Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Phumlani Muthwa, a Grade 10 pupil at Lihlithemba Secondary School, is one of many children from child-headed homes in Ndwedwe near Durban.
School holidays for him do not mean a break and sleeping until late. For him it is a time to go job hunting so that he can provide food for his two sisters.
Muthwa wants to ensure that they all have a memorable Christmas dinner. Their mother died in 2005 after a long illness. Their father abandoned the family when Muthwa was only ten years old.
Muthwa's plight prompted his principal to write to Zola Skweyiya, Minister of Social Development to come to the children's rescue. Skweyiya duly visited the school yesterday.
"We don't have any source of income. We survive on the R200 social grant that my sister receives for her baby. We sometimes go to bed hungry.
"We did not know that the government provides help to orphaned children."
Muthwa said the minister's visit had changed their lives.
Principal Nana Gcabashe said she wrote to Skweyiya asking him to help the orphans in the area with food and clothes.
Yesterday Skweyiya handed food parcels to some 150 child-headed homes in the area.
Skweyiya also provided the pupils with new uniforms and urged the orphaned children to apply for foster care grants.