Heavenly songs boost school coffers

Gospel singer Sinzao Phala in high spirits.

Several local gospel artists gathered at Nyameko Primary School, in Mfuleni, on Saturday May 13, to raise funds for the school.

Tabisa Phala, Sinazo Phala, Xola Ncithani, Zolisa Mgweyi, Qaqamba Tsika and many others shared the podium to boost the school’s coffers.

The show got off to a great start, with the school’s musical group, Nyameko Spiritual Group, thrilling the audience with soothing songs. Scores of parents and pupils put aside their commitments to be part of the day-long gathering.

The proceeds of the event will be used to fund school projects.

Deputy principal Nomsa Mzola said the school and its school governing body had decided to host the event because, with Nyameko Primary being a no-fee school, it was difficult for it to sustain itself.

Ms Mzola said Mfuleni had a high unemployment rate which made it difficult for parents to donate money to the school and commended the SGB for running with the idea.

“We are encouraged to do these kind of events. This is thrilling not only to us, but to the entire community,” she told Vukani. “Our funds are not enough to cover everything. Like the schools in the affluent areas, we want to have resources. We need to be able to transport our children to wherever we want without problems.”

She encouraged parents to be part of their children’s education.

Event organiser Nonkululeko Nyumbe said the fundraising would help the school grow its programmes.

“We want to do things on our own and not depend on others. This is not only fundraising, but to also keep our children at school through various activities. We do not want to lose them to drugs and other bad things. We live in cruel times. The best we can do is to keep our youngsters clean and at school,” she said.

Ms Nyumbe said the funds would also enable them to organise workshops and motivational talks.

SGB chairperson Xolani Makibi said he was happy with the event. “We are always encouraged by the department to have events. This is part of that. We are happy with the turn-out, but we could have done more,” he said.

Mr Makibi called on parents to support school initiatives and the pupils.