Library aimed at positive future

2016-05-18 06:00
BUSISIWE SI­THOLE, head of Responsible Business at Mutual & Federal, with Joseph Hlatshwayo, principal of the Phinduzame Primary School in Reitz, at the handing over of a mobile library to the school. A collection of 1 400 books were donated to the school with the library and the structure can stock up to 5 000 books, should it be filled to capacity.       Photo: Supplied

BUSISIWE SI­THOLE, head of Responsible Business at Mutual & Federal, with Joseph Hlatshwayo, principal of the Phinduzame Primary School in Reitz, at the handing over of a mobile library to the school. A collection of 1 400 books were donated to the school with the library and the structure can stock up to 5 000 books, should it be filled to capacity. Photo: Supplied

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REITZ. – A mobile library was recently handed over to the Phinduzame Primary School in Reitz. Mutual & Federal’s head of Responsible Business, Busisiwe Sithole, made this gesture as part of the company’s continuous investment in education and development. Joseph Hlatswayo, principal of Phinduzame, received it on behalf of the school.

The library contains 1 400 books and can stock up to 5 000 books to benefit Phinduzame’s 1 160 learners and 33 teachers.

The library was donated as part of Mutual & Federal’s participation in the Nelson Mandela Library Project, under the Participate for Good Programme and was showcased during Old Mutual’s joBerg2C bike race that stopped over in Reitz last month.

This marks the first year that Mutual & Federal is participating in the Nelson Mandela Library Project and it is the very first joBerg2C library to be wholly funded by a corporate.

The Phinduzame Primary School was established in 1975, but has never had a proper library, having used a storeroom as a makeshift library to keep the school’s collection of books.

The first library to be donated through the joBerg2C initiative was handed over in 2011.

Money is continually being raised through proceeds from the Long Walk to Freedom initiative, events such as Old Mutual’s joBerg2C Marathon, along with other corporate social investment sponsorships.

With these funds, nine libraries have been donated to underprivileged schools thus far, and the Mutual & Federal library is the tenth mobile library that was sponsored through the joBerg2C initiative.

“The main objective of Mutual & Federal’s Responsible Business Programme is to enable positive futures,” Sithole said.

“Therefore, we hope this library will go a long way in encouraging the children of Reitz to change their lives through reading and create a positive future for many generations to come.

“We are also proud of the contribution our staff made through the Nakelela staff volunteer programme by donating a huge amount of additional stationery to go to each learner at Phinduzame.”

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