FORMER Lukhanji executive mayor Mzwabantu Dapula learnt much from his time as a pupil at Sixishe Junior Secondary School, including that leading from the heart was an attribute that would lead SA to greater heights.
Dapula was speaking at a gala dinner and 40th celebration at Sixishe in Ezibeleni over the weekend.
He said when the school started, there was no furniture.
“What inspired us from the teachers is that they first acquired knowledge, new skills and experience to allow them to share with us.”
He said the teachers in the late ’70s when he was a pupil, taught that leading from the heart was the best thing to do. “We learnt that leadership comes with responsibility. If you can’t carry the ball, you can’t lead the team. Leaders cannot be passive or neutral over crucial decisions.”
Dapula said mental conditioning was important for young people to defeat unemployment, poverty and inequality.
“In its 40 years of existence, Sixishe has been led by committed teachers with a clear mandate, produced quality students and has drawn cooperative and supportive parents.”
Principal Kunjulwa Mapangwana said the school was grateful to the former pupils who donated towards making the programme successful. She thanked all those who braved the cold weather to attend on Saturday.