De Beers group thrives with goal for unveiling of R27m state-of-the-art school

Johannesburg – As part of the application of public-private partnerships to improve sustainable development, the De Beers Group inaugurated a multi-million rand school in partnership with the Free State Education Department in Kroonstad, in the Free State.

The newly renovated Phuleng Primary School opened to students on Friday.

Through this partnership, an investment of R 27 million was endowed, as De Beers Fund and the department contributed R 17 million and R 10 million respectively to the construction of the school.

Located in the heart of the community, the school will accommodate 842 learners and 22 educators.

According to De Beers, the established partnership is orchestrated to be the hub that aims to drive digital innovation, accelerate skills development and support educational programs.

Speaking at the handover, Innocent Mabusela, Head of General Affairs at De Beers, said: “De Beers fully supports DBE’s national program to provide basic education to South African children. “

“This includes rural school development programs. Thanks to our long-term partnership with this department, we have made a significant and lasting contribution through the implementation of infrastructure projects, ”he added.

The school has 20 new classrooms, 17 sanitary facilities, a nutrition center and a sports field.

The school includes science laboratories, multimedia centers, renovations of the whole school and classrooms.

School learners are witnessing the construction of a new media center, where it will be a digital knowledge center for the school.

Mabusela said the supported infrastructure will now create a safe environment for learners and educators as the old infrastructure is on the verge of collapse.

Speaking at the ceremony, MEC Tate Makgoe, MEC, Free State Education, said this massive investment goes a long way in improving learning and providing quality education.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to De Beers and KST for choosing to partner in the making of this cutting edge school,” said Makgoe.

“Our partnership with De Beers originated 14 years ago, more particularly within this commune of Moqhaka and Ngwathe.

“De Beers has spent 1.1 million rand to support educational projects in our province,” said the delighted Makgoe.

More than 60 schools have benefited from this partnership, where schools have been renovated and state-of-the-art modernized schools are being built.

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