On October 12, 2023, two schools in the Joe Morolong area were the happiest after the learners received user-friendly hygiene materials at Tsineng Primary School, one hundred and sixty blankets for the boarding house at Kitlanyang Primary School with uniforms for both these far-flung primary and secondary schools in Madibeng.
The Corporate Affairs Officer, Ms Gloria Mbatha, said that it was within the objectives of the mine to walk along with the community in as far as social responsibility was concerned. “While production is taking place at the mine, we cannot be oblivious of our social responsibility to the surrounding communities. This has become our inextricable motto. We liaise with the relevant departments and different stakeholders, or they come to us to identify areas of need. We also have a team that identifies areas of concern and with resources at our disposal, we take it from there.”
The School Principal of Tsineng Primary School, Ms Keolebogile Morapedi, said that she was appreciative of the gesture demonstrated by the mine, because rural schools in general face challenges in accessing hygiene essentials, like sanitary pads for the young girls.
“These are young learners who need to learn the importance of hygiene at this tender age. We should not leave them behind in the awareness efforts.”
The Kitlanyang Primary School at Madibeng, headed by Mr Lesiba Kekana, has a boarding hostel that caters for farm workers’ children, orphans and children recommended by social workers to stay at the hostel. Again, Ms Gloria Mbatha had visited the school and was hinted about the dire need of blankets at the hostel. The hostel caters for both primary and secondary school learners.
In addition to blankets, the mine donated stationery for examination purposes, sanitary pads and shoes for both boys and girls.
Receiving the 109 stationery packs for the secondary school learners was the Deputy Principal, Mamasilo Leshilo, who also gave the thumbs up to the mine.