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TEARS of joy fell at Ngqengelele High School in KwaCeza, outside Ulundi, when Good Samaritans came with school uniforms and food parcels for 17-year-old matric pupil Sandiso Buthelezi, whose plight was reported in Sowetan this week.
Sandiso's mother died in 2002 and his grandmother and father died this year. He had to beg for food from his unemployed aunt and neighbours or go to bed hungry.
But even when he failed to find food he would get up bright and early to head to school, where he has excelled in maths, biology, physical science and geography.
Despite the hardships, he has never missed a class.
Sowetan was inundated with calls from sympathetic businesspeople and companies that offered to help.
"I have been crying a lot at night when most of my schoolmates were probably sleeping because I was wondering what the future had in store for me," Sandiso said after being presented with uniforms and food yesterday.
"But today I am crying tears of joy because God has touched the hearts of these people."
Oscar Mvemve, whose Sizanani Trust helped Sandiso, said they were touched by his story. Mvemve said Sizanani was established by Sasol's Howick staff who contribute apercent of their salaries to help needy children.
Sandiso will also get help with his tertiary education from Sasol's Mentor-a-child, a social responsibility initiative The group will pay his school fees and has opened a bank account for his future needs.
Sandiso's aunt, Dumazile Buthelezi, could not hold back her tears.
"Even if I could die, I will die happy because I know that he has a bright future," she said.
Teacher Phindile Khwela was happy for Sandiso.