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2017-06-29 06:00
Moleboheng Ralenkoane-Lesole, finance manager at Lesole Investment Holdings,Heather Reed, programme director for Sulabh International, Mmpho Mamuremi, project manager, Mahloko Moholobela, director at Lesole Investment, Noloyiso Mthimba-Dube, principal and Francois Adriaan, head of Sanlam Foundation, on Tuesday, at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Moleboheng Ralenkoane-Lesole, finance manager at Lesole Investment Holdings,Heather Reed, programme director for Sulabh International, Mmpho Mamuremi, project manager, Mahloko Moholobela, director at Lesole Investment, Noloyiso Mthimba-Dube, principal and Francois Adriaan, head of Sanlam Foundation, on Tuesday, at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School in Khayelitsha has had a facelift, thanks to the generosity of Sulabh International, Action Sociology- South Africa, Sanlam and Lesole Investment Holdings, a construction company.

On Tuesday, children arrived in schools to refurbished toilets and a freshly painted school.

The school and its benefactors have a five year arrangement which seeks to address issues of sanitation (which includes personal hygiene), educational, and the environmental.

Heather Reed, programme director for Sulabh International, said this programme is going to help the school in many ways.

“The school is happy and satisfied with the renovations. The programme intends to ensure that the toilets are kept in good condition. The school and six other schools which are part of the programme from across the province are set to compete and the cleanest school will walk away with a prize at the end of the year.

The constructors also painted the school and all that was done in a period of one month,” Reed said.

Noloyiso Mthimba-Dube, the principal of the school said the renovation improved the condition of the toilets and that the programme is going to add value to the school which is known for being the school of “excellence.”

Francois Adriaan, head of Sanlam Foundation, said the school is one of 100 Blue Level Schools which they support across the country.

“We are trying to be present all the time in the schools that we support. We focus mostly on giving support in mathematics which is a programme in all the schools. We are creating a good learning environment for learners by ensuring that their toilets are clean. We also assist principals and management with leadership skills,” he said.

Sisipho Mandi, Grade 6 learner, said the renovation made a big difference in the school.

“I would like to think that this means a lot to us. Not all of us had the guts to clean the(previous) toilets(because of their condition). We can now teach others in the community about cleaning toilets and lead by example,” Mandi said.

Thanduxolo Wili, member of School Governing Body (SGB), also thanked the companies. “We want to ensure that education takes place in a clean condition. We have a responsibility to ensure that the toilets are clean at all times,” Wili said.

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