PetroSA builds state of the art facilities for Kimberley Primary School
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PetroSA, South Africa’s National Oil Company (NOC), has come to the aid of the historically-disadvantaged Reneilwe Primary, ensuring the school is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
Dikobe Ben Martins, the Minister of Energy, officially handed-over to Reneilwe Primary School a fully-equipped computer centre, a multi-purpose sports court and newly revamped ablution facilities. The facilities were built by PetroSA at a cost of R1, 7 million.
Two years ago PetroSA resolved to assist two Galeshewe, Kimberley, schools with R6 million to develop infrastructure at the centres of learning. Reneilwe and Boitshoko primary schools were the beneficiaries of the PetroSA donation.
A 650 square meter school hall, able to accommodate a maximum of 700 learners is being constructed at Boitshoko Primary. Construction is expected to be completed before the end of May 2014.
Zama Luthuli, PetroSA’s Vice-President for Corporate Affairs and Shared Services, said the NOC has an obligation to support the development of historically-disadvantaged communities.
“At PetroSA we understand and support the notion that we all have a duty to develop our country, especially those less fortunate. Through our dynamic Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme we are able to lend a helping hand to communities in need. We know that our generous contribution to Reneilwe is an investment in the future of our country,” Ms Luthuli said.
Michael Seliane, the principal of Reneilwe Primary School, said the upgrades were a timely intervention.
“We thank PetroSA for the facilities. The status of the school has been enhanced through the provision of these facilities. These facilities will ensure that our learners find school a lot more interesting from now on,” he said.
PetroSA manages a vigorous Corporate Social Investment programme to assist with development in historically disadvantaged communities. The PetroSA CSI programme supports projects in the areas of education, health, women’s empowerment, community development and environmental restoration. The NOC has spent over R300 million on CSI projects in the past ten years.