The Southern Highveld Community Development Trust (SHCDT), sponsored by Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club, recently donated a new school hall to KI Twala Secondary School in eMbalenhle, valued at R1.5 million. The hall will be used to write exams as well as accommodate large classes and school events, bringing much-needed improvement to the school’s facilities.
KI Twala Secondary School was established in 1996 and has become one of the top performing schools in the area, with 40 committed educators employed at the school who cater to 1,350 learners.
During his speech at the breaking ground event, Mr Nkululeko Ndzekeni, KI Twala Student Governing Body Chairman said, “The hall will benefit the eMbalenhle community at large, since the venue will be hired out to Churches and other community members looking to host functions. The funds generated from the hall will be used to assist in upgrading other school facilities, notably the science lab and computer room.”
“The trustees hope the school, under its existing good management and community driven principles, will continue to offer quality education to the local community, and this investment will make the process a lot easier and more effective,” said Mr. JP Mlangeni, chairman of the Trust. “We want to assist schools with a record of excellent academic performance, and hope that the new hall will offer school staff, learners and community members a much-needed learning and meeting space. The trustees continue to identify projects to uplift the local community.”
The Trust is a long-time contributor to change in the Govan Mbeki district, having sponsored many upliftment programmes including the provision of 22 full scholarships for young people in the community to attend university and study in fields ranging from engineering and finance to medicine and hospitality. The Trust also runs an internship programme to assist students from the local TVET Collage to complete the practical component of their qualification over an 18-month period. Currently, 15 young people are participating in the Intern Programme and working at the Graceland resort.
To ensure there is a large pool of deserving young people available to benefit from the scholarships offered, the Trust sponsors an annual “Go Getters” programme. Some 440 young people will be invited to the 2018 Trust sponsored programme with the main focus on career guidance and planning for a successful future. The SHCDT Trustees also fund a “Career Dress Up Day” for Grade 7 learners every year in October. Learners are encouraged to research their chosen career and in this way make better choices for subject selection and tertiary courses for their future.
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