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Levana Primary School Lavender Hill school receives R1m windfall for library and hall

Levana, an impoverished primary school in Lavender Hill, today received a gift of R1m to build a library and school hall. In a ceremony held in the school playground, headmaster Andre Lamprecht was handed a cheque by The Albert Wessels Trust that will dramatically impact the entire community. 

The library will be shared with the community and will be the first in Lavender Hill. The Western Cape Government Fiber Optic Program includes these disadvantaged schools which means the library will also receive a high speed 100MB line.

Albert Wessels, speaking at the event, said, "I am priveleged to represent my grandfather's Trust to put education at the forefront of our minds. It doesn't stop with a bit of money and some bricks. At the end of the day it will be up to the children to ensure that his dream gets realised. Nelson Mandela always preached that education is the most important thing, and it will be up to you to study hard and benefit from these things and benefit the lives of those around you."

The initiative had been driven by Peter Venn, MD of Windlab Africa, after he became involved with the school in a mentoring program, Partners for Possibility, that saw him mentoring the principal Andre Lamprecht and assist with improving the school.

Venn explained: "A year ago we set two top level goals - to build a hall and library precinct - and also to introduce sport at the school. Today we've achieved the first real step towards one of those goals. What's exciting is that the Dept of Culture, Art and Sport (DCAS) has also pledged half a million rand for the interior of the hall. We thank them for that." 

Merlinda Abrahams of Partners for Possibility added, "Peter and Andre were introduced to each other a year ago, and they have now worked on a number of modules with the Partners for Possibility Program. Within their partnership they identified critical areas that need to be addressed in this school and this community. With Peter's help they were able to submit a request to Albert Wessels and this is the outcome today - a R1 000 000 cheque to Levana Primary. Quite amazing work in one year."

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Sophakama Primary School Simbulele's story

 Simbulele Mgengo was born in 2002 in the Eastern Cape in a village of Mhlopekazi.

At the age of 2 she lost her mom and her father was forced to relocate to the Western Cape, making the Dunoon Township their new home. True to Simbulele’s character, she embraced what life brought her way and made the most of every opportunity. She excelled in her school work and established herself as a top performer. She combined this with great friendships amongst her peers and it came as no surprise in 2014 when she was elected as Head girl of Sophakama Primary.

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St Anne's Primary School Early Leadership training for young students


On Thursday the 29th of April a select few learners from St Annes Primary School in Attridgeville learnt that leaders become great leaders not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. These are the words of John Maxwell, which are echoed in the Mount Riviere Stables.

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Tlakukani Primary The power of collaboration – Citizens create a Library for Tlakukani Primary School for Mandela Day


Sinenjongo High School Amazon Cares school transformation day at Sinenjongo High School

To view full project gallery, click here.

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Inkwenkwezi Secondary School Thank you for supporting Finishing Strong in 2014



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Kannemeyer Primary South African National Circus visit

On the 11th of February 2015, the students at Kannemeyer Primary school received a grand surprise. During break time, the students were asked to assemble in the school's parking lot. There they found a large red backdrop with the words 'SAN Circus" emblazoned on the front. After waiting in anticipation as the performers set up their material, the students were awarded for their patience with a fun-filled performance which included clowns, acrobats and flame throwers. A few Kannemeyer students were even given the opportunity to be part of the act. The pictures tell the story.


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Masakhane Tswelolepele Primary School New school uniforms for Masakhane Primary learners


In January 2015, just in time for the start of this school year, children of Masakhane Primary in Zandspruit were given a welcome surprise when new school uniforms were handed to them.

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Zonnebloem Boys Primary Zonnebloem Boys Primary School Sustainability Day 2014

Article by Heike Moore on behalf of Swiss Re Life.
Filled with enthusiasm and excitement, most of the Cape Town staff came to work on Monday 8 December, wearing their new t-shirts and eager to get started at either Zonnebloem Primary or Zonnebloem High School, depending which project they had signed up for. We are mindful of the ones that weren't able to join us due to deadlines & work commitments and look forward to hearing about their involvement with Chilanga Riding
School for the Disabled at the end of January!
The mission at Zonnebloem Primary School was to brighten up some walls with colorful murals. We used a company called See-Saw-Do who came and prepared the walls in advance so all we had to do on the day was color in the murals. Some went beyond the call of duty and were really creative by adding some personal touches to the murals!! What's really rewarding is that from the office we can see our newly created "granny" peaking through the
Mulalo had this to say:
"The Sustainability Day was such an awesome day! I really had fun painting the walls knowing that it will brighten up the playground for the children. It is such a great feeling to know that we have contributed to children happily playing with the characters on the walls. Thank you once again for organising such an amazing day."
As you can see, the walls turned out amazing and even though it was blazing hot we were grateful that the Cape Doctor decided to take the day off. Lots of sunblock was used & many cold drinks consumed and the sense of fulfillment once all was done was incredible. Unfortunately we weren't there the following day to see the faces of the kids but I'm sure, they must have been super excited.
View full gallery here.
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