In an effort to improve the quality of education in labour sending communities, Exxaro’s Inyanda mine launched an education intervention programme where extra classes are provided to Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners on Saturdays and school holidays.

The project was officially launched by eMalahleni mayor, Clr S Sithole, and Lazarus Ramashilabele, Inyanda’s business unit manager, on Monday, 31 March 2014 at Pine Ridge Combined School.

This initiative’s aim is to improve the pass rates of students in the Klarinet community and forms part of Inyanda’s social and labour plan. Focus is given to subjects like maths, science, English and life orientation. This initiative will also assist in providing a steady throughput of local learners suitable for Exxaro’s bursary and artisan programmes.

The project was initiated with the assistance of the Department of Basic Education. A strict screening process ensures that selected teachers are competent in their field and possess the ability to successfully transfer knowledge. Exxaro takes a holistic approach to the programme and provides teachers along with teaching aids, study materials, a science laboratory, transportation and nutrition.

The Klarinet community will also benefit from this initiative as local suppliers are used to provide supporting services and six new jobs have been created.

“Education and skills development is a priority in South Africa, given the on-going shortage of skills and the poor quality of public education. Exxaro believes that the contributions of the private sector will make a big difference in providing individuals the opportunity to reach their full potential,” says Lazarus Ramashilabele, Inyanda’s business unit manager.

“We know that more needs to be done and are working closely with educational departments to make a real difference.”

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