On 26 June, AmaTuks' Grant Kekana and Captain Tebogo Monyai travelled to PanKop in Mpumalanga to attend a benefit concert to help raise funds for new toilets at Phopolo primary school.
The players were accompanied by Marketing officer Karabo Molokoane, Media officer Pearl Mosoane, U19 Coach Steve Matlou, Boitumelo Lekalakala and Intern Amit Bhoola.
AmaTuks together with members of the Ditsala Childrens Projects Foundation started the day at the school where they were given a warm welcome by the school's drum majorettes.
The guests given a tour of the school where they were shown the facilities that needed much attention.
Firstly, the guests were shown a makeshift Grade R classroom. The room is 3M X 3M and accommodates about 25 children. The children were moved from 2 other classrooms that had over 50 children each. The room was used as a staff room in the past.
Teachers have moved from their staff room to a tin house. The 2 roomed tin house is used to accommodate 7 teachers. The house adapts to the weather and get boiling hot in the Summer and freezing in Winter. These conditions are uninspiring for teachers wishing to impart knowledge to young learners.
Then were the hazardous toilets, which teachers are afraid the grade R pupils can injure themselves. The ablution facilities are built adjacent to an abandoned football field with rust covered goal posts.There a total of 12 toilets to cater for over 400 children at the school. The facilities are close to if not an infringement of basic human rights to safety and dignity. Following reports of a child falling into a toilet at a Limpopo school, this is the primary concern at the school.
We were than taken to the Manjeke Special school hall where the benefit would be held. We were given an escort to the venue as the children lined up on both sides of the road. At the entrance a fee of R20 per person was needed which will also contribute to the fundraising. From the start, the MC created a buzzing atmosphere calling educators to come “jive” on stage. After that, Pastor Shimmy who was shining in his lime green suit preached to the audience and said a humble prayer to kick-off the event. The next item saw Phopolo primary school choir perform a song that had the audience dancing along. London passion and Surprise who are true supporters of AmaTuks had the crowd jumping to their hit song as they sang and danced.
Tshwane Gospel choir made an appearance and had the audiences dancing and singing long. The Phopolo primary school learners performed modern and traditional dances and had the audiences cheering them on. Then the audiences went mad when the country’s top entertainers performed for them, everyone was on the floor dancing and singing along. An AmaTuks jersey which was signed by the coaches and players was auctioned off. The bidding started with Captain Tebogo Monyai bidding the reserve price of R200. eventually R710 was raised from the shirt.
The target of R30 000 was set and this amount was reached thanks to everyone that helped in contributing to this foundation. The money raised at the event and from the pledges is a small step in a long journey to redressing the appalling conditions at the school. AmaTuks urges all it’s supporters to help make a difference by pledging services or funds to this cause. For more information you may contact the club at 012 420 6001/6924 and firstname.lastname@example.org