Along the majestic Kwazulu Natal tree plantations which stretch for kilometre after kilometre, a dirt road eventually leads you to a hidden, yet welcoming farming community by the name of Masamini. Qoyintaba Primary school is found here. Qoyintaba is the name of one of the ancestors from the Mbanjwa family, the owners of Masamini farm. In Zulu, Qoyintaba means mountain climbing.
On the 2nd of May 2013, the 27th Mandela Library opening took place. This is the second library by the Participate for Good Joberg2C campaign. The library is sponsored 6 motorbike riders: Herman, basil, Henry, Andre, Kevin and Aldo.
Qoyintaba primary was built in 1953 after Qoyintaba donated a site for a school and a catholic church – about 2km from the present site. In 1992 the Department of Education looked for a new site and the school was moved to the present site, which is centrally located for the Masamini residents. The school has become popular for its sporting activities, the gardening project and the well-developed culture. The school’s values include quality education, caring, honesty, non-racial and discipline.
Excitement filled the air as the community came out to show their gratitude and support for the school’s brand new library. The programme was opened in prayer and thanksgiving by Mrs Mzulwini, a community member. Mr Kunene (HOD) welcomed everyone both young and old to this significant day. He commented that 6 other surrounding primary schools will be welcomed to use and draw information from the library. Mr Mark Hauff, a local farmer working closely with the school spoke to the crowd in their mother tongue and pointed out that together with businesses and those riding for the school, a better future can be built.
Present at the opening were people from Old Mutual and Hytec. The director from Hytec said that the library adds value and is an investment into the children’s future. He added that Hytec has a culture of giving back to communities and the givers are blessed to do this for this rural community.
“In our community it is common for us to sing and dance when we are happy” said the programme director. At which point the school choir, lead and directed by a dynamic disabled school boy, began singing. This was followed by some cultural dancing from the Ingoma female learners.