The festive season is a time for sharing love and giving gifts to those we care about, and those who are less fortunate enough than others. Vaal University of Technology’s Amberfield Residence experienced the spirit of receiving gifts in the form of food hampers and toiletries from the Minister of Communications, Mrs Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.
The visit to VUT Amberfield Residences on 26 November, was part of the Minister’s initiative to encourage and motivate those students who were writing their second opportunity exams. Because they were second opportunity students, NSFAS does not provide food allowance during the December – students are normally done and on their break. The Minister arrived with food parcels and toiletries to assist the less priviledged students. Addressing the students, the minister said that education is the only weapon to defeat poverty.
The visit was arranged by the Amberfield House Committee leaders, Maanda Netshiongolwe and Nthabiseng Mashopha who said that nothing makes them happier than serving the students of their residences. One of the students said that the two leaders have left an indelible mark which they will forever remember, they’ve changed the Amberfield residences and have even implemented the Amberfield Residence awards to motivate and encourage students to excel academically.
“I’m asking you to adopt this residnece and continue supporting and assisting us as you’ve done today, when we knock on your door,” said Maanda in his vote of thanks to the Minister. Maanda and Nthabiseng said they’re highly appreciative of the minister’s actions and are hoping that this may be an annual inititiave.
A student gave the minister some of his artwork as a gesture of appreciation. From Left: Residence Leader, Maanda Netshiongolwe, Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Silinda Msamuzi who is a visual art student at VUT