Millions raised at special dinner

2016-06-30 06:00
Mandla Mkhwanazi (KZN Science Centre Board- Transnet Soc), MEC Sihle Zikalala, Erlene Olivier (Transnet Maritime School of Excellence), Councillor Logie Naidoo (eThekwini Municipality). Photo: SUPPLIED

Mandla Mkhwanazi (KZN Science Centre Board- Transnet Soc), MEC Sihle Zikalala, Erlene Olivier (Transnet Maritime School of Excellence), Councillor Logie Naidoo (eThekwini Municipality). Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE KZN Science Centre Benefit Fund-raiser Dinner was held at the Oyster Box recently
The event attracted the attendance of MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Honorable Sihle Zikalala. Councillor Logie Naidoo, speaker of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, TV personality and Idols judge Randall Abrahams, MiCasa and over 70 guests from corporate South Africa, private businesses, philanthropists and other stakeholders of the education facility.
The audience combination resulted in an amount of over R20 million in funded support and contributions through partnerships, infrastructural agreements and pro bono service offerings.

The evening’s proceedings were directed­ by TV personality Randall Abrahams, who included the keynote address by Sihle Zikalala as well as special remarks by Councillor Logie Naidoo. Zikalala spoke of the growing developments within the province and how support for organisations like the KZN Science Centre plays an integral role in uplifting local communities and creating a platform for contributing towards citizens of tomorrow.
“I commend the exceptional work of the KZN Science Centre through the chairman Sunil Geness, the board, acting CEO Ms Nazley Giquel and the team, as Government cannot do it all alone. The difference is that this Organisation caters not only for the urban area where it is based but also the deep rural communities far removed from exposure to libraries and modern laboratories.
“These schools have seen tremendous improvements in results due to interventions of the KZN science Centre. This means that the youth who would not have been exposed to science and technology, are being given a valuable opportunity to receive support complimentary to the schools curriculum,” said Zikalala.

Councillor Naidoo highlighted that “the growing importance of science and technology education was critical in creating an egalitarian society. The municipality was set to engage in large-scale projects that required scientists, engineers and a technologically literate workforce. To this end, the work of the KZN Science Centre is seen as pivotal to accelerating the optimal skills in the region”.

Over the years the KZN Science Centre has been making huge strides in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) advancement. The rapid evolution of the organisation has seen the beneficiary base grow from 40 000 per annum to over 160 000 in 2015 alone.
Mobile science centres through the outreach programme has meant that STEM programmes have been extended into the most rural KZN.
“This is an exciting moment for The KZN Science Centre as we prepare to transition into a new era, one that is demonstrating sustained collaborations with the private, public and all three tiers of governmental. The magnanimity of corporates, philanthropists and private business, indicates to us that our new strategy of having a central hub, extending into regional spokes across KZN to cater for youth of all economic backgrounds is fully validated. KZN has the largest population and its school-going children deserve world-class STEM educational programmes,” said Sunil Geness Chairperson of the KZN Science Centre board.

Donors included Transnet, global software giant SAP Africa, Sibaya Trust, Vodacom, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the Geness Foundation, Mr & Mrs Alvin Pather, Mr Mandla Mkhwanazi, Ms Dolly Msimang and a host of other private donors.

The KZN Science Centre, a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO #064-359-NPO), offers a great variety of educational and event facilities for the promotion and awareness of science. As a registered non-profit organisation, all funds received by the KZN Science Centre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits.

Those who wish to become part of the KZN Science Centre’s online community are encouraged to “Like” KZN ScienCentre on Facebook, follow @KZNScienCentre on Twitter, or visit the KZN Science Centre website at www.kznsc.org .As a registered non-profit organisation, all funds received by the KZN Science Centre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits. For further inquiries contact 031 830 5380.

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