MARAPONG — Murray & Roberts Power and Energy (MRPE) is very passionate about education as an enabler to change lives.
MRPE fulfilled their Mandela Day commitment that they made on 18 July 2017 to hand over school uniforms on Monday 22 January 2018. The handing over ceremony was held at the SAVF One Stop Drop-in Centre in Marapong.
School uniforms were handed over to orphan learners from Ditheku and Nelsonskop Primary Schools, and Tielelo and Phegelego Secondary Schools.
According to Charl Clarke, Operations Manager at MRPE, he and his team decided to follow a different approach than everyone else does for Mandela Day each year. “We looked at the needs of our community and we saw children as those most in need. MRPE can be the family that you don’t have,” Clarke said.
He explained that they decided to do their Mandela Day commitment in the first month in the New Year, because school children have many needs in the beginning of a new school year.
“We take education very seriously, but it is all about your dedication of what you want to become and do with your life,” he said.
Clarke continued by saying that since Murray & Roberts came to Lephalale in 2008, they tried to “pay it forward”. They provided work for more than 1 000 unemployed apprentices. He said these apprentices are living in the local communities and he trusts that they will pay it forward.
Clarke emphasized that there are two important things in life that no one can take away from you, your integrity and education. “Always do the right thing, even it is unpopular.”
Mr Kwena Mabutla, HR/IR Manager at MHPSA, thanked everyone who assisted in raising the orphan children and for loving them as their own. “I do not have enough words of thanks to the leaders of the SAVF One Stop Drop-in Centre in Marapong. They are doing very special work under difficult circumstances,” he said.
His message to the children was: “Use all the opportunities to improve your lives. You must remember this day 20 years from now.”