- Ramaphosa went to Sekano-Ntoane Secondary School and Tshilidzi Primary School
- Learners there see him as an inspiration
- He has assisted the schools through his foundations
For residents of Chiawelo, Soweto, and particularly learners at President Cyril Ramaphosa's former schools, he is a huge inspiration.
As a child, Ramaphosa attended Sekano-Ntoane Secondary School and Tshilidzi Primary School in Chiawelo.
The principals of these schools describe him as a "principled man" who supports the community through his foundations, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Tshilidzi's principal, Thinawanga Takalani, told citizen.co.za that Ramaphosa has always encouraged the local community's youths to study hard. He said:
He was known as someone who would stand his ground, a principled person who had morals and was always encouraging people around the location to study hard.
He would say to them, ‘I will only assist you when you are working hard to achieve whatever it is you want.’
Ntshadi Mokoena, principal of Sekano-Ntoane, said the school has produced several prominent personalities. These include Ramaphosa and Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.
This provides an added motivation for learners to work harder to achieve their dreams, she said.
Mokoena explained that both schools receive support from the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which Ramaphosa chaired.
He is a role model to the pupils here. The programmes he has been running also help a lot. Through them we can interact with advantaged people who can share ideas.
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