The Jacaranda Community have raised over R1 million for Hoërskool Driehoek and learners affected by the 1 February walkway collapse.

The Jacaranda Community have raised over R1 million for Hoërskool Driehoek and learners affected by the 1 February walkway collapse.


Johannesburg, South Africa – Martin Bester and the Jacaranda breakfast team were broadcasting live from Hoërskool Waterkloof for the station’s “My School Rocks” competition this morning. Their focus for the “Good Morning Angels” segment was all about the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy and how listeners could help.

On Friday, the 1st February 2019, the country was shocked by the news of a walkway collapse at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark as the children were leaving the morning assembly to go to their class rooms.

Three pupils: Roydon Olckers, Jandré Steyn and Marli Currie died at the scene, with a fourth, Marnus Nagel perishing from his injuries two days later. 20 children are still being treated in various hospitals around Gauteng for serious injuries.

Two of these injured school girls, 14-year-old Shamoné Steynvaart and 17-year-old Milindi Weber sustained back injuries and are being treated in the Wilgers Hospital in Pretoria. Representatives of the Hoërskool Waterkloof pupils and Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels visited the girls in hospital on 5 February 2019.

Milindi, a matriculant, is expected to make a full recovery, although she has to wear a back brace and has weeks of recovery ahead. Grade 9, Shamoné, is still in ICU and recently received the news that she would not be able to walk again.

She has weeks of rehab ahead of her at another Pretoria facility before she and her family will be able to return to Vanderbijlpark and her mom, Charmaine Steynvaart, says as a family their lives have changed forever with the devastating news.

The team called on Jacaranda listeners for help and the response was bigger than they could ever have imagined.

During the show Hoërskool Waterkloof raised R65 000 for the school, Wimpy South Africa called in and donated another R100 000, a further R200 000 was raised to the family of Shamoné Steynvaart and a listener, who would like to remain anonymous, donated R500 000!

There were also hundreds of listeners who have continued to donate through-out the morning which has raised the amount to over R1 million!!!!

Jacaranda will be releasing news as to how they will be distributing the amounts but if you want to help the families affected by the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy, please make a donation to the Good Morning Angels Fund and use the reference #MySchoolRocks with your payment.

Account Name: JACFM GMA

Bank: FNB

Account: 62411883590

Branch Code: 255005

Reference: #MySchoolRocks

In times of tragedy always look for the helpers, they will always be there. Thank you to all the corporates and individuals who have donated to this fund.

Sources: Jacaranda 94.2 
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