Giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity

The Rep - - NEWS - BHONGO JA­COB

EN­TREPRENEURS and Silulo Ulutho Tech­nolo­gies own­ers Lu­vuyo and Lon­wabo Rani have opened their hearts – and wal­lets – giv­ing 18 bur­saries worth R75000 to pupils from Nk­wanca High School and KwaKo­mani Com­pre­hen­sive High School.

The bur­saries will be ad­min­is­tered through the Ko­mani Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (KDF), which was re­cently founded by the duo.

Speaking to pupils at KwaKo­mani on Tues­day morn­ing, Lon­wabo re­lated his days as a stu­dent at KwaKo­mani.

“This school has blessed me. It can take some­one with­out a dream to places that they never thought they would visit,” he said.

“It does not mat­ter where you come from or what you are go­ing through now, your fu­ture is in your hands and you can change it. Re­spect your teach­ers be­cause they are the ones who help you to be­come some­thing great in life. Take your ed­u­ca­tion se­ri­ously so that you can be able to stand up for your­self one day.”

He said their fa­ther died in 1997 when they were pupils. He had been the only bread­win­ner.

“It was hard to come to school with torn shoes and pants. Dur­ing break time we would go home to eat umphokoqo (crumbly mealie meal) with wa­ter as we could not af­ford to buy at the tuck shop, but that did not stop us from achiev­ing.

“To­day we travel the world and we are able to lift the Ko­mani flag high. Our dream now is to make sure we ed­u­cate peo­ple who will be an as­set to our coun­try and their com­mu­ni­ties.”

For­mer school teacher Rani, who started Silulo Tech­nolo­gies from the back of his car in Cape Town, said they had part­nered with five other for­mer pupils to start KDF. “Seven of us sat to­gether, of whom six are for­mer pupils of KwaKo­mani. We re­alised that it has been more than 20 years since we passed matric and some of us have been suc­cess­ful in our ca­reers so we wanted to come up with a way to help with devel­op­ment in Ko­mani.

“We iden­ti­fied three things: ed­u­ca­tion, en­trepreneur­ship and lead­er­ship. This is about shar­ing our jour­ney and pro­vid­ing bur­saries, and we also want to in­spire other Queen­sto­ni­ans to come back and ‘adopt’ a child as a men­tor.”

KwaKo­mani prin­ci­pal Vic­tor Pakade said: “We are very ex­cited with this le­gacy that these young gen­tle­men are start­ing by plough­ing back into the com­mu­nity. We are go­ing to cel­e­brate 30 years of ex­is­tence as a school, so this is the per­fect pe­riod lead­ing into that.”

Pic­ture: BHONGO JA­COB

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: Busi­ness­men and Silulo Ulutho Tech­nolo­gies own­ers, from left, Lu­vuyo Rani and his brother Lon­wabo, sur­rounded by KwaKo­mani Com­pre­hen­sive High School pupils on Tues­day

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