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A newly refurbished state of the art laboratory was officially handed over to Raymond Mhlaba Secondary school in Tshepisong , on Wednesday 08 June, through a strategic collaboration between Harmony mine and SAME Foundation, SA Medical and Education Foundation.
The fully equipped physical science laboratory was made possible by Harmony mine which funded the refurbishment of the state of the art facility. The school-lab now allows more than 30 pupils per class, to fully engage in the science curriculum and carry out experiments in a safe environment.
The mine has adopted a corporate social investment strategy that focuses on several sectors including education; sports, arts and culture; welfare and humanitarian aid; health infrastructure and the environment. The opening day was a festive one with guests and learners being entertained by students and young aspiring engineers.
Harmony Gold mine Chief Executive Officer(CEO), Peter Steenkamp, noted that with the shortage of scientists and engineers nationally, the refurbished facility will encourage learners to follow careers in maths and science subjects. “During an assessment visit to Raymond Mhlaba Secondary school by members of Harmony’s Corporate Social Investment department, it was found that there was a lack of appropriate science resources and equipment to enable learners to effectively conduct their practical activities. The infrastructure was also not conducive to a safe learning environment with cracked flooring, ceiling as well as broken furniture”.
In collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Education, Harmony agreed to upgrade the laboratory to provide learners and educators access to the necessary resources in order for them to follow the science curriculum effectively”, added Steenkamp.
The new laboratory incorporates a range of new features including a well fitted desk layout, which allows space for the teacher to circulate freely and easily, reducing the lines of communication.
SAME Foundation representative, Tyrone Pols, mentioned that the he non-profit organization raises funds and manages corporate social investment allocations to improve the health and education environment to improve the health and education environment.
“The SAME Foundation has created a platform whereby private and corporate donors can make a tangible and sustainable difference with their funds”, added Pols.
Criteria used to select Raymond Mhlaba Secondary school included the manners in which the school is run, as well as their asset management abilities. Harmony Gold mine has a long tradition of interventions that uplift communities surrounding its mining operations.
A plaque marking the dedication of the new school was unveiled by Gauteng Department district director, Lehlohonolo Ramokhoase and Harmony Gold CEO, Peter Steenkamp at the end of the ceremony. Also bracing the occasion were Harmony Doornkop General Manager Seromo Mofokeng, Harmony Corporate Affairs Executive Director Mashego Mashego as well as Organised Labour representatives.
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