The alumni and some staff members of St Francis College descended in their numbers to their former school as part of the Mandela Day commemoration to engage in various activities of goodwill for 67 minutes. They also used the occasion to show their commitment in establishing the St Francis College Alumni Association (S.F.C.A.A).
The alumni came prepared for the occasion and they chose to spend their time cleaning and planting flowers within the school precinct. Their involvement in such acts of goodwill could be viewed as part of their commitment to give back to the institution that contributed significantly to their holistic education and also inspire the younger generation to give back to their communities.
Their commitment was further emphasised by their resolve to establish the SFCAA, aimed at assisting the school in different ways. Such commitment should be viewed or understood in terms of the rapidly changing environment where the missionary funding for the school has dwindled completely, thus contributing to the financial hardship in the effective running of the this historic institution.
According to Fr. Mxolisi Ngcobo, the co- ordinator of the association, one of the objectives of the association is to raise funds for the school in view of the structuraldevelopment as well as to assist the school on administrative level.
He said the intention is also to create a vibrant network amongst the members of the St Francis College Alumni Association and, “Our intention is to protect and uphold the heritage of St Francis College”.
This commitment is further envisaged by the organisation of the two main event scheduled for the coming month of October. On the 17 October there will be a St Francis Alumni lecture which will be given by Dr Ben Ngubane who is currently the chairperson of the Eskom Board. The topic of the lecture is: Ora et Labora: The role of black intelligentsia in nation building”. “On the same day later in the afternoon we will have a Gala Dinner at Elangeni Hotel. The key note address will be given by Mr Sizwe Nxasana who is the CEO of NSFAS. He will be speaking on: Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa”, said Fr Mxolisi Ngcobo.
As part of the commemoration of the Mandela Day the Alumni also organised a bring and share gathering where they used the occasion to share their memories and experiences about their stay at the school as learners back then. For some of the alumni it was their first time to visit the school after many years since they had left school.