The congregation of Kagiso Baptist Church and the community of Kagiso joined efforts to appreciate the learners who did well in their 2017 matric examinations.
The congregation led by Pastor Zachariah Motaung and his wife, Dr Yvonne Motaung, showered learners with words of admiration and encouragement in a sermon that saw more than 300 in attendance.
The event held under the theme, ‘Appreciating the Class of 2017’ took place last weekend at the church premises in Kagiso. Gauteng Premier David Makhura, accompanied by the Mogale City Executive Mayor, Naga Patrick Lipudi and the former West Rand District Municipality Alderman Mpho Nawa were in attendance. The Gauteng West District director Oupa Koapeng and chief director Dr Peter Skosana were there as well.
Premier Makhura said, “We are happy today that we are giving our learners a good send-off to another level in their lives. We want to say to these learners that this is the beginning of great things to come in your future. Go study and come back to our community and changes the lives of our people for the better.”
According to Kagiso Mohulatse, the church’s education commission chairperson, “We are blessed as a church to have come so far in appreciating the Class of 2017. We are holding the noble event every year and we are doing so to motivate our learners in their matric year, and those who will be registering for various courses in 2018.
“We want to encourage our learners to take their education seriously and be better persons in life. As a church we do not just spread the Word of God, but also make sure that the community that we live in is educated.”
The Top three learners received the Pastoral Awards which include laptops, while other received certificates and book vouchers.
Councillor Lipudi added his voice and said, “This is encouraging to see a church acknowledging its learners for a job well done. We want to say to pastor Motaung, your beautiful wife and the congregation to keep up the good work. We as a municipality are touched to be part of this event and will continue to support your church.”
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