Project equips schools

2017-07-26 06:03
Frik Rademan (chief executive officer of Avbob) and Angie Motshekga (minister of Basic Education) discussing the Avbob School Infrastructure Project. Photo: Nthatisi Motlokoa

Frik Rademan (chief executive officer of Avbob) and Angie Motshekga (minister of Basic Education) discussing the Avbob School Infrastructure Project. Photo: Nthatisi Motlokoa

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The Avbob School Infrastructure Project was launched on Tuesday, 18 July, at the Joe Solomon Primary School in Heidedal.

It was launched by the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, in partnership with Frik Rademan, chief executive officer of Avbob.

According to Tsoarelo Malakoane, head of the Free State Department of Education, the Joe Solomon Primary School is one of nine recipients of this initiative.

The infrastructure project to the value of R150 million aims to provide the learners of the Joe Solomon Primary School with adequate classrooms in order to accommodate its large number of learners.

The school is currently filled to capacity, with 1 400 registered learners.

This investment will ensure that every learner receives adequate education by 2030, which goes hand in hand with the National Development Plan that aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.

“It is a historical moment for Avbob to be launching this project in Bloemfontein, because Avbob was established here in Mangaung on 15 August 1918,” says Rademan.

The renovation of the school will include two Gr. R classrooms, 23 other classrooms, a media centre, a computer lab and a nutrition centre.

Along with the investment in the refurbishment of the school, Avbob also donated a trolley library and podium in honour of Mandela Day.

“We at Avbob strongly believe in uplifting the community and making sure that we equip the community with the necessary facilities to succeed,” says the assistant general manager, Kebo Mosweusweu.

“This year, we have been asked to take action against poverty in a way that will bring about sustainable change and there is nothing more sustainable than education,” says Motshekga.

According to Motshekga, the R150 million that Avbob has donated will go to the renovation, refurbishment and building of schools across the country.

“It is important to note that needy learners and communities in all nine provinces will benefit from this contribution,” says Motshekga.

This is not the first time that the Department of Basic Education partners with Avbob.

They also partnered in the 1 000 school libraries per annum project.

Motshekga says Avbob is the single largest contributor of fully functional container libraries given to primary schools in South Africa.

Container libraries are worth approximately R500 000 each and each library comes with 2 500 books, thus benefiting thousands of learners.

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