Carnival spoils matric learner

Ntombi Mnguni

Ntombi Mnguni enjoyed a day of great surprises thanks to Carnival City and the Afrisun Trust.

Carnival City staff turned tears of disappointment to tears of joy for KwaThema High School learner Ntombi Mnguni.

Ntombi attended her matric farewell party at Carnival City on September 30, but was unable to pay for the photograph.

Her deeply distressed mother Betty confided in Elsie Roux, a Carnival City surveillance auditor who gives her a lift to work every day, and from there a caring group of people sprang into action.

Carnival City staff and the Afrisun Trust engineered an opportunity for Betty and Ntombi to visit the complex on Saturday, last week, to re-enact the big occasion.

When they arrived, they were whisked off to lunch at Lotto Foods, followed by a pamper and make-over session¬† at Carnival City’s Rene Institute.

Looking lovely and dressed in her matric farewell gown, a professional photographer then took Ntombi’s photograph.¬† Her surprise, however, didn’t end there.

Ntombi was given two tickets to the Bebe Winans show at the Big Top Arena and staff had arranged with the show organizer for the Jaziel brothers to call her up onto the stage, where a shaking Ntombi was presented with an enormous bouquet of flowers.

For the final surprise, Ntombi got to meet Bebe after the show and had her photograph taken with him. She was also presented with an enormous gift basket from Carnival City.

“To each and every one who made this possible, in true Carnival Cares style you made a dream a reality,” said Afrisun Trust CEO Sandy Hattingh.

At the end of a long and busy day, Ntombi and Betty were chauffeured home.

“You made a young girl with no hope stop to thank the lord above for my mother; a single mom who struggled to bring me up and educate me,” said Ntombi.

“The matric farewell I missed was but an event, this was a life changing experience.

“I will pass matric and then I will take what I received today and pass it on to those in a worse situation than me.”