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Thu Apr 17 20:45:27 SAST 2014

Ramaphosa adopts another school, funds R1m facility

THANDO MGAGA | 11 February, 2013 00:07
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa
Image by: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, through his company Shanduka Group, donated a R1-million state-of-the-art Grade R facility to a struggling school in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.

Ramaphosa, accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and education MEC Senzo Mchunu, officially opened the two fully furnished classrooms to be used by 150 Grade R pupils at Mbonisweni Primary School in Hambanathi township in Tongaat.

The facility has flushing toilets, a sick bay and a jungle gym.

Ramaphosa announced he hadadopted the school. His company, together with his Adopt-A-School Foundation, would take care of all its needs.

"We are committed to making sure that we support the school and its educators in every way we can. We want the school to be the best in KwaZulu-Natal. We will invest money and sweat to ensure that effective education takes place here and that the school achieves great results," Ramaphosa said.

The businessman has adopted more than 40 schools in KwaZulu-Natal and 170 throughout the country. He has adopted three schools in Lesotho and one in Mozambique.

He said all Shanduka employees had pledged to contribute to the improvement of schools by donating some of their salaries.

The mining magnate said strengthening public-private partnerships would go a long way in improving education. He invited other companies to partner with government in similar projects.

"If you don't get [education] right in Grade R, everything you do as educators would be remedial. That is why such a facility is important."

Ramaphosa said the centre was built by parents and the community. Motshekga said KwaZulu-Natal had the most Grade R pupils.

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