By Sanele Bani (Grade 11 learner)

A group of 100 people composed of parents, partners, volunteers, Masi Library staff and the IkamvaYouth staff were happy to surround and congratulates the 71 Ikamvanites who graduated this year.

Our two masters of ceremony Mawande Sokhaya (ex-learner) and Andisiwe Blou (Grade 12 learner) guided the event in introducing our two motivational speakers: Zintle Mtakati (ex-learner and 2nd year Social Work student at the University of Free State) and Thulisa Mayekiso (graduated student in Psychology at the University of the Western Cape). Thank you to both of them for bringing hope to the current Ikamvanites. In fact, both of them encouraged the audience to deeply believe in their future aspirations, because anyone is able to reach them.


 The most anticipated moment was the Attendance awards. 17 Ikamvanites were awarded a Green Certificate – these attended between 75 and 79% of the year. 26 learners got a Silver Certificate – meaning they attended between 80 and 89%. At last, 13 learners received the Gold distinction for being committed, between 90 and 100% attendance. The Silver and Gold learners received a stationery pack and a memory stick. Thank you to the Capitec Bank CSI team.

4 more categories were awarded and each received a computer from Capitec Bank CSI. These were: 

Uviwe Nqwelo for “Most improved learner”, Ntebuheleng Stuurman and Bongiswa Ngxanga for “Most committed learner”, and Phumza Kibi for “learner of the year” voted by the learners and for “Outstanding leadership”.

The Masi Branch is happy to thank all the people who are making a difference in the lives of hundreds of learners: the Masiphumelele Library staff , Lea-Ann Moses Magerman (from Capitec Bank), Mignon Hardie (from Cover2Cover), Kwezi Bonani (UCT Humanities recruitment officer), Annemarie Ludick (from the University of Free State), Marjan Ritchie (from MasiCorp), Jen Rousseau (from the Desmond Tutu Youth Centre), Julian (from Pick n’ Pay Family store in Fish Hoek), Kenneth McClarty (from the Olympia Bakery), the Environmental Resource Management team and the WorldTeach and GapYear Volunteers

Thank you for your generosity, through your donations, time, opportunities which will make the future brighter for our communities.