New classrooms relieve crowding

2016-10-05 06:00
CHIEF PAULOS MOLOI, member of the Free State House of Traditional Leaders, hands over the mobile classroom keys to Thulisile Mncube, principal at the Morena Tsohilsi Moloi II Intermediate Scool in the Makgolokoeng village outside Harrismith.

CHIEF PAULOS MOLOI, member of the Free State House of Traditional Leaders, hands over the mobile classroom keys to Thulisile Mncube, principal at the Morena Tsohilsi Moloi II Intermediate Scool in the Makgolokoeng village outside Harrismith.

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HARRISMITH. – The African Rainbow Minerals Free State Broad Based Economic Empowerment (ARM BBEE) Rural Upliftment Trust has donated three mobile classes with furniture to the value of R600 000 to the Morena Tsohilsi Moloi II Intermediate School in the Makgolokoeng village outside Harrismith.

The facilities were handed over to the school on Tuesday (27/09).

Apparently, the donation was given to the school following an application made by the Kgolokoe Development Trust.

The Kgolokoe Trust was established in 2010 with the aim of addressing the community needs within the area.

Chris Muller, the project manager of the ARM BBEE Rural Upliftment Trust, says they donated the classrooms after they found out that the existing classrooms were too crowded.

The school has registered a total of 1 045 learners from gr. R to gr. 7.

“The classrooms and seating were not adequate to accommodate all these learners,” he says.

The trust has assisted schools in the Free State before, but it was a first for Harri­smith.

Chief Paulos Moloi, member of the Free State House of Traditional Leaders, says helping the community is what the trust is about and that education is a main priority.

“Since our inception, we are delighted to have contributed to the development of the school. We want to make sure that the school gives the best education to our learners without unnecessary challenges,” he says.

He says they would love to see all learners going to school, because that was one of the opportunities that some of them never had because of apartheid.

“We should make sure that our learners are nurtured in the correct way, because they are the future.”

Thulisile Mncube, the school principal, expressed thanks to ARM for the donation. She says the donation would help them with the classes that were overcrowded in the past.

“We did not have offices, because we had to use them as classrooms at one stage. But with the current situation, we hope that will not happen again.

“I cannot thank ARM enough for what they have done for the school,” she says.

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