Sasol Inzalo Foundation Ploughs Back to School!
Education gives us knowledge of the world around us and it helps us build opinions and have points of view about issues of life. It is not only just about lessons in textbooks, but also practical skills that will open doors and create opportunities in order to better our lives.
Technical schools provide the necessary practical skills to learners although many of these schools lack technical equipment, such as welding machines and computers. On the 21st of April 2017, Sasol Inzalo Foundation took it upon itself to donate technical equipment worth over 50 million rand to Iketsetseng Secondary School. This event took place at Iketsetseng Secondary School in Zamdela Sasolburg. By the end of June this year, this project will be completed and more than four workshops at Iketsetseng will be fully equipped and up and running according to Sasol Inzalo’s Dr Cynthia Malinga. Iketsetseng School is one of the five schools set as a benchmark in the country where this project will take place. Iketsetseng has been identified to pilot the project in the country and it has already started.
According to Dr Malinga, the equipment will expose learners from Grade 8 to 12 into various technical fields such as welding, mechanical, electrical engineering and many other fields. She further indicated that it will equip learners with the necessary skills to prepare them straight for the workplace and need not to attend any TVET college after completing Grade 12. This serves as an advantage to the learners as they would not have to go to TVET colleges because they would have already acquired the skills taught at the school. This also allows them to start their own companies and create job opportunities for other people, meaning we are also grooming them to become entrepreneurs, indicates Dr Malinga.
Among the people who attended the event was the Chief Education Specialist Mr Motumi from Fezile Dabi District and Executive Mayor of Metsimaholo Local Municipality Cllr. Sello Hlasa, who encouraged learners and the community to take good care of the equipment because it will not just help learners but also the community at large in terms of enhancing skills and making a difference in the community. This initiative will also impact on the social and economic transformation of our area, indicates Mayor Hlasa. He further indicated that the municipality will work hand in hand with the police, Community Police Forum (CPF), community at large and the school to make sure that the school is safe and secure.
The chairperson of the SGB at Iketsetseng School, Mrs D. Ngubentombi together with the principal of the school Mr P. Sedi praised Sasol Inzalo Foundation for this educational initiative and huge investment in the educational system. She and the principal further indicated that they are very thankful for this investment in their school and that they hope that Sasol carry on investing in the future of the future generation.
From Left to Right: Dr G. Alberts (Communications Manager at Metsimaholo municipality), Ms. D. Ntsala (Deputy Principal of Iketsetseng Comprehensive School), Cllr S. Hlasa (Executive Mayor of Metsimaholo municipality), Dr C.Malinga (Sasol Inzalo Foundation), Mr P.Sedi (Principal of Iketsetseng Comprehensive School), Mr. Madisha (Sasol Inzalo Foundation), Mr K. Motumi (Education Dept, CES at Fezile Dabi District), Dr Tshabalala (Circuit Manager, Education Dept, Fezile Dabi District).