With love from the Eastern Cape

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Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - Lindiwe Ngcobo is a PhD candidate at the University of Fort Hare with a passion for uplifting communities.

After graduating from the Boxer Youth Leadership Programme in 2007, Ngcobo went on to become the first female South African student to lead the Junior Chamber International Organisation at “Fort Hare and complete her PhD in Agricultural economics while searching for ways to achieve sustainable rural development in South Africa.

She is also in the process of writing her first book.

Despite being chaotically busy with her studies, this Ludeke born and raised future leader recently started a campaign to assist school pupils by providing essential toiletries in order to prevent pupils from missing school and performing poorly in class.

After researching and studying different schools in different provinces, Ngcobo chose Kgosi Shope Secondary School in the North West as her first recipient.

She contacted Boxer Superstores for assistance and received a large donation of essential toiletries including sanitary towels, toothpaste and other bathroom essentials from the supermarket to ensure that pupils at Kgosi School would be able to attend class without the challenges they had been facing due to the lack of essential toiletries.

The handover, which took place on August 20, was widely celebrated by the pupils, teachers and local community.

“I chose Kgosi Shope Secondary School located in the North West province for this inaugural programme. The reason that I selected the school is that it has learners whose family, social, or economic circumstances hinder their ability to learn at school. The other reason is that I wanted to remind every South African that we are one nation, despite differences in home languages and cultural practices.

“We need to love and appreciate one another. I am Xhosa from the Eastern Cape but I have chosen for this first effort a Tswana community in the North-West Province.

“You don’t always need financial resources to assist people. In my case, I used my leadership and writing skills to assist those in need. The South African woman must stand up and lend a hand to build the nation. This will remain a central theme of my life’s work,” said Ngcobo.