CONWAY, Ark. – For the 2018 holiday season, Central Arkansas student-athletes banded together to collect toys earmarked for Toys for Tots campaign. These efforts were charted in order to benefit Conway area individuals in need.Led by the UCA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) throughout the month of November, Central Arkansas athletics gathered toys for local individuals and families in need. Additionally, Bears SAAC members coordinated efforts throughout the UCA athletic department in order to help raise money to buy various other gifts.Prior to drop-off, several trucks were filled with items to be donated by the Central Arkansas athletic family. On Friday, Nov. 30, Bears student-athletes transported collected items to a Toys for Tots collection point inside a local Wal-Mart shopping center.Toys for Tots began in 1947 and has become an avenue for raising funds and purchasing toys. The organization currently distributes 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Various MECs, along with KZN Premier Willies Mchunu, visited Ladysmith today (October 26) under the auspices of Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS).The MECs were deployed to various schools in Ladysmith, where they checked the operating systems and infrastructure at the respective schools, and whether they meet the required standards.Premier Mchunu visited Sidingulwazi Primary School, where he discovered that the school does not have proper infrastructure and the environment that surrounds the school is not up to standard.Operation Sukuma Sakhe is a governmental campaign that started in 2009, in which government implements acceptable living and educational standards.“The toilets at this school are in a terrible condition and no child should be studying under these circumstances. We, as government, cannot look down on schools like these and that is why Operation Sukuma Sakhe was initiated,” said Premier Mchunu.He went on to say that schooling environments play a major role in the success of a student, and that is why an environment conducive to studying must be implemented. After the premier was done at the school, he, along with the district mayor, paid a visit to the Tsakane Hall, where they addressed the community on the water shortage faced by Ladysmith.“We are facing a huge problem, as the uThukela water works plant has been shut down because of the protest in Embizeni, where residents have blocked the road that leads to the water plant,” said uThukela District Mayor Siphiwe Mazibuko.Social issues such as crime and teenage pregnancy were some of the topics discussed, and the community was promised that the government is doing everything they can to sort out each and every problem.Premier Mchunu and uThukela Mayor Mazibuko then went to speak to the people of Embizeni about the protest and the crisis they are facing.In a clash of clans between the Gamede’s and Madlala’s, it was discovered that the Gamede clan had blocked the road leading to the water plant in response to alleged acts of violence carried out by the Madlala clan.Alfred Duma Municipal Mayor Vincent Madlala was nowhere to be seen at any of the events attended by the premier.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics. If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them. To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!