Public Protector donates R30 000 to Aurora Girls High

The Public Protector on Wednesday donated R30 000 to Aurora Girls High towards building a school assembly hall. She further pledged to mobilise sun hats and additional funding for a school hall to be built to save learners from attending assembly in the scorching sun.

The donation was made while the Public Protector Adv. Thuli Madonsela was addressing the Aurora Girls High School in Zola, Soweto, on “Taking back my girl pride: protecting young women’s dignity.

The Public Protector told the girls that, like women such as leaders of the 1956 women’s match leaders, Charlotte Maxeke and Olive Schreiner, can achieve great heights through the power of love.

Public Protector Madonsela advised the learners that nothing could beat the power of dreaming adding dreams and education were two things that could never be taken away from an individual but needed to be backed by action.

She told learners that Aurora Girls High was a testament that to run a good organisation, they did not need a lot of resources but good leadership.

The Public Protector said women icons like Lillian Ngoyi, Sophie De Bruyn, Rahima Moosa and Helen Joseph proved that through love of the people, freedom and the country, they could achieve what appeared impossible.

She told learners about how they mobilised over 20 thousand women for the march against pass law without telephones, Twitter and Facebook.

Public Protector Madonsela said the group loved freedom and believed they could play a meaningful role in delivering freedom to the oppressed people of South Africa.

“They had a sense of purpose as leaders,” the Public Protector said, “and their actions were powered by the dream of an inclusive South Africa where everyone’s potential is freed and life.”

The Public Protector said the country was thankful to them for believing in a dream that seemed impossible, the love of the people this country and having faith in the ability to attain what seemed impossible.

She advised them not to focus on the problems in the education system but concentrate where their efforts on what they can do succeed despite less optimal conditions in schools.

“Today is better than yesterday,” Adv. Madonsela said, “When things get tough think about women such as Charlotte Maxeke and remind yourself that they achieved great heights and improved our lives despite enormous challenges.”

Prior to addressing the Girls High in Soweto, the Public Protector addressed women investors and stock brokers at the Women’s Breakfast hosted by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The Public Protector told women who attended the event that through love, faith and hope, women had achieved great heights and changed the world in the process.

She called on women in business to continue contributing to good governance and the rule of law. This is important for sustainable democracy, peace and stability.

For more information contact

Kgalalelo Masibi
Public Protector South Africa
Cell: 079 507 0399

Published Date: 
Thursday, August 6, 2015