Manufacturer of the popular Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (PTY) LTD (SRSA), donated a 12-metre shipping container to enhance the learning and working environment at the Siyathanda Creche near Ladysmith.
The container, which was refurbished by Breadline Africa as both a classroom and a kitchen, replaces an unsafe makeshift wooden structure that was being used previously. The 26 youngsters who attend the creche daily will now have a safer environment in which to play and learn. Staff preparing meals will also be able to do so in a more hygienic and secure facility. A second refurbished container was donated to provide ablution facilities.
The official handover of the facility to school principal Nomaswazi Khubeka took place on Friday 25th January 2019 with SRSA Factory Director Udaiyappan Ulagappan cutting the ribbon. To celebrate, SRSA hosted a fun day for the children, their parents and the staff at the creche with a jumping castle, lunch and stationery packs provided for the children.
SRSA Chief Executive Officer Riaz Haffejee, said: “As a company we believe that we have a role to play as a catalyst for community development, entrepreneurship and the transformation of the communities we serve. One of our core beliefs is that education is one of the greatest tools for change and for the eradication of poverty. Under our corporate social investment pillar of education, we are pleased to be able to offer our support to the Siyathanda Creche to make this a better space for the youngsters. This investment ties in with other initiatives that SRSA has in place with other schools in the community surrounding the Ladysmith manufacturing plant.”
The project was undertaken in partnership with Breadline Africa who focus on providing infrastructure to support childhood development. Since 1993 Breadline Africa has placed more than 460 infrastructure units in resource-poor communities around South Africa, providing classrooms, libraries, kitchens and toilet facilities in early childhood development centres and primary schools.
“At Breadline Africa, we believe that every child has the capacity to do something phenomenal with his or her life. When imaginations are unlocked, possibilities are opened up, offering new opportunities for the future,” says Melanie Jackson, Fundraiser for Breadline Africa. “This donation by SRSA will be of great benefit to the youngsters at the Siyathanda Creche as they grow and learn and develop.
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