Northam Booysendal construct Science Lab worth more than R2 million

With the Limpopo Province being one of the underperforming provinces with the matric results, Northam Booysendal mine decided to make a meaningful contribution locally. 

The mine officially handed over a fully equipped Ngwaabe Combined Science Laboratory to the Limpopo department of education on October 30.

The auspicious ceremony was organised at the Gobetse Secondary School at Ga Malekane village and was attended by among others, the General Manager of Booysendal Mine Mosala Letebele , Human Resource Manager Ziningi Shezi, representatives from the Sekhukhune
District Municipality’s executive mayor representative Dineo Nchabeleng, Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality’s acting mayor Queen Moeng, the MEC for Limpopo Department of Education Polly Boshielo, circuit managers, school principals
and the local magoshi.

The official handover of the lab comes as the mine’s plea to improve the lives of locals. The lab is going to be utilised by nine local schools from the Ngwaabe circuit. 

The lab boasts a gas on tap for experiments and has cost more than a whopping R2 million rands. 
Booysendal’s general manager (GM), Mr Mosala Letebele said while the donation formed part of the company’s social labour plan, the idea to invest in education was aimed at producing a qualified work force in years to come.
“When we realized that schools in our neighbourhood lacked science laboratories, we decided to invest in a facility for practical science teaching.”

“This lab is for the improvement of science and mathematics in our neighbouring schools. The construction of the lab has seen locals getting jobs. This is a state of the art lab and will also benefit the future generations. This is a clear indication that Booysendal values and cares about education.”
Letebele added, “Maths and science subjects are critically important to unlock the mining world. As a company, we know that in order to produce good
employees we have to invest in good education first. ” 
He said the handover of the science laboratory was a celebration of a visible milestone. 
“This project was constructed and completed in 2019. It was constructed in consultation with the department of education, school governing bodies, and Gobetse Secondary School. 
“The completed laboratory will benefit thousands of learners in the field of Maths and Sciences.”
He added that the lab will through proper utilization assist in the improvement of Limpopo matric pass rate of 73 per cent. 

MEC for education, Polly Boshielo expressed her heartfelt gratitude indicating that the science lab will contribute more towards enhancing life sciences and technological
studies in Sekhukhune.
“It is about time that the Fourth Industrial Revolution becomes a reality to our  learners, especially those who are from the disadvantaged communities.
Indeed,  such contributions will play a critical role in the advancement of learning and teaching in our schools. 
Boshielo warned locals against vandalizing resources. “It will be sad to come here and discover that this beautiful structure was burnt or vandalized. Please refrain from damaging schools when you need other services. This is a state of the art property, cherish it, and take good care of this lab.”

Ngwaabe circuit manager Harry Dikwenyane said the pupils are excited and thrilled to receive the lab. 

“We are hoping to obtain even more in the future so that we can be able to teach all the learners with ease,” he said.
“The new science laboratory built by Booysendal has brought us out of the dark ages. It is attractive and has the needed equipment, cupboards, experimental equipment and desks.
Pupils were excited when they entered the new science lab and were eager to start with practical experiments. We are extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity as it has rekindled interest in science and experiments in our pupils.” The event ended with Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Peter Lentswane showcasing to the quests some of the modern technological laboratory equipment which will be used in the lab.

Thapelo Motseo

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