The Sunday Independent - - METRO - KWANDOKUHLE NJOLI |

PINKY Mchunu was the hero Mzomusha Pri­mary School pupils had been wait­ing for.

They were so im­pressed by her that they nom­i­nated Mchunu for an award, which she won last week.

The 53-year-old Grade 6 teacher at the Inanda school was cho­sen from 33 835 nom­i­na­tions coun­try­wide in the Wool­worths Ed­u­ca­tional Pro­grammes and MySchool com­pe­ti­tion.

“I am hum­bled by the award”, said Mchunu, 53.

It was a let­ter writ­ten by her pupil, Asim­bonge Ndlovu, that gave Mchunu the edge.

The 12-year-old girl wrote: “Thank you for not only be­ing a teacher, but a mother and provider to many of us. When you saw me without shoes and clothes, you made sure I did not feel the shame that came with poverty, you pro­vided even though you did not have to.”

Ndlovu said Mchunu was a role model and played the part of a mother, en­sur­ing that she came out top of her class de­spite her im­pov­er­ished back­ground. That was why she con­sid­ered Mchunu a hero.

Ndlovu won a R5 000 Wool­worths voucher for her sub­mis­sion and Mchunu won R25 000 and a R30 000 voucher.

Mchunu, who was still sur­prised that she won the award, said: “I grew up in a house­hold where it was im­por­tant to give back.”

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