New classes for school

2015-06-11 06:01


Saint Gobains Fanie Vos digs in during the turning of the soil ceremony at Sonwabo Primary school with SGB’s Zuko Madase, principal Bongani Dlwathi (left) as well as retired principal Simphiwe Dyasi, Captain Isaac McCloen and William Smith. 

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Saint Gobains Fanie Vos digs in during the turning of the soil ceremony at Sonwabo Primary school with SGB’s Zuko Madase, principal Bongani Dlwathi (left) as well as retired principal Simphiwe Dyasi, Captain Isaac McCloen and William Smith. P

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Learners at a primary school in Gugulethu will have the comfort of stretching their legs a bit as they will benefit from the construction of additional classrooms.

Sonwabo Primary School will see its pupils getting some leg room, thanks to a donation from Saint Gobain, a French multinational corporation that manufactures construction equipment, founded in 1665.

Two new classrooms will be built, and on Monday all stakeholders were assembled on site to witness the first turning of the soil by the sponsor’s Fanie Vogs.

The donation is part of the Adopt-A-School program organised by an NGO of the same name. According to Vos this was also part of the company’s tricentenary milestone.

“This year we celebrate 350 years since the company was established. We decided that instead of throwing big parties for our clients and customers this year, we will focus on education development,” Vos told City Vision.

He said that the company has adopted a school each in three provinces and is working hard to improve the learning experience of the pupils.

“In Thembisa in Johannesburg we have provided ablution solutions to one school and in KZN we will be building a kitchen.

We want to leave a legacy for the children and will be working with the schools on a long term basis,” he said.

Vos said he hoped that the classroom would make a difference for the children as overcrowding was a problem.

“We are certain that the classes will create a better learning environment as Saint Gobain experience in the construction industry will assure that the classes will provide better acoustics and insulation for the learners,” he added.

School principal Bongani Dlwathi said that the donation came at the right time for the school.

“When you don’t have proper infrastructure, the learning process is hindered because when you don’t have a place to teach you just can’t.

We are extremely grateful for this gesture and we are really proud to be part of the Adopt A School programme,” Dlwathi said.

Sonwabo Primary School is the beneficiary

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