Mine com­mu­nity up­lifted

Vuk'uzenzele - - Education - No­luthando Motswai

BET­TER QUAL­ITY ed­u­ca­tion can be achieved if there is co-op­er­a­tion be­tween gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor.

The com­mu­nity of Marup­ing vil­lage in Atok, Lim­popo, are ben­e­fit­ting from a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship be­tween gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor.

Bokoni Plat­inum Mine in­vested more than R8 mil­lion in com­mu­nity projects that aim to im­prove the lives of the peo­ple liv­ing close to the mine.

The projects in­clude a re­fur­bished ad­min­is­tra­tion block at Mahudu Pri­mary School in Ga-Nk­wana, an early child­hood cen­tre in Ga-Selepe and an ac­cess bridge in Ga-Man­ot­wane.

Speak­ing at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the projects, Lim­popo MEC for Ed­u­ca­tion Ish­mael Kget­jepe said the projects will go a long way to­wards im­prov­ing the com­mu­nity.

“Th­ese dona­tions by the mine are a gift born out of a re­al­i­sa­tion that ed­u­ca­tion is the foun­da­tion of a suc­cess­ful and pros­per­ous na­tion, like South Africa as­pires to be. It is also born out of a re­al­i­sa­tion that with­out har­ness­ing youth power through ed­u­ca­tion, our gains which did not come about eas­ily, can be eas­ily re­versed.”

Kget­jepe said the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan has premised most of its ob­jec­tives on the de­liv­ery of world-class ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren.

“We have to work to­gether to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of learn­ing in con­tribut­ing to­wards progress and de­vel­op­ment in our com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing th­ese fast-chang­ing times,” said MEC Kget­jepe.

The MEC also called on the com­mu­nity to look af­ter the new fa­cil­i­ties.

“There can be more of th­ese, but we have to pro­tect what we have from var­i­ous forms of van­dal­ism.”

Bokoni spokesper­son, Ken­neth Mbewe said im­ple­ment­ing projects that pro­mote the well­be­ing of the com­mu­nity is in line with the mine’s plans.

“We also utilised lo­cal small busi­nesses in or­der to grow the lo­cal econ­omy and cre­ate jobs for lo­cal peo­ple. Of all the com­pleted projects, each one was con­structed by a lo­cal en­tre­pre­neur through our Small, Medium and mi­cro-sized En­ter­prises de­vel­op­ment and sup­port pro­gramme,” said Mbewe.

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