WOMAN GIVES KIDS PRIDE BACK
It was a joyous celebration at the Nteekgopu primary school yesterday when a local businessman changed the lives of 25 orphaned or neglected kids for the better.
Teachers and pupils jumped and danced with joy when Martha Mashaba of Moseki catering and function hire opened her heart and wallet by adopting the 25 children from the school.
Some of the children were sexually abused and removed from their homes, while others lost their parents through death.
Mashaba met their school fees obligations, bought uniforms, provided books and other support materials.
"When the father of my kids jilted me, I thought it was the end of the world," said one the single mothers.
"I thought my children would never go to school again because I had no money for school fees and uniform."
But all that became history when Mashaba delivered uniforms and books for the children yesterday.
This is the kind of a community builder who should be celebrated because she has the interests of the community at heart, especially the less fortunate's," said Mankwana Rapetsoa, another single mother.
Speaking to Sowetan, Mashaba, who lives near the school in Unit A in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo, said: "The type of uniform that the children wear, the food that they eat and the condition in which they live have more often than not had a bearing on their performance.
"As I was sitting in the verandah of my house one morning in 2004, I was touched by the sight of the uniforms of some of the children.
"I observed the pace at which they spoke and walked and realised that some of them had family problems or carried other unpleasant experiences," she said.
"I believe it is the responsibility of every businessman to plough back into the community they live in because without that community they wouldn't be what they are today."