|Nkosinathi Mbuyazi, a 16-year-old learner from Dlilanga Secondary School in the Sipomolelo Village, Mtubatuba rural area, situated north of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, made a heartfelt plea for assistance to Konica Minolta South Africa last year, and the company listened.|
Nkosi explained in a letter to the Edu-Care Foundation, a CSI partner of Konica Minolta South Africa, that the learners of Dlilanga Secondary School had a deep sense of pride when it came to its award-winning choir and its teachers, but that it was also in desperate need of access to books and laptops for assignments and projects. At the time, the secondary school’s principal, Mr Mc Mbhele, would make his laptop available to learners on a Saturday morning, but one computer was not a long-term solution for the school’s +- 960 pupils.
Through the Edu-Care Foundation, Konica Minolta South Africa was able to provide the school with six laptops and software, books, paper and other stationery and this, according to Nkosi, helped the school to improve its matric pass rate to 95%, with 27 students earning university exemption!
“The students and teachers of Dlilanga Secondary School are a shining example of how dedication, pride and tenacity can help overcome difficult circumstances to achieve success,” says Laetitia Coetzer, special projects manager at Konica Minolta South Africa. “It truly was an honour to have been able to play a small role in making a big difference at this school.”