toilets, air conditioners, chairs and carpets.


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my old school needs help too make it a whole lot of old schools need help too don't be picky

Dec 20, 2012 8:9 | 0 replies

Please Sowetan, i would like to hear about the state of the school(primary or secondary) where Showerhead attended if he ever did.

Dec 20, 2012 1:23 | 0 replies

im in a bad mood

Dec 20, 2012 11:11 | 0 replies

it not right for the community to fix the schools and these anc thugs under spend budgtes

Dec 20, 2012 10:25 | 0 replies

Do renovations ourselves allowing Shower to renovate his houses in Nkandla with our tax? thats bullsh**t

Dec 20, 2012 9:33 | 0 replies

"....renovations, which include new toilets, air conditioners, chairs and carpets."

Airconditioners and carpets? What kind of posh school is that?

Buy a dog so you can stand at the gate and bark by yourself. Why do we pay taxes or employ people to sort out the education system when we have to do it ourselves anyhow?

Dec 20, 2012 9:9 | 0 replies


my old school also need help....

Dec 20, 2012 8:20 | 0 replies

Remember Landbank Papage. Let's leave it there. So many of Majali in Iraq spooks on oil and hellehuva. Corruption makes ANC famous. From youth leaque to veterans leaque.

Dec 20, 2012 8:18 | 0 replies

Don't worry, Motlhanthe will have able time to focus on helping the needy now, watch the space, he is going to work for the communities, his political carreer is finished, he will never work under corrupt people anymore, I feel pity for the Marikana miners, they will be fired soon, watch the space.

Dec 20, 2012 8:10 | 0 replies

Ha mara VR6 angithi uyazi that our beloved president ebe vela eklasini between ukwelusa.

Mothlanthe can take some of his pension fund and contribute to his former school. The reason most private schools have state of the art facilities is that besides the high fees, they also have corporate bigwigs funding them, so its time we also did the same for our local schools. But I fear that our government will then completely abdicate their responsibilities.

Dec 20, 2012 2:57 | 0 replies