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South Africa: New Computer Lab for Khensani Primary School
Source: SA - the Good News
Source Date: Friday, July 12, 2013
Country: South Africa
Created: Jul 12, 2013

Speaking at the opening of the new facility on May 30, 2013, Dr Sebolela said: “This new computer lab and classrooms will be more than a facility for teaching our young learners computer skills. Rather, they will be used as an ‘information hub’ for the community of Soshanguve because these facilities have the potential to change the lives and shape the future of our community by enhancing the quality of their education and their access to information.
“Information Technology is all around us. It is changing fast and impacting our society in so many ways and it is essential that children in township schools are given an equal opportunity to acquire IT skills and knowledge and access to information.
“This facility will be used to inspire our youth and encourage them to achieve more. In short, it will equip our children for the future and give them the opportunities many of their parents could only dream of.”
Dole South Africa’s CSR Manager, Theda Doman, said investment in education was a priority for Dole South Africa.
“Our CSR focus is on education and our preference is to keep our projects focused and relevant so that we are able to commit personal time to each project. “
Dole South Africa was first introduced to Khensani Primary School eight years ago when the school was a beneficiary of a Dole-sponsored nutrition programme conducted at schools in the Gauteng region. The relationship between Dole South Africa and Khensani has since grown in leaps and bounds and when Khensani needed additional infrastructure for a computer lab and classrooms, Dole in turn approached Safmarine for assistance.
Dirk Hoffmann, Safmarine’s Southern Africa Cluster Manager, said Safmarine welcomed the opportunity to extend its partnership with Dole South Africa beyond their day-to-day business relationship. “Partnerships have been central to the Safmarine Containers-in-the-Community project since the very start of the programme 21 years ago and we are committed to supporting community development into the future by continuing to partner with socially-minded companies who, like Safmarine, believe in ‘making the difference’.”
Dr Sebolela has, for the past 14 years, used his passion for partnerships, hard work and his love for the environment to transform the school from ‘dilapidated’ to ‘dynamic’.
The school is today widely recognised for providing a high quality education to its 1264 learners, all thanks to Dr Sebolela’s leadership and the partnerships he has formed with businesses and educational and other institutions, including a link and skills exchange programme with two schools in the United Kingdom.
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