Schools get boost of R15 million

2016-10-12 06:00
 CUTTING a ribbon during the official handing over of the computer lab are, from the left, Dean Zwo Nevhutalu (Kagiso Trust trustee), Tate Makgoe (MEC of the Department of Education), Ntediseng Mohale (chairperson of the school governing body) and Diepela Molefe (principal of the Sekgompepe Primary School). Photo: Tladi Moloi

CUTTING a ribbon during the official handing over of the computer lab are, from the left, Dean Zwo Nevhutalu (Kagiso Trust trustee), Tate Makgoe (MEC of the Department of Education), Ntediseng Mohale (chairperson of the school governing body) and Diepela Molefe (principal of the Sekgompepe Primary School). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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QWAQWA. – The Kagiso Trust, in partnership with the Department of Education, handed over infrastructure worth more than R15 million to 12 schools in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, specifically in Qwaqwa, on Thursday (06/10) and Friday (07/10).

The infrastructure included physical science labs, computer labs and libraries.

The Masopha Secondary School received a newly-built Physical Science laboratory, the Letlotlo Primary School a new computer centre, while the Lesaoana Intermediate School and the Lesaoana Primary School received newly built library structures.

Renovated computer labs were also officially handed over to the Tsheseng Primary School, Sekgompepe Intermediate School, Namoha Primary School, Sentinel Primary School, Hlajoane Secondary School, Selebalo Primary School, Shoeshoe Primary School and the Selebalo Primary School.

Diepela Molefe, principal of the Sekgompepe Intermediate School, could not hide his emotions when a renovated computer lab, equipped with 40 computers, was officially handed over to his school.

“The computer lab will not only serve to teach the learners Computer Application Technology, but also other subjects,” he said.

He said they would make sure that the lab was being utilised in a good way.

“Our learners will have access to the internet and that will make their job easy when they have to do research.”

The Kagiso Trust’s (KT) Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) was jointly launched with the Free State Department of Education in 2007, initially targetting ten of the poorest performing schools in the district.

That number later increased to 166 as part of KT and the Department’s commitment to improving education, which KT views as the foundation of economic transformation.

“Education is the most sustainable way in which we can transform and support our families.

“We as Kagiso Trust could have chosen to take this journey on our own. However, we saw the need to partner with government. In the beginning, we chose the most underdeveloped and underperforming ten schools. To date, in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District, we have invested over R170 million,” said KT trustee Dean Zwo Nevhutalu.

Tate Makgoe, the Free State MEC for Education, said their marriage with KT was the best.

“When they were busy with this project, we had money problems, but they never waited for our money and kept on working. We are happy that with Kagiso Trust, we have managed to close a gap between the rich and the poor learners. They can all access computers now at a tender age,” he said.

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