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Mpumalanga Vodacom Volunteers host students from United Kingdom

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Students from St Joseph Whitakers School in the United Kingdom are on a trip that will significantly impact the lives of communities in the Mpumalanga Province.  The 16 youngsters will be working alongside Vodacom Volunteers at various community organisations that the mobile operator supports from 28 March until Saturday 31 March.

Mpumalanga Vodacom Volunteers are well known for the outstanding work in the province. The volunteers have already achieved significant results in the region.  One example is where they gave up their weekends to offer extra lessons in maths, accounting, science, English and business economics to students at one of the local schools in the province where they helped increase the school's pass rate from 19% to a massive 77%.

Commenting at the official welcome, Managing Executive for Vodacom Mpumalanga, Andries Steenkamp said, "We are delighted to play some part in making these bright young students from the UK, feel welcome in our part of the country.  We believe that their time and skills will have a significant impact on both the communities and the learners themselves.  Something very special happens to people when they have the opportunity to impact people's lives for the better."

Over the course of this next week the learners will visit:

The Nelspruit Community Forum, where they will assist with preparing of meals and packing food parcels for the communities.


The Masoyi Special Care Centre in Mshadza, where they will assist with bathing, feeding and stimulation exercises with the children.


They will also be imparting their soccer skills to the learners of Sitfokotile High School in Malelane.


The volunteers will lastly make their way to Z.B Kunene, in Kanyamazane, where they will paint the classroom and renew the school’s garden by planting trees and flowers.




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