Diversified miner South32 and its subsidiary Hotazel Manganese Mines have handed over a newly built primary school called Rearata to the Northern Cape Department of Basic Education.
The R20 million school is part of South32’s social plan and work commitments and will enrich the community in the village of Vergenoeg by providing educational facilities. The school has 14 classrooms to accommodate 500 learners and a dedicated Grade R learning center.
The school also has a library, computer center and nutrition block to provide meals for learners.
Rearata Primary was in a dilapidated state prior to reconstruction and previously contained asbestos, which posed a health risk to learners and educators.
South32 says education is one of four focus areas in its approach to community investment, all of which speak to building sustainable communities for generations to come.
The company also has other educational projects in the Northern Cape, including a R3.3 million robotics program, which has been rolled out to 12 schools in John Taolo Gaetsewe district.
South32 has spent R64 million under its current SLP, which ends in June 2023.
In a statement released by South32, the Minister for Basic Education Angie Motshekga recognizes the value of this investment for learners in the region, saying she appreciates when businesses come together to make an impact in communities.