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Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Alfred Madigele has applauded the Umbrella of Unity for its decision to adopt Letlhakeng Primary School.

Speaking at an event where the association made a number of commitments to the Letlhakeng community, Dr Madigele said the move came at the right time when the ministry was concerned by schools academic performances and looking for partners to help overturn the results. 

He therefore urged the Umbrella of Unity that the adoption of the school should not only be in words, but that the association should be in constant touch with the school management and get their needs so that they could be able to assist where possible.

Dr Madigele also urged parents not to neglect their children who were studying at tertiary institutions in urban areas, saying such neglect could create room for delinquent behaviour such as drugs and alcohol abuse as well as prostitution.

Former vice president, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe who also graced the event, said the commitments by the Umbrella of Unity indicated that it was in the right course that many should emulate.

Dr Kedikilwe said more often, good thoughts go to waste because the owners failed to put them into action, and said that it was reassuring that the Umbrella of Unity had managed to put many of their ideas into action.

“In order to eliminate abject poverty in society, all need to stand up. We are very pleased to see the association committing to empowering both the elderly and youthful members of the society to start small businesses. This is commendable as people empowerment is key in the fight against poverty,” he said.

Dr Kedikilwe however, cautioned against the tendency by some members of society to over rely on assistance, saying that people who received various assistance should have the desire to graduate from poverty rather than wishing to be assisted eternally.

He also advised against mismanagement and misappropriation of funds in community-led empowerment organisation, saying such has led to the collapse of many entities such as community cooperatives.

For his part, the founder of the Umbrella of Unity, Mr Anderson Mathibe said their association was formed in order to assist government where there is need.

He said since the association was launched in 2012, it has assisted in a number of activities in Letlhakeng.

Some of the commitment the association made on the day included issuing of food hampers to the elderly, handing a combi in association with Sparesmax which would be used to assist the underprivileged members of the society as well as assisting 10 hawkers in the village to start micro business.

Meanwhile still at the event, Mabaila Association founder, Mr Tshepang Mabaila made a commitment to sponsor Letlhakeng Primary School prize giving ceremony this year, as well as provide free spectacles to 10 elders in Letlhakeng. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Olekantse Sennamose

Location : LETLHAKENG

Event : Meeting

Date : Mar 07 Wed,2018

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