For the second year in a row, the top two matriculants from four KwaMashu high schools received laptops, to incentivize and better equip them for their journey into the next step of their lives, tertiary education.
City Logistics donated the eight laptops to these learners, based on their 2023 trial examination results. As part of Empowering Our Youth Through Computer Literacy and Social Upliftment Programme, this City Logistics Community initiative will smoothen these soon-to-be matriculants’ transition to university, by bridging the digital divide between township learners and those more fortunate.
In association with the KwaMashu Soccer Legends (KSL), the top learners from Isibonelo, Dr J L Dube, Vuyiswa Mtolo and Zakhe High Schools, received their top-of-the-range i3 ASUS laptops at the City Logistics head office in River Horse Valley in Durban, on 28 November.
Mr Sipho Magwaza, principal of the Dr JL Dube High School and spokesperson for the KSL, complimented 2022’s inaugural initiative, “The investment was well-received and made a huge difference in the lives of our new entrants, currently completing their second year of studies.”
“We wish to salute this brave act in times of economic meltdown and downslide in the business environment. The laptop donations afford our learners to being on the same footing with the rest of their peers at university,” he added.
KSL and City Logistics both recognise that past matric learners excelled at school but struggle with accessing computers at tertiary institutions due to their socio-economic backgrounds.
Seven out of the eight recipients are females, hoping to pursue their studies and in turn uplift their communities once their studies are complete.
“This is a celebration of academic achievements, determination and the promise of a brighter future. Dedication, hard work and passion is what sets these learners apart and this is in honour of their remarkable accomplishments,” said Anthony Naicker, City Logistics Managing Director of Line Haul and Support Services.
Department of Education member Mr Khuzwayo, representing Mr Sangweni, said, “Our department is very grateful for this gesture and the working relationship between City Logistics and our schools. This initiative is much appreciated and very close to our hearts. We would like to see more companies mirroring City Logistics, in assisting our learners to succeed in their tertiary studies.”