A DREAM COMES TRUE

THREE icons of South Africa's social, political and community development landscape were honoured at the Masibambane College in Orange Farm, Gauteng, this week.

THREE icons of South Africa's social, political and community development landscape were honoured at the Masibambane College in Orange Farm, Gauteng, this week.

The opening of Masibambane College's high school was dedicated to the memory, inspirational and motivational work and influence of A N C stalwart Walter Sisulu, late Sowetan editor-in-chief and the newspaper's nation-building pioneer Aggrey Klaaste and brave politician Helen Suzman.

Masibambane College is an Anglican Diocesan School initiated and supported by nation-building organisation Education Africa and independent education institution St John's College.

Suzman was a patron of Education Africa and Klaaste was its inaugural chairman. Sisulu was its legacy patron. Businesswoman and community builder Angie Makwetla is the current chairperson.

Education Africa's executive director James Urdang said the dream of Klaaste and Sisulu had been realised.

"The Masibambane College Primary School has been in existence since 1996. From humble beginnings, it has grown into a quality educational institution catering for about 670 pupils," Urdang said.

"Education Africa's involvement with Masibambane College goes back to 1996 when, with the help of the late Walter Sisulu, we identified the site for the school and set out to secure funding and project partners to help ensure its success.

"Our chairman at the time, Aggrey Klaaste, said the school would set out to become a beacon of hope for the people of the Orange Farm community. Our thanks to the Cedar Foundation of Canada for providing R14million for the construction of the school,"

lSowetan nation-building manager Victor Mecoamere is among Education Africa's trustees.

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