Villagers in Nqamakwe benefit from PetroSA’s R4m school building project
Nqamakwe, Eastern Cape, 12 March 2010 - PetroSA, South Africa’s National Oil Company, is continuing with efforts to ensure Eastern Cape schools are properly resourced with the announcement that a rural Transkei school has been upgraded for R4 million.
Mthawelanga Secondary School in Nqamakwe, Idutywa has seen its administration block, and toilets upgraded for R3, 4 million. An additional two classrooms were also constructed at the school. A further R350 000 was used for the erection of a fence on the school premises.
The initiative is part of PetroSA’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme. The launching of the R4 million refurbishment, is an effort by PetroSA to ensure the Eastern Cape is endowed with technical skills.
In the past four years PetroSA has spent over R350-million on social responsibility initiatives that assist with empowering communities in areas such as Nqamakwe. These initiatives seek to create the opportunity for communities to build a better life for themselves.
Michael Nene, the Chairperson of PetroSA’s CSI Review Committee said the company hoped its philanthropic activities created an education environment that fostered better performance among pupils.
“We deem it necessary to intervene where we can to instil a sense of hope and optimism especially among the rural poor. The school facilities will create a better environment for teaching and learning which is critical towards development of the African child,” Mr Nene said.
“We therefore saw it necessary to step forward and respond to the education needs of the learners of Mthawelanga. We have over the years advanced initiatives of this magnitude for the sole reason of uplifting communities. Other than infrastructure development, we contribute in the field of education through bursaries for disadvantaged children with interest especially in fields of engineering, health and community development initiatives,” Mr Nene added.
The project has directly benefitted about 100 community members who were employed during the seven (7) month period construction was in progress. Local suppliers in Idutywa also benefited as building material was secured from them.
PetroSA also secured the services of the Science Learning Centre for Africa (SLCA), a community outreach program from University of the Western Cape, to train educators at the Mthawelanga on how they could enhance their teaching skills to improve results at the school.
PetroSA’s dynamic CSI programme has among other provinces targeted the Eastern Cape for development activities.
In the Eastern Cape, which is one of the country’s poorest provinces, PetroSA’s CSI investment has totalled more than R40 million. This investment has been in the areas of education and other developmental projects, which has seen the company building schools, science and computer laboratories, ablution facilities and administration buildings, amongst other things.
Some of the Eastern Cape communities that have benefited from PetroSA’s educational investments are in Grahamstown, Queenstown, Humansdorp, Butterworth, Peddie, Dimbaza, Tsitsikama, Port Elizabeth and East London.
These include the refurbishment of the Good Shepherd Trust in Grahamstown for R9 million, R3 million for a computer and science centre at the Butterworth Secondary School. The National Oil Company has also sponsored a Geology Chair at the University of Fort Hare. In Port Elizabeth, PetroSA has invested close to R5 million towards corporate social investment initiative over the past twelve months.
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