Mthatha friends assist needy learners with shoes


About two months ago, Ubuntu Warriors gathered in a bid to help provide shoes to school kids, who have to walk long distances to get to school in communities around Mthatha.

The group of four former Mthatha High School friends; Esethu Ndzamela, Siphesihle Ndamase, Mtha Gaulekapa and Laerce Heslop, have since launched an initiative called ‘Shoes to School’.

According to Heslop, the idea came about early this year when the group came together during their varsity break and Gaulela was telling them how his mother would walk to school without shoes.

“We figured it would be a great thing to start because there are still kids who walk barefoot or with worn-out shoes.

“As the youth of today it’s our responsibility to bridge the gap with the little we have, in whatever way we can,” he told the Dispatch.

It was then that Ubuntu Warriors put money down from their own pockets and sent out letters to local businesses, organisations and churches to help them reach their target of handing 250 shoes to the needy pupils in some of Mthatha’s schools.

The friends were able to donate 24 pairs within a few weeks to needy pupils at Bantwana Junior Secondary School in Mqanduli, with the help of parents at Transkei Primary, who donated a total of 15 pairs and a car-wash fundraiser they had arranged.

Ubuntu Warriors’ goal now is to collect as much as possible for the new school year.