Langa High School recently opened its doors to a spanking new hall, thanks to the Garden Cities Archway Foundation.The foundation worked closely with Collaboration Schools Funders to bring the building into fruition.John Matthews, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Garden Cities Archway Foundation, said this was the 77th school hall that the foundation has completed and it is the 48th hall that they have done in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in the past 14 years.Matthews said so far, they have spent in excess of R260 million on school halls, science labs and bursaries and intend to have built the 100th school hall by 2019, to coincide with their centenary of existence as a housing development company.“I must stress that we are not in the business of doing hand-outs, nor will we ever be. Schools and communities must take ownership of their destinies and it is only through sheer commitment from school staff and governing bodies and all other support structures that we can lift our children out of the abyss of our past. We could talk for hours on end on how we will be able to solve all the challenges in our country. But at the end of the day, it is about changing the mindset of our youth and educating them,” Matthews said. The hall cost R6.2 million, of which the WCED contributed R2.7 million and the Archway Foundation R3.2 million. The school contributed R250 000 through its other main sponsors.Principal Mrwebi Magugu, said the hall will also be utilised by residents in the area.“We feel that this day is a success. This hall means a lot to us as the school and Langa community. We had to delay the opening of the hall because of circumstances and we could not allow the community to utilise it before it was opened They will now be able to use it,” Magugu said.Mzwakhe Teyise, deputy chairperson for School Governing Body (SGB), thanked all those who made the building of the hall possible and said it will go a long way in helping the school and community.The event was also attended by principals from other local schools.