School gets brand new kitchen

2016-02-17 06:00
PICTURED during the handover from the are Esley Kisto (district director, Frances Baard), Robertson Themba (Old Mutual’s provincial general manager), Dr Michell Ismail (deputy director: general curriculum, examination and assessment), Cynthia Modise (chief director: school management administration and support), Nene Motshelo (school principal), Tony Merementsi (circuit manager in Frances Baard), Keamogetse Landu (SGB member), Japtha Kenneth and Dubios Koatlhai from Old Mutual, June Grey (head of ministry) and Tebogo Tau (learner social support and chief educational specialist).  Photo: Supplied

PICTURED during the handover from the are Esley Kisto (district director, Frances Baard), Robertson Themba (Old Mutual’s provincial general manager), Dr Michell Ismail (deputy director: general curriculum, examination and assessment), Cynthia Modise (chief director: school management administration and support), Nene Motshelo (school principal), Tony Merementsi (circuit manager in Frances Baard), Keamogetse Landu (SGB member), Japtha Kenneth and Dubios Koatlhai from Old Mutual, June Grey (head of ministry) and Tebogo Tau (learner social support and chief educational specialist). Photo: Supplied

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THE principal of Pampierstad High School, Nene Motshelo, felt greatly humbled by Old Mutual’s support when the company handed over a newly installed kitchen on Friday (05/02).

“We hope that the health of our children will improve to acceptable standards as from today. We have been operating in an unhealthy environment and today we take a step closer to a better future full of new possibilities,” added Motshelo.

More than 1 000 learners from Pampierstad High School in the Northern Cape will now benefit from nutritious meals prepared in the kitchen, thanks to the collaboration of the department of education’s National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) with Old Mutual.

According to the company, it is keen on providing more of these kitchen facilities nationally, as it will serve more than one purpose.

Partnership with other companies will also allow it to provide a truly off-grid kitchen solution.

Usage of solar energy and water-from-air technology, less reliance on municipal electricity and reduced water usage are some of the benefits of these green kitchens.

It was further pointed out that grey water from the kitchens can also be used to irrigate schools’ food gardens.

According to Old Mutual, the Green Kitchens Project is now in its third year and aims to mobilise resources and tackle infrastructure problems at schools that serve South Africa’s disadvantaged communities.

Altogether 100 pairs of school shoes were also donated to underprivileged learners of the school in addition to the kitchen facilities.

Old Mutual’s Robertson Themba explained that Old Mutual is committed to contributing positively to communities and investing responsibly in a greater future for South Africa.

“This is an intervention that goes to the core of South Africa’s pressing need for food security and improved child nutrition and education. Fully-equipped and self-contained kitchen units at under-resourced schools will ensure that disadvantaged learners have at least one hot meal a day,” Themba said.

The company further revealed its involvement in various educational projects nationwide to empower and equip communities with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to become self-reliant and sustainable.

Two other schools in the province, Boesmanland High School in Pofadder and Petrusville High School in Petrusville, are also reported to have benefitted from Old Mutual’s involvement.

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