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Impumelelo Educational Trust – Our Hope and Our Inspiration

Article sponsored by David Magagula, Portugalito’s Sabie.

“In the year 2015, I was crowned the first Miss Impumelelo Educational Trust. This event was held at our social gathering place of Club Da Groove in our township of Simile. To me, it was just a beauty pageant in which I wanted to participate and to have fun as a young person. Here I was, I was to be the Ambassador of Impumelelo Educational Trust.

Impumelelo Educational Trust is a youth-driven organisation that was established in 2012 here in our place, Sabie. We are 9 years old this year. Our main aim is to support the Sabie youth in their tertiary education studies. The support includes paying for registration and tuition fees, accommodation, transport and monthly meal allowance. We get all the monies to support our students through donations and sponsorships. I am hopeful that you will also donate after reading this article. It will be for an extremely good cause as Impumelelo Educational Trust has so far produced eight graduates.

All our graduates are from Sabie. They have acquired qualifications in Teaching, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Accounting, Millwright and Electrical Engineering. Our organisation continue to support five students and they are in the Universities of Tshwane, Limpopo, UNISA and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. We also have programmes to support our primary and high schools around Sabie and Thaba Chweu Municipality. We are calling volunteers to assist our organisation in the implementation of our Matric Support Programme. We need anyone with knowledge and skills in high school subjects to contact us and contribute positively to this years’ Class of 2021 Matric.

During my reign as Miss Impumelelo Educational Trust, I managed to assist our organisation in its several programmes and events. This included being part of the team to organise and implement our events such as June 16th  Youth Summit, Rollen Molapo Memorial Lecture, Public Speaking Competition, Back to School Campaigns, Career Expo, Fashion Show, Community Awards, Sports Day, SMMEs Research Survey, Book Club and my favourite Miss Impumelelo Beauty Pageant. I play various roles within our team.

From being an organiser behind the scenes and to be a front leader in the programmes and events I mentioned. All the programmes and events are supported through donations and support from our volunteers and ordinary people. We hold all the events on an annual basis. We are looking forward to implementing our next event of June 16th Youth Summit and Rollen Molapo Memorial Lecture pending the progress we achieve as the country in the fight against Coronavirus. We are also continuing with our new social media concept of Impumelelo TV in a show called #ImpumeleloTVStories which is hosted by one of our volunteers and former Miss Impumelelo Educational Trust, Ms Chantel Maluleka.

I continue to be part of Impumelelo Educational Trust and I truly enjoy it. I have gained skills and knowledge in several areas that a person should have. From organising, public speaking, analytical, writing, presenting and most importantly, to be self-confident. I am inviting anyone to please donate as little as R100 every month to our account. Our account is 283083069 Standard Bank. Reference is your name. I thank you in advance for your good heart and looking forward to interacting with you soon. Please like or follow our organisation on all social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the website of www.impumelelotrust.co.za.”

Written by Lebo Makofane

Lebo Makofane is a UNISA student pursuing a Law qualification and a Beneficiary of Impumelelo Educational Trust. Lebo is on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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