On Wednesday, Sibanye Gold reported that as part of their Social and Labour Plan they have financed R6.2 million and delivered a state-of-the-art multipurpose hall to the Free State Department of Education (FSDoE).
The hall, which was officially handed over by the Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane, will benefit learners and community members in and around the town of Theunissen in the Free State, within the Masilonyana Local Municipality.
This project is in support of the FSDoE strategy to incentivise top performing schools. Taiwe Secondary School has for the past three years, achieved a 100% pass rate and is one of the beneficiaries of this programme.
The gold producer facilitated the construction of the hall and related facilities, with a seating capacity of 1 200, which exceeds the norms and standards determined by the FSDoE in respect of school halls.
Moreover, the venue will also be used for the Sibanye Mathematics and Science Programme, which supports over 140 Grade 10 to 12 learners annually from Taiwe Secondary School.
The local communities will also be able to use the facility for community functions and related activities, which will generate additional income for the school to maintain the facility.
Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman says the company believes that education is a critical component of the sustainable socio-economic development of communities around their operations.
“As such, we will continue to provide necessary support to education as part of our commitment and contribution to transformation in South Africa,” says Froneman.