Sonwabo learners all the merrier

2016-03-17 06:00
 Smiles as Saint-Gobain’s Fanie Vos, principal Bongani Dlwathi, David Anderson with adopt a school’s Yaganthrie Ramiah and Paul Ramusetheli.   PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Smiles as Saint-Gobain’s Fanie Vos, principal Bongani Dlwathi, David Anderson with adopt a school’s Yaganthrie Ramiah and Paul Ramusetheli. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Sonwabo Primary School learners are waiting with bated breaths to move into four new classrooms which are at the final stages of construction at the school.

On Tuesday, it was the official handover of two classrooms built by Saint-Gobain, a French multinational corporation that manufactures construction equipment.

But that was not all as the company brought along friends bearing gifts. The company’s partners in business made donations such water bottles, cricket bats and paint from building material provider Buco, sports equipment from MPR Foundation, groceries worth R10000 from Spar, Built It and $10 000 donation from Imports International.

Fanie Vos, head of delegation in Sub-Saharan Africa, said that they were very pleased to see that the work on the classrooms was finished.

“We are extremely happy to see that the work has been done as this is a very big project to us which means a lot and all that is left now is for the finishing of the building,” he said.

The companies regional manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, David Anderson, said that the donation was part opf their efforts to improve the learning experience of pupils at previously disadvantaged schools.

“This is our fourth adopted school which we are running projects to improve learning.

It is important to provide a learning environment that will provide learners with a chance to get the best of the education.

If we do that we will be able to produce skilled members of the community,” said Anderson.

The company vowed to remain close to the school and assist where they can, a gesture that was met positively by the school staff and its governing body.

“We have been very fortunate as the school to have a working relationship with Saint Gobain and to be part of the Adopt-A-School project.

This was not the first donation but it is the biggest thus far and we are really grateful,” said SGB’s Eric Potwana.

He even quipped that he can now expect a new school hall in the future.

“On a serious note, these classrooms will be of great use to us as we struggled with overcrowding in classes. Where you find that a class would have more than 40 learners,” he said.

School principal Bongani Dlwathi shared Potwana’s sentiments about the relief in overcrowding.

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

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