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MC Weiler Primary School High five to a bright future

For the 2016 Global Handwashing Day, Unilever and Lifebuoy celebrated the life-saving habit of handwashing with children and parents at M.C. Weiler Primary School in Alexandra.

“Global Handwashing Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the fact that Lifebuoy has reached over 337 million people across 28 countries with its behaviour change programmes. We are proud that no other brand has touched more lives with this important message,” said Unilever South Africa’s Senior Vice President, Peter Cowan, “To date, Lifebuoy has educated over 11 million South Africans, including over 2 million children in 4000 schools. We are happy to add another 1500 children to those figures today with the first graduates of our Unilever brightFuture Integrated Schools programme.”

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Gordon Primary School CEDU Cares, Community Engagement and the Power of Public-Private Partnerships

By Dineo Horner

The staff and learners of Gordon Primary in Alexandra were excited to receive a new school bus, courtesy of Unilever South Africa. Mr Ailwei Mawela, a lecturer at the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instructional Studies and former principal of Gordon Primary, and his strategic partner Mr Orestis Patricios of Ornico Group, were  instrumental in securing the donation of the mini bus (a Nissan Impendulo NV350). This bus will be used to transport learners to sporting events, school excursions and other events that will add great value to their education experience and assist the school in providing better opportunities for learners who are soccer champions, among other sporting codes.

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Esikhisini Primary School Pillars to Posts

23 May 2016


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Sophakama Primary School Sophakama Benefitting From Program Launched By Premier’s Office

We are excited to confirm that Sophakama Primary was selected as one of only 8 schools in the Western Cape to participate in a new program recently launched by the Premier’s office.

The name of the program is Year Beyond and in brief, entails 5 high school graduates that will do volunteer work at our school five afternoons a week to boost literacy and numeracy amongst learners.

Meet the Year and Beyond volunteering team…   

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Sophakama Primary School Sophakama sings in sounds of Africa

The Sophakama Primary School choir was singing a new tune on Friday 19 February in a special handover ceremony as they were gifted with a piano from Callie Lewis of Books and Beyond and her family.

This generous donation was the prized possession of Callie’s late mother Barbara Lewis, who was just as passionate about education as she was about music. A plaque was mounted on the piano in her honor to carry forward her legacy in bringing joy to children through the power of music.

The event was attended by by Callie’s dad David Hibling, husband Dale, Tracey and Darryl Faquhar, Oupa Ockie and a team of Roggerz including proud Sophakama parents and members of the community. With an instrument to hold their voices together, the choir, also known as “The Face of Sophakama” entertained the audience in African song and dance.

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Thohoyandou Primary School Thohoyandou Primary School's journey to address learner performance

‘Partners for Possibility’ (PfP) [] is a citizen’s initiative in which Business Leaders are partnered with School Principals to work together in “turning around” under-performing schools.  The partnership between Ms Ilna Ströh (Business Leader) and Mr Gabriel Ramano (Principal of Thohoyandou Primary School in Atteridgeville, Pretoria) kicked off in March 2015.

Both partners agreed from the outset that the focus and primary objective of their partnership will be on improving learner performance.  

PfP’s invitation to attend an information session: ‘Laying the foundation for success – an introduction to Brainboosters’ [] opened a window of opportunity early in the partnership. 

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Marhulana Primary School The Veggie Patch

Amongst the social upliftment projects that Multotec supports in our nearby communities, we recently sponsored a vegetable garden at Marhulana Primary school in Tembisa. Marhulana, which is situated in the Xubeni section is graded as a 4th quintile school by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE). This means, they are not fully supported by the GDE in a learner feeding programme.

The Xubeni community has historically been populated by the Vatsonga folk, with families originating from areas such as Nelspruit, but as far afield as Mozambique and even Malawi. Consequently, there are many child headed or single parent households, who therefore have a limited ability to provide regular meals for the learners in their families.

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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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