Man­dela Day help

Of­fend­ers give school a facelift

Go! & Express - - FRONT PAGE - DESMOND COETZEE

BULEMBU Pri­mary School, sit­u­ated on the out­skirts of King Wil­liam’s Town, ben­e­fited im­mensely from the 67 min­utes for Man­dela Day by get­ting a facelift last Wed­nes­day.

De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices (DCS) staff, pro­ba­tion­ers and of­fend­ers equipped with gar­den tools, brooms and paint brushes, rolled up their sleeves to help up­grade the school, which caters for 220 pupils from grade R to 7.

They cut the grass, painted the roof and walls, cleaned win­dows and mopped the floors, to the ex­cite­ment of staff, pupils, and mem­bers of the gov­ern­ing body.

King Wil­liam’s Town act­ing head of Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions, Sergeant Tom said the school was adopted by the DCS at the be­gin­ning of the year. “The school was adopted by KWT Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions dur­ing the back-to-school cam­paign and ever since then, we have been clean­ing the school and have do­nated a school uni­form to one of the top achiev­ers,” Tom said, who added that if their work was not com­pleted on the day, they would re­turn to fin­ish it.

Amath­ole Man­age­ment Area com­mu­ni­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor Sivuy­isiwe Matanga told the Go & Ex­press that 15 DCS of­fi­cials, 12 pro­ba­tion­ers and 12 of­fend­ers par­tic­i­pated in the project.

“Projects like these as­sist the de­part­ment to rein­te­grate of­fend­ers back into so­ci­ety.

“It is a way they show re­morse for what they have done,” Matanga said.

School head Xolisani Mgolom­bane said: “I am over-the-moon and feel truly hon­oured by the Ubuntu shown by the de­part­ment, it is deeply ap­pre­ci­ated by the school and all the com­mu­ni­ties it serves.” Elated SGB chair­per­son Nandipha Nd­lazul­wana said: “Our beloved school will be new again and this day will al­ways be re­mem­bered and treasurer not only by us but all these kids of the school ... ”

Pic­ture: DESMOND COETZEE

HARD AT WORK: DCS staff, pro­ba­tion­ers and of­fend­ers gave Bulembu Pri­mary School a fresh look as part of their 67 min­utes for Man­dela Day last Wed­nes­day

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