LEPHALALE — Southey Contracting, a subsidiary of Southey Holdings (Pty) Ltd, handed over a cheque of R50 000 to Sedibeng School in Lephalale on Wednesday 21 February. Southey is a contracting company at Medupi Power Station with an open heart for community involvement.
This generous donation was the result of a wish list sent to Eskom by acting school principal, Mrs M Malepa. She expressed the school’s challenges and needs – including the cultivation of a vegetable garden – in the wish list and Southey Contracting responded positively to the request. They appropriated the money for a much needed vegetable garden that involves irrigation, a garden shed and the plants for the garden.
Mrs Malepa says the vegetable garden serves a dual purpose for the school. It will ensure daily healthy balanced meals with fresh vegetables out of the garden. The learners can also work in the garden to learn the much needed skills that they can apply later in their lives.
“I’m thrilled and grateful that money has been made available to ultimately carry out the project,” she said. Mrs Malepa added that it is a great day in the school’s history. She thanked Southey Contracting for the support and said that the school wants to maintain their good relationship with Eskom and Southey and she undertook to keep them posted on the progress of the project. She indicated that the school wants to start with the project in the near future.
Mrs HP Mabotja, Ellisras Circuit Officer of Education, attended the event and she expressed her gratitude for such a great gesture. She said she believes in this particular project and that it is a long term investment. “I will be the first to taste the veggies,” she said tongue in the cheek.
Jaco du Bruyn, Quality Control and Quality Assurance Manager, said on behalf of Southey that they are privileged to be involved with Sedibeng School in such an inspiring way. He said they believe the vegetable garden will be a great asset to the school. Another contractor, CPGP, also donated R20 000 for the said project. Contractors for the project are already appointed.