A R100 000 donation from Standard Bank to Kwasola Primary School on Monday had pupils and staff rejoicing.
According to principal Ntombikayise Mhlongo the money will be used to build a new classroom.
She said the classroom would double up as a hall which would not only benefit the school, but the community as well.
“We need a hall to host events, so it would benefit our school as well as the community who can use it when they need too,” she said.
The 30-year-old school, which has 252 pupils in Grades R to 7, was visited by Mandeni mayor Siphesihle Zulu, Standard Bank provincial head Toy Mzimela, ward five councillor Xolani Mdletshe, Standard Bank provincial manager public sector banking Nelisiwe Mkhize, members of the school governing body (SGB), parents, pupils and staff during the sod turning ceremony on Monday.
Mhlongo said the donation was a result of a cordial relationship between the school and Toy Mzimela.
“Mzimela is a local resident. Actually, he is a neighbour of our school. He recently used the school grounds for several family occasions.
“That is how the relationship between the school and Mzimela was formed,” said Mhlongo.
Speaking on behalf of the parents and the Mathonsi Traditional Authority, chairperson of the SGB, Thulani Sibiya said: “I would like to thank Standard Bank for responding to our appeal for assistance.”
Mzimela said the mayor, as well as the school principal, had made several appeals to him to see if Standard Bank could assist the Mandeni community.
“We as Standard Bank then decided to sponsor this school so they can build a classroom.
“We have donated the money and the school will be responsible for ensuring that the construction of the classroom goes accordingly,” said Mzimela.
He said for Standard Bank such a donation is a key corporate social investment since some members of the community utilise their services and some end up being their employees.
Mandeni mayor, Zulu said he is pleased by this donation since it is being made to a school, and in South Africa education is a priority.
He said this is an example of how the private sector can play a pivotal role in rural development.
“Rural areas are plagued by several social ills, but through education there can be peace, poverty can be eradicated and levels of unemployment can be reduced,” said Zulu.
He said since Mzimela is a local who has been a success story in the corporate world he would surely inspire the young pupils in the area.