Tshepang Mabaila pledges 10,000 Pula from Clap and Tap concert for the sole bush crash survivor.


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Writes Nkeletsang Morapedi
The Mabaila Foundation has donated 10,000 Pula from the proceeds of the recently held clap and tap musical concert to help towards psychotherapy of the 8-year-old survivor of the bus crash.
The 8-year-old met her predicament during the easter holidays as she and 45 other passengers were on a pilgrimage to St Engenas church in South Africa.
The bus ferrying 46 passengers, crashed in Mmamatlakala Bridge, near Mokopane in Limpopo on the 28th of March this year, killing 45 people and leaving an eight-year-old girl, who sustained serious injuries, as the sole survivor.
According to the South African Department of Transport, the incident occurred when the driver lost control. Nearly a month after the devastating accident claimed the lives of all on board, save for a lone 8-year-old child, the community came together to bid farewell. Among the departed was the bus driver, Ogaufi Noonyane, laid to rest separately in the village of Thamaga, 40 kilometers away.
Following the repatriation of the victims’ remains to their homeland of Botswana, a mass funeral was held, drawing dignitaries from South Africa, including Limpopo’s provincial health minister, Phophi Ramathuba.
Amidst heartfelt eulogies and shared sorrow, the community stood united in grief, honoring those whose lives were tragically cut short. In solidarity and service to the nation, Tshepang Mabaila of Mabaila Foundation donated 10,000 pula, equivalent to over 700 USD to help towards the rehabilitation of the sole 8-year-old survivor.
Announcing his foundation’s annual clap and tap musical concert, Mabaila informed his patrons that the money would be used to support the reintegration of the girl back to her normal sense after the traumatic experience she witnessed, especially losing her grandmother in the process.
Meanwhile, all the 45 deceased from the bus have been laid to rest.
The Mabaila Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Tshepang Mabaila, intending to contribute to the social upliftment of the less privileged in society. Some of the notable gestures aside from this donation include sponsorship of young people into rehabilitation efforts as well as the advancement of their tertiary education.