Masivuke hall opens

2017-05-18 06:01
Masivuke primary principal Ntshukumo Mbangatha, WCED’s Thandi Jafta, Garden Cities Archways Foundation’s Myrtle February and former principal Vathiswa Giyose during the official openning of the school hall.  PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

Masivuke primary principal Ntshukumo Mbangatha, WCED’s Thandi Jafta, Garden Cities Archways Foundation’s Myrtle February and former principal Vathiswa Giyose during the official openning of the school hall. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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Masivuke Primary in Philippi celebrated the official opening of their R6 million school hall on Friday.

For years, the no fee public school made use of the school foyer for their functions until the Garden City Archway Foundation came to their rescue and built the hall.

Masivuke has become the 77th school to benefit from the building of halls by this organisation since it was established 11 years ago.

According to the school principal Ntshukumo Mbangatha the new facility has already started to bear fruits from the school.

“Shortly after the hall was handed over earlier this year, there was a remarkable increase in the number of parents wanting to register their children at the school.

The very presence of the hall in the school grounds gives it a status and quality that the community supports. There is a great sense of pride in the school,” said a gleaming Mbangatha.

Mbangatha said that the hall would afford the learners an area where they would be able to express themselves.

“They will be able to stage theatrical plays and musical productions, learn stagecraft and gain experience that develops their self confidence,” he said. The hall would be also able to generate much needed income for the school by hosting community events.

“Reducing the shortfall of school halls is a mammoth task... Although the number of halls handed over to schools has increased substantially, there are still over 600 needed,” said John Mathews, CEO, of Garden Cities. Garden Cities is a residential development company whose board set up the Archway foundation 11 years ago.

When the foundation began its work there were 700 schools without halls and over one million children continued to suffer from being disadvantaged. By 2019 the organisation, says they hope to completed more than 100 halls in line with the companies centenary.

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