KWAITO star Thokozani Zulu, aka T'zozo, is now paying for the education of some orphaned children in his home village of uMgababa, south of Durban.
Yesterday T'zozo and Tati Mchunu, co-owner of TZZ Production, donated R10000 towards the education of orphans in the area.
At an event held at Amagcino Primary School, T'zozo said investing in the orphans' education was an idea that came to him after the uMgababa Beach New Year Festival where he performed.
"The entrance was free but we thought it would make sense for us to take the money collected from the parking takings and donate it to the poor.
"We are aware that there are many orphans in the area, hence the gesture.
"Children lost their parents during the intense violence between the IFP and ANC in the 1980s.
"And now it's our responsibility to ensure that these children have good education, using the principles of ubuntu," he said.
T'zozo says he feels sad when children go to school without proper uniform.
"I know their pain because my parents also died during violence in the area. I was raised by my grandmother, who recently died," T'zozo said.
He said they've planned to change the negative perception about their area and ensured that all children attended school.
"Teachers know the challenges facing the orphaned pupils, so the money will be used according to their needs," he said.
T'zozo called on fellow musicians to take education seriously.
"It's important for us as artistes to look back where we come from. Giving back to our community is important because they made us who we are today."