Focused on increasing the number of students gaining access to Reunert College, which is a one year “bridging” programme taking students with a matric from a disadvantaged school (which does not allow them access to tertiary institutions) and moving them to a university entrance matric. The number of students fully sponsored through the programme increased from 20 students to 40 students in 2007, then from 40 students to 80 students in 2008, where it was capped as facilities are not equipped to house a larger group of students. Peotona, acting upon its principle of smart partnerships, was instrumental in facilitating the co-funding of students by Standard Bank South Africa, the Zenex Foundation and the JSE. All stakeholders are now convinced that as a model, this is ready for replication.
The work of the Ponahalo/De Beers Trusts and that of the De Beers Fund are synchronized – Thandi Orleyn is a Trustee on the Ponahalo/De Beers’ Trusts and chairs the De Beers Fund. The implementation of the De Beers Fund projects was recognized by Nedbank in their 2008 Sustainability Awards. An example of the activities of the Ponahalo/De Beers’ Trusts is the entrepreneurial development work taking place around the Voorspoed Mine. The work has a special focus on women and people with disabilities. The work with people with disabilities was recognised in 2008 by Mail & Guardian when it won their “Investing for the Future Award”.
CERAMIC INDUSTRIES LIMITED
Two new community development projects are being conducted, namely:
- An afternoon homework school project, and
- A garden project.
Thandi Orleyn is a Trustee on the Ceramic Foundation.
Focused in the greater Lichtenburg area on the Bodibe community (adjacent to the biggest Lafarge asset) in the North West Province, the Lafarge Community Trust & the Lafarge Educational Trust, chaired by Cheryl Carolus, have established a developmental partnership with the Provincial & Local government and communities, who have signed off on the trust investment programme of R25 million over 5 years.
In 2008 Lafarge established a partnership with Adopt-a-School Foundation to implement the Whole School Development Project in Bodibe.
The programme covers four aspects: infrastructure investment, teacher skills, school nutrition, sports revival.
This programme covers all 11 schools in the Bodibe community, and has a special set of considerations for children with visual impairment.
The building programme began in April 2009 with all procurement relating to it being sourced from the local community. As of March 2010, 40% of the infrastructure projects were completed and construction on class rooms, ablution blocks, libraries and general renovation is ongoing.
The Bodibe sports programme was successfully launched through a soccer tournament on the 20th March 2009.
The teacher skills programme kicked off on the 9th May 2009 with a programme on Executive Leadership in Teaching and Learning which is offered at Wits University. The Principals of the 11 schools and the Circuit Manager attended the programme once every month for 11 consecutive months. 10 of the principals successfully graduated in March 2010.
In addition, principals, deputies, educators and clerks were offered basic and advanced computer training to assist them with the day-to-day tasks of school management. The training took place in March/April 2010.
A programme where teachers are trained with the goal to improve language and literacy in Grade 1 learners commenced in April 2010.
In 2009, the Lafarge Education Trust started a university bursary program with 80 students registered for degrees in Engineering, Science and Technology. The Trust supports these students by paying all academic fees (module fees, registration fees and prescribed text books) on their behalf. Furthermore, the Lafarge Education Trust assists these students in finding in-service training during their studies. In 2010 and 2011, the Trust enrolled 48 and 60 students respectively.
Various education facilities have been built and upgraded around South Africa