This year, ITWeb selected a charity supported by Tshifhiwa Ramuthaga, the 2014 winner of the Visionary CIO award. For Tshifhiwa, this is where her journey began, and she would like Matangari Primary School to use the funds raised at the event for a library.
Matangari Primary School is located at Matangari Tshitakani in the Limpopo Province. The school is about 25km from Thohoyandou town.
The school was established in 1921 and the first classrooms were built with mud and bricks, and learners were taught in multi-grades. In 1960, four modern classrooms were built. Today, the school has 550 learners from Grade R to Grade 7, and 14 educators. There are 22 modern classrooms, a computer lab, boreholes with running water, and the school has its own security. Matangari Primary School has produced doctors, engineers, principals and teachers, and in 2015, it became the champ of champs in an English drama contest.
Mr MC Daba was an icon of the school and principal at Matangari from 1983 until 2012. He inspired the teachers and learners to work hard, and he put the school on the map - even today, the school is the pride of the circuit, district and the province. MC Daba taught all six siblings in Tshifhiwa's family. According to Tshifhiwa, he instilled in her the desire to be great. The new library will be named after this charismatic and visionary leader.