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Transnet's Charity Fishing Days benefits Port Elizabeth learners

Apr 10, 2019
Transnet's Charity Fishing Days benefits Port Elizabeth learners

Port Elizabeth - Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Port Elizabeth symbolically killed two fish with one worm with its recent Back-to-School Fishing Days.

Not only did it give keen anglers of the city the opportunity to fish securely from the Charl Malan Quay, but disadvantaged learners also benefitted from it.

More than 200 anglers “paid” for their admission to the quayside with a stationery pack or sanitary towels to the value of R100 each. They could either exchange it for an entrance ticket at various tackle shops or bring the donation to the event to gain access to the quay.

Benefitting 300 Port Elizabeth learners

The result was that 300 packs were handed over to learners at a vibrant ceremony at Young Park Primary School recently. Marked with entertainment and dancing learners, a few speakers shared powerful messages.

“We are grateful for the enormous support received from the Bay’s angling community. As a responsible corporate citizen that cares and supports nation building our Corporate Social Investment initiatives are aimed at alleviating poverty and improving the quality of life in the Metro,” said Nelson Masophi, TNPA Port Security Officer at the handover event.

“The handing out of sanitary towels will bring dignity to young girls that would otherwise have missed school or felt uncomfortable due to a natural process after being born a girl,” said Jeremy Langeveld, Principal, Young Park Primary School.

The spirit of Ubuntu

“Today we are celebrating the spirit of sharing and caring, the spirit of giving and embracing, the spirit of knowing that a person is a person because of another person – Ubuntu!” said Queenie Pink, Councillor and Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) – Economic Development and Tourism.

“In this ‘small’ way we are contributing to the betterment of our nation’s education system. TNPA is building a future for captains of industries and Tourism is building future leaders and preservers of our heritage. We are handing out ‘weapons’ that will sharpen these young minds to claim their glorious position under the African sky.”

“Today we are replacing ignorance with knowledge, arrogance with humility, despair with eagerness, desperation with anticipation – bringing hope where there was none, light where there was darkness and unity where there was division,” she concluded.

Image: Sharing in the joy of the day are from the left, back Babalwa Makapela (Vice Chairperson, School Governing Body), Lulamile Moolman (Strategic Adviser, Office of the Deputy Executive Mayor), Nelson Masophi (Port Security Officer, TNPA), Cllr. Queenie Pink (MMC Economic Development and Tourism) and Jeremy Langeveld (Principal, Young Park Primary School). In front, from the left are learners from the school - Kwakhanya Kate (Gr 7), Kedibone Pienaar (Gr 6), Chulumanco Gobodo (Gr 5) and Inathi Masoka (Gr 4).

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