President Jacob Zuma has encouraged business people donating to his foundation and trust to continue doing so because their money has been transforming the lives of many under the care of his foundation.
Speaking to prominent guests present at the 15th Jacob Zuma Education Trust Children and Youth’s Christmas party, held at Mnyakanya High School in Nkandla, on Thursday, Zuma presented about 30 graduates who excelled in their respective academic fields.
He disclosed that this year’s Christmas party is important for the kids and to show those that donate where their money is physically spent.
As gathered, the lucky graduates were all sponsored by the Jacob Zuma Foundation and the Jacob Zuma RDP Education Trust.
Zuma praised the brilliant and outstanding lad and lasses for bringing honour to the foundation and Trust, and for not disappointing the business people, who had donated money to the Trust.
Turning to the graduates, the president told the sponsors:
“These are not just statistics. They are proof of where your money is going. Among the graduates were lawyers, nurses, doctors and scientists. Today is the first time that we have a PhD student.
These students are an example of what the Foundation and the Trust has done… Your money is not going to waste.”
He also seized the opportunity to urged the business people not to allow the graduates and other graduates in the country to continue roaming about the streets in search of jobs.
The occasion pulled the following influential guests: Nigerian-born American tycoon Kase Lawal, chairperson of the Jacob Zuma Foundation, Dudu Myeni, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, her deputy Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu.
Others were ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and his wife, Philisiwe, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development MEC Sihle Zikalala, and eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede.