Impala Platinum, in partnership with the North West Department of Education and the Impala Bafokeng Trust, has recently commenced construction of Platinum Village School in Rustenburg.
The R120 million school building initiative will provide a quality education for 1 700 primary and secondary school learners residing within close proximity to Platinum Village in Rustenburg and is in line with Government’s vision for integrated human settlements.
The new school, which will be completed by December 2016, will be equipped with 34 classrooms, a school hall, a computer room, a library, an administration block, sport amenities and ablution facilities.
The building of Platinum Village School forms an integral part of Impala Platinum’s Platinum Village Home Ownership scheme, a flagship project valued at R1.3 billion incorporating 2 420 houses, which will be completed over the next four years.
“Our goal is to improve the living conditions of all our employees and to encourage them to become homeowners. We offer interest free loans for up to a third of the value of a house in Platinum Village to make it affordable for our employees, explains Impala Platinum group property manager Cassie Correia.
In 2008 Impala Platinum commenced with its first home ownership programme project valued at R406 million. At Sunrise View in Boitekong in Rustenburg, 1 717 houses were built and sold to employees.
Impala Platinum also partnered with the North West Department of Education to build a primary and secondary school accommodating 1 800 learners. The construction of the schools provided jobs for over 280 skilled and unskilled people. Of these, 232 were members of the local community. The primary school opened in January 2013 and the secondary school in January 2014.
Additionally, in 2007 Impala Platinum together with the North West Department of Education built Vuk’uzenzele Primary School, situated next to Impala Platinum’s Simunye Residence, formerly known as No. 8 shaft hostel, in Freedom Park, Rustenburg. The school was officially opened on 10 June 2008.
The refurbished primary school accommodates approximately 1 000 learners and 21 educators. All the learners are drawn from the impoverished informal settlement, Freedom Park. The construction phase provided employment opportunities for 80 people, 34 of whom live in Freedom Park.
Since 2007, Impala has invested R1 billion in its home ownership and school building projects.
“Given the challenging social context of our country, we strongly believe in investing in social development initiatives particularly in the communities that are home to our employees and their families. Our investment in housing and educational projects demonstrates our commitment to developing viable local communities were employees are able to reside with their families in a stable, healthy and secure environment within close proximity to work and to educational facilities,” concludes Correia.