William Shakespeare once said, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world”. Inspired by their collective desire to contribute to building a better world, officials from Bizzah Makhate Management Area, led by Area Commissioner Jacob Mbele, handed over school shoes and socks to 50 underprivileged learners at Phuleng Primary School on 06 May 2021. After receiving information about destitute learners in Maokeng, Kroonstad, who live below the poverty line and walk to school barefoot, the officials took the initiative to raise funds, with the aim to purchase and donate school shoes and socks to the affected learners. In the end, Ubuntu transcends race, culture, socioeconomic status, and is the glue that holds nations together.
During the handover ceremony, Area Commissioner Mbele expressed how DCS is committed to contribute positively and bring positive change in the communities. “As officials of the Department of Correctional Services, and patriotic citizens of this country, we felt compelled to lend a helping hand, to ensure quality education and training for these learners, for they are the future and the moulders of a better tomorrow we all envision. This ideal underpinned our resolve as DCS officials, and birthed this noble act of benevolence. It is our deepest belief that it shall bear positive fruits in the end, for these learners and their successors, both in the education sector and society in general,” said Mbele.
This gesture echoes the call for South Africans to help and support those in need, more so during this perilous times of the COVID-19 pandemic. While many other South Africans continue to contribute to the other charity organisations in different ways, Bizzah Makhate officials reached out to those in their community in a quest to make an immediate difference in keeping the learners warm, particularly now as we approach the winter season.
The Deputy Chief Education Specialist (Learner Support) in Fezile Dabi District, Poppy Kareli, commended the Bizzah Makhate Correctional Officials for this act of kindness. “The wonderful deeds performed by Correctional Services officials have deeply humbled us. Families are the foundation of society, and for society to thrive, we must unite as families. Today, the DCS and Department of Education families came together to improve the lives of these learners,” concluded Kareli.