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05 May 2012, Kimberley - PetroSA, South Africa’s National Oil Company (NOC), has come to the aid of two under-priviledged Northern Cape schools, with a R6 million lifeline that will see modern facilities constructed at the centres of learning.

Reneilwe and Boitshoko Primary Schools, in Galeshewe Township, Kimberley, will have a multi-purpose sports field, school hall, ablution facilities and a computer laboratory built. The multi-purpose sports field will cater for various sporting codes that include basketball, tennis, volleyball and mini-soccer. A 650 square meter school hall, able to accommodate a maximum 700 learners will be constructed at Boitshoko Primary. Construction of the facilities is expected to last for two years.

Dipuo Peters, the Minister of Energy, officially performed the sod turning ceremony at the two schools today.

PetroSA has put in place a Corporate Social Investment programme to assist with development in historically disadvantaged communities. The PetroSA CSI programme focuses on projects in the areas of education, health, community development and environment. The NOC has spent over R250 million on such initiatives in the past five years.

Kaizer Nyatsumba, PetroSA’s Head of Corporate Affairs & Shared Services, said the NOC’s philanthropic activities represented an appreciation that business needed to play a pivotal role in South Africa’s development.

“At PetroSA we understand that we all have a role to play in developing our country to great heights of success. To do this we need to ensure that the building blocks, in the case of Kimberley, support for education initiatives, are put in place,” Mr Nyatsumba added.

For more information contact:

Thabo Mabaso
Group Communications Manager
Cell: 083-414-8144