Classroom boost for Mvuzane Primary School

Watching Inkosi Zwelezinduna Biyela (right) opening the door of one of the new classrooms are Nkonzo Mhlongo (Tongaat Hulett Socio-Economic Development Manager), Steven Saunders (Tongaat Hulett Director), Suzanne Edmunds (CEO Project Build) and Bhekinkosi Madida (Mvuzane Primary School Principal) PHOTO: Larry Bentley

THERE were celebrations in the hills outside eShowe when Tongaat Hulett, in partnership with The

Jobs Fund and Ingonyama Trust, opened two Grade R classrooms at the Mvuzane Primary School.
The classrooms were officially handed over to the school last Wednesday. Tongaat Hulett invested R623 000 towards construction of the classrooms, which were built over a two-month period, to
alleviate crowding and promote an environment conducive to learning and development.
Despite the prevailing challenges relating to the overcrowding, Mvuzane Primary School was identified by the Department of Education as one of the best performing schools in the community.
‘The initiative forms part of a collaboration agreement with the Ingonyama Trust to assist rural
learners and educators to access quality school infrastructure,’ said Nkonzo Mhlongo, Socio- Economic Development Manager at Tongaat Hulett.
‘The initiative also forms part of a partnership arrangement with The Jobs Fund to assist rural communities improve their quality of life through a wide range of initiatives, including infrastructure development projects as well as education and training projects.’
Inkosi Zwelezinduna Biyela said the school needed help as it struggled with 40 learners crammed into a single classroom. ‘Grade R learners will be receiving individual attention from teachers now that the issue of overcrowding has been resolved,’ said Inkosi Biyela.
‘We applaud Tongaat Hulett for their generosity and we are grateful for their support in ensuring learners will now receive a dignified education.’
Principal Bhekinkosi Madida said the school was established in 1970 and is the oldest in the
community. The school has 15 educators and 466 learners, with most residents depending on social grants to survive.


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Larry Bentley
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