PROTEC Tongaat’s Awards Day

Marion and Anna-Maria Mkhize, assistant manager (far right) with the 2023 Tongaat top overall learners (from left): Owami Mbewa, Gr 10; Khayelihle Moyo, Gr 11; Andile Xaba, Gr 12; and Nkonzo Mhlongo, Chairman of PROTEC Tongaat management committee

“Although I’ve known for some time that this will be my last Awards Day, I never expected to be so overwhelmed by such a mix of emotions. Thank you for all the kind words of appreciation. My heart is heavy but also overflowing with gratitude to have been given the opportunity to work for such an incredible organisation that makes a difference in the lives of so many.

My passion for PROTEC has been fuelled by the knowledge that we are daily making a positive impact on people’s lives by planting seeds of hope, possibility and opportunity. Our learners hold the blueprint for greatness and they flourish as they immerse themselves in learning, acquiring new skills and gaining confidence, to successfully follow their dreams. Over the past 21 years I have had the honour and joy of seeing this magic happen as our learners transform into flourishing trees bearing fruit of success and inspiration. There can be no greater privilege.”

Marion thanked her assistant manager, Anna-Maria Mkhize, and the tutors, for their dedication, the management 

Guest speaker and PROTEC alumnus, Dr Goodness Mthembu, with Grade 12 learners Nosipho Ayanda Ngcobo (Top English and Physics) and Andile Xaba (Top Math, English FAL, and top overall in Grade 12)

committee headed by Nkonzo Mhlongo, and importantly, the PROTEC Tongaat donors. “Without your support, none of this could happen. Thank you for partnering with us by investing in our learners’ education and changing lives.  It has been an honour to work with such talented and passionate individuals and I know that with such a formidable team PROTEC Tongaat will continue to grow and reach new heights.”

She closed, “I will never be able to thank you enough for enriching my life in so many ways and for making my time at PROTEC the most rewarding and fulfilling years of my life.”

Grade 12 Excellence in English awardees with David Simpson, Victor Daitz
Donors make the difference
Proud Saturday School learners with t-shirts and book bags kindly sponsored by FFS Refiners

Anna-Maria Mkhize also addressed the donors. “Your commitment to PROTEC has not only provided financial assistance, but has been a beacon of hope and inspiration for us and those we serve. It’s through your belief in our mission that we can serve these young minds to the best of our abilities.

“Your contribution is a testament to the power of collective action, showing that when individuals come together for a common cause, incredible things can be achieved. As partners in our mission, advocates for our cause, and champions of positive change, your impact is not only measured in rands and cents, but in lives touched, communities strengthened, and hope instilled.”

Marion with university students at a feedback session on 6 July, encouraging students to share tips and experiences on tertiary life
Enthusiastic Tongaat matrics at the Primestars Matric Math & Physics Revision screenings, Ballito
Grade 11 and 12 learners at the 2023 DUT Open Day

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