MHPSA supports

MHPSA, Eskom Medupi and the Department of Education’s delegates handing over the donated uniforms to Skuinskloof Primary and learners, happily displaying their donated uniforms, posing with their principal Ms Chilwanety

LEPHALALE — Eskom Medupi Project, through its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Department, joined hands with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (Pty) Ltd (MHPSA) and its subcontractors in donating school uniforms, sanitary towels, computers, and a mobile library to Skuinskloof Primary School.
On Tuesday 29 August 2017, the power plant construction companies assembled at Skuinskloof Primary School, Skuinskloof Farm, where they were welcomed by colourful performances by the learners. Welcoming the guests, the principal, Ms Christina Chilwane, described the rich heritage of the school and her journey in the advancement of the schooling system: “The school was officially opened in 1960. It is an old school, and it certainly needed support, as the premises now suffer from wear and tear,” she said.
Skuinskloof Primary School is situated about 60 km outside Lephalale on the R33 road to Vaalwater. It is a government-funded school, catering for 115 (Grade R to Grade 7) learners whose parents or guardians are mostly farm workers or are unemployed. Due to their parents’ or guardians’ financial status, most of the learners at Skuinskloof have inadequate uniforms or no uniforms at all. This state of affairs not only affects the learners concerned, but also the educators.
Mr Bongani Mthembu, Corporate Chief Officer (CCO) of MHPSA, handed over the donated school uniforms (to the value of R86 189,36), three laptops, a desktop computer, and 80 packs of disposable sanitary towels, expressing his sentiments as follows: “The benefits of enriching the young ones, giving them the ability to carry on their schooling activities accordingly, that is what we companies need to invest in to empower these young minds.”
In support of the CCO, the site Project Director for MHPSA, Mr Frank Sweeney, committed that the company, together with its subcontractors, would be refurbishing the school: “This is to ensure that the schooling facilities become conducive for schooling activities to take place.” He also urged the youth to invest their time in reading, mentioning his favourite quote about reading while handing over a mobile library and books donated by their subcontractor Dekra: “When you are in primary school, you learn how to read, and when you are old, you read to learn.”
Ms Chilwane acknowledged the gifts, stating that the support that these companies had shown and committed themselves to would go a long way in advancing their schooling system, which was something that she had advocated throughout her 35 year long career at this school, starting at the tender age of 22.
Representing the Medupi Project, Mr Musa Langa, Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Relations, applauded the contribution of MHPSA, as well as the call for support that the other contractors responded to: “We, as a collective, working towards building the much-needed project for electricity supply, also have a responsibility to empower the communities in which we work. Today, our contractors demonstrated the responsibility that we have, which is to empower the dreams of our future leaders,” he concluded.

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