A Key do­na­tion for school

Two new class­rooms do­nated to Siyanda Sec­ondary and funded by GM Childlife Foun­da­tion

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PUPILS at a semi-ru­ral school in KwaZulu-Natal have more room to grow this year, thanks to two new class­rooms do­nated by Key Group Pi­eter­mar­itzburg through the GM Childlife Foun­da­tion.

The new class­rooms at Siyanda Sec­ondary School, in the im­pov­er­ished peri-ur­ban Sweet­wa­ters area out­side Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, were of­fi­cially handed over to the school on Fri­day, Jan­uary 23, just in time for the start of the new school year.

Prin­ci­pal Selby Mad­lala said en­rol­ments had mush­roomed to more than 1 100 last year, putting a tight squeeze on space for pupils and teach­ers.

“We are in dire need of th­ese class­rooms.

“The Key Group’s as­sis­tance re­ally means a lot to the school,” Mad­lala said.

The R400 000 project was funded by the GM Childlife Foun­da­tion, an ini­tia­tive of Gen­eral Mo­tors South Africa (GMSA) and its dealer net­work.

The man­u­fac­tur­ing gi­ant and its more than 130 deal­ers across South Africa con­trib­ute to the foun­da­tion for ev­ery ve­hi­cle sold, re­sult­ing in over R12 mil­lion in support to more than 10 000 chil­dren and 54 projects coun­try­wide since 2010.

Key Pi­eter­mar­itzburg man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Hall-Jones said the do­na­tion to Siyanda Sec­ondary was part of the deal­er­ship’s wider cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme.

In ad­di­tion to so­cial out­reach and men­tal health, the Key Group sup­ports three ru­ral schools with maths de­vel­op­ment, teach­ing re­sources and train­ing through the Masi­ham­bisane out­reach pro­gramme of Grace Col­lege in Hil­ton. “By part­ner­ing with Grace Col­lege’s out­reach pro­gramme, we are en­sur­ing di­rect de­liv­ery of ef­fort and fund­ing to chil­dren in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties where it is most needed,” Hall-Jones said.

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Of­fi­cially open­ing the two new class­rooms at Siyanda Sec­ondary School are school prin­ci­pal Selby Mad­lala (left) and Gen­eral Mo­tors SA cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Gishma John­son, with Key Pi­eter­mar­itzburg MD Mike Hall-Jones and chair­per­son of GM Childlife Foun­da­tion Colin Cowie.

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