Lifalethu goes mobile

Having made an impression from this single visit, the school received the favour of this collaborative investment.

The Bulletin Newspaper

Lifalethu Primary School received two mobile classrooms and lavatories on 9 March 2018. The pristine facilities are the product of a collaboration between SASOL and WBHO Construction.
The official handover of the new installations was a joyous event for the school, beginning with a thundering welcome from the school’s majorettes, and ending off with performances from the choir and gumboot dancers. These festivities were punctuated by formal addresses from representatives of all parties involved.
Mr Pat Kolobe, the principal of Lifalethu, made special mention to Mags Naidoo, the WBHO contractor whom he described as overwhelmingly dedicated to overseeing the project.
The donation of the facilities began with a request that was made in 2017. “I was intrigued and decided to investigate the request by making an unannounced visit to the school,” said Naidoo. “I was really impressed by the excellent management of the school, and despite the learning environment, I could see the passion of the educators and the hunger for knowledge by the little ones.”
Having made an impression from this single visit, the school received the favour of this collaborative investment. The project maintained the same orderly organisation that the school itself has, and was completed on time, within normal safety regulations, and involved only local subcontractors. “This successful collaboration is the result of passionate leadership by the senior management from SASOL and WBHO,” Naidoo said.
Speaking in the Mayor’s absence, Sakhile Mahlangu called the initiative a seed that was sown. “What has been planted here today will, even for future generations, always be part of the identity of eMbalenhle’s society,” he said. As such, he went on, the term ‘investment’ was an ideal way of describing the handover, since the community would continue to reap its benefits for years to come.
Dr Vilakazi, a representative of the Mpumalanga Department of Education, emphasised the importance of the culture in which young children receive their education, suggesting that this donation was the beginning of a positive culture of learning. As the mobile classrooms are intended for facilitating Grade R classes, Dr Vilakazi viewed the investment as a necessary grassroots contribution to the growth of students who would eventually acquire responsibility, morality and maturity. – Rorisang Rathebe


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