Adapt IT Education recently participated in the inaugural Dr Sam Nzima Foundation golf day and fundraising event. The event, which included an auction and charity dinner, was organised by the foundation chairman, Thulani Nzima, in partnership with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.
Adapt IT Education hosted some of its customers in the Mpumalanga province including, the Ehlanzeni TVET and Gert Sibande TVET Colleges, accompanied by one of its SME partners to participate in the event, strengthen relationships, and highlight the contributions the organization has made to its customers in the various regions.
As a result, Adapt IT Education has committed to partner with the SNF on all future regional events and aims to expand the annual engagement across the regions in which Adapt IT Education has a presence.
About 52 golfers across 13 teams teed off as part of the inaugural event at the White River Country Club in Mpumalanga. The gathering was a vital fundraising drive for the foundation as it managed to raise a substantial amount of money that will help build the Dr Sam Nzima Legacy Centre.
The Sam Nzima Foundation (SNF) is a non-profit that aims to immortalise Dr Sam Nzima and his legacy as a local and international symbol for dialogue, unity, peace, and reconciliation. Dr Nzima, a well-known photojournalist, was responsible for the famous Hector Pieterson photograph taken during the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. The image received global acclaim became a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement.
“It is an honour to be part of this momentous event on behalf of Adapt IT. There are a lot of stories, positive contributions towards the development of our country, and most of these, as you may well know, were done at a difficult time in our country. But, through Mr Nzima, we saw a display of bravery. Most revolutions that we see require a small spark – a small event that can create a wave, and it is that wave that contributes to the change in the course of history,” remarked Luxolo Rubushe, Adapt IT Education, MD.
“The picture that we know changed the course of history – most of us that grew up in the 70s and 80s were not allowed to view that picture – you would have to cross the border to Swaziland to be able to access that media. On a personal level, it was indeed an honour to have the pleasure and opportunity to meet the late Dr Sam Nzima.”
During his presentation, Thulani Nzima shared how the funds raised during the golf event will set the wheels in motion to build the Sam Nzima Legacy Centre.
“The money we have raised today will immediately fund the development of the building plans. The SNF intends to build a youth excellence centre that will offer extracurricular learning and champion cultural practice through arts, photography, journalism, literacy, performance, and storytelling. The center will provide designated spaces for Early Childhood Development programmes and activities.”
“It will further offer multifunctional event spaces for the annual Dr Sam Nzima Memorial Lectures and storytelling while providing a cultural melting pot for the people of Mpumalanga, Limpopo, eSwatini, and Mozambique. A small performance space will enable a cultural platform for students, the local community, and performing artists,” he explained.
“For us in the corporate sector, we must appreciate the role and contribution we need to make towards the retention of our culture and history and ensure that we do not see ourselves as islands of prosperity while there is poverty around us. We need to support our history and legends and, in this case, Dr Sam Nzima,” added Rubushe.