thoughts to share from a friend

this article was written by Rumbi from the DGMT after a visit with us at Naledi High School.  you may find her reaction to our work and that of other young social activists working to actively make the world better – or as far as we can go with hear.



for those who do not know, Naledi High School is at center of what became the 1976 youth uprising.  young people went out to peacefully protest the imposition of Bantu education which sought to ensure that the black child would remain in positions of servitude.  the minister of education thought the education of the black child was to make them better servants.   the story is entirely more complicated than i am presenting it here, what is important is that this school which is now classifies an under performing school was at the center of the struggle of black children and the black community for education and the recognition that poverty could only be broken once people could be well educated.

Naledi High seemed the perfrct place to start in reembuing the black child with the value of education to free all kinds of poverty which is killing the soul of our people.  Naledi was once called the Star of the West 9naledi is the Sotho word wof Star) and we are happy to say that we are slowly but i have faith it will happen giving light back to this star which needs to be reminded how great it can be,


if i could write these on the soul of the world i would because the pride we feel can has no measure.  i want to share these first sparks; this is the first groups of matric students who came through our programme.  these are the brave ones who went against the tide of mediocrity and dared to dream they could do better.  i love these children and share them with you with an open and over flowing spirit.  these are the rising stars:

Naledi high School: class of 2011

H. Higher certificate. (8)
Thungo Melusi
Mkonza Thapelo
boikanyo ban
Dalisile Thabile
Deliwe Thembisile
Hlatshwayo Sydney
Lebenya Kanetso
Mahlumba Abraham

D. Admission for diploma (10)
Moloi Neo
Ngema Innocentia
Assegai Thabiso
Dlomo Nonkululeko
Khomo Refilwe
Maeyane Lerato
Loeto Moshe
Magwaza Siphiwe
Makgotlho Sina
Lebona Seipati

B= admission of bachelor degree (9)
Nhlapo Nkanyezi
Ntombela Olwethu
Segoto Tshegofatso
Shabalala Ayanda
Edward Lucia
Mbathile Sibusiso
mangoetse Thato
Mmabaso Dumisani
Majela Mamosala


good luck matrics

Miyela and the tutoring team wish the class of 2011 well as they find out the results of their toil. To the matrics at Naledi high school; please know we love you dearly and are certain you will be great in whatever you chose to do from here. I spent a year warming you about this day but you are now officially no longer children and must make choices that will affect the rest of your lives alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, don’t be afraid to do things again if you need to but most importantly have courage as you take on the world. Here all I have are the words of Miss Nina Simone who asks that we remind our young that they are in fact “young, gifted and black. Yours is the tale that’s just began. There’s a world waiting for you and you are young gifted and black and your soul is intact; that’s a fact”

We love you and will stand as your pillars whenever you need to lean.