South32 hands over newly built school to Department of Basic Education

South32 Hotazel ​​Manganese Mines has handed over the new Rearata Primary School to the Northern Cape Basic Education Department and the community of Vergenoeg Village.

The R20m School is part of South32’s Social and Labor Plan (SLP) commitment and will enrich the community by providing top-notch educational facilities, including 14 newly constructed classrooms with an R-level learning center dedicated and a total capacity of 500 learners.

The plan aims to improve the quality of life of host communities and ensure their sustainability beyond the life of the mine. To date, South32 Hotazel ​​Manganese Mines has spent over R64 million under its current SLP which ends in June 2023.

The facilities at Rearata Primary School include a library, a fully equipped computer centre, a nutrition block to provide meals to learners, sanitary facilities and an administration block.

According to the company, “the school was in a state of disrepair before the reconstruction and previously contained asbestos, potentially putting learners and educators at risk”. The school was rebuilt by a local 100% black-owned contractor and the construction phase created over 40 temporary jobs for the local community.

Other educational projects supported by South32 Hotazel ​​Manganese Mines in the Northern Cape include the R3.3m robotics program which has been rolled out to 12 schools in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district as well as the maths and science program which offers additional lessons for secondary school learners. within the neighborhood.

South32’s Acting Vice President of Operations, Barry Bezuidenhout, said, “The rearata primary school handover is an important project for South32 and is a tangible example of a strategic partnership in action in terms of respect for SLP commitments.

“These partnerships benefit the local community, its inhabitants and especially its young people. It also brings together the private and public sectors, local businesses and the Ministry of Education to achieve an end goal which is to provide a better future and brighter prospects for the community.

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David A. Albanese