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Emperors Palace and the Peermont Children’s Trust open a new chapter this Mandela Day


24 June 2014


Learners from Maphanzela Primary School stand to benefit when the school unveils a refurbished library to improve the level of teaching and learning, whilst also enhancing the culture and discipline of reading, especially among the young learners.

Emperors Palace staff and management, through its community development trust, the Peermont Children’s Trust (PCT), will honour the day by rolling up their sleeves to change the conditions of the school by refurbishing the school library, which will include installing a new ceiling, book shelves, tiling, lights and painting. The school will also receive two new computers to enable the librarian to capture the data and the filing of the books. As part of encouraging greening in our township schools, the popular East Rand resort will also help plant seedlings in existing vegetable gardens, as part of promoting food security at our schools.  The children will also benefit from the more than 5 000 books donated by the Rotary Association in Isando, Ekurhuleni. 

 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” stated our departed icon and former President Nelson “Madiba” Mandela and those words will echo through history forever as learners seek motivation and leaders inspire generations. With this in mind, approximately 920 learners, the majority of who come from underprivileged backgrounds (most are orphans and also children from child headed families) will now be empowered to do their school work with limitless access to information.  Maphanzela Primary School in Thokoza will experience that ‘Madiba Magic’ when the world comes together on 18 July in celebration of Mandela Day.  The school library is of historical importance, because the building was damaged during the political turmoil in the buildup to the country’s democracy.

As part of the collaborative effort in the buildup to Mandela Day, Emperors Palace and the PCT have partnered with various like-minded organisations that have contributed towards making this day a resounding success for the school.  Peermont’s Group Corporate Affairs Executive, Vusi Zwane commented, “As the Peermont group, we are greatly committed to honoring the legacy of the great Madiba and we want to stand up and be counted among the many around the globe that will work selflessly towards changing the lives of those less fortunate. We sincerely hope that by giving these young learners access to the much-needed books, that it will help boost their confidence, vocabulary, reading skills and comprehension.”

Background Information on Maphanzela Primary School:
Maphanzela Primary School, is one of the beneficiary schools that is equipped with an after school care centre under the Peermont Children’s Trust.  The nine after school care centres are made up of 22 primary schools, located in the following areas Vosloorus, Kathlehong, Thokoza, Thembisa and KwaThema within Ekurhuleni.  Maphanzela Primary School centre takes care of 113 orphans of which 81 are female.


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