Mr David Magabe, Mr Mthi Mtshengu and MEC Ishmael kgetjepe
MANDAGSHOEK – Modikwa Platinum mine values education, this was evident when the mine handed over Mandagshoek Science Laboratory to the Limpopo Department of Education.
The auspicious ceremony was organised at the Mandagshoek village and was attended by among others, the mine manager of Modikwa Mr Mthi Mtshengu, representatives from African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Anglo American, the Sekhukhune District Municipality’s executive mayor Mr David Mogobo Magabe, the MEC for Limpopo Department of Education Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe, circuit managers, school principals and community members.
The science lab cost more than 2.7 million rands and was officially handed to the Limpopo department on July 28.
Speaking to the crowd, Kgetjepe said the laboratory would help local schools to produce pupils ready for university.
“The Sekhukhune district has been under-performing. We thank Modikwa for the lab as this will equip the seven schools in the Leolo circuit. We expect all the schools that will be benefiting from this lab to produce Scientists, Engineers, Artisans and Doctors.”
Kgetjepe thanked Modikwa for seeing a need to improve education in Limpopo province.
“We don’t want our pupils to go on to university without ever having seen a beaker, for instance, so this lab has come to our rescue because we lack these vital resources,” he said.
The mine manager, Mr Mtshengu said while the intervention formed part of the company’s social and labour plan, the idea to invest in education was aimed at producing a qualified work force in years to come.
‘This lab is a joint lead by Modikwa to improve science and mathematics in our neighbouring schools. The lab was built by a local contractor which created 28 job opportunities for the local people. This is a state of the art lab and will also benefit the future generations. This is a clear indication that Modikwa cares.”
Mr David Magabe, Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe, Mr Mthi Mtshengu,
Ralph Kgoete, Mr Francois Huis and Mr Brian Grobler
Mtshengu added, “Maths and science subjects are critically important to unlock the mining world. As a company, we know that in order to produce good employees we have to give them a good education first. “We chose this circuit because of its proximity to us, because we are based here.”
Leolo circuit manager Mr Kenneth Maepa said the lab would help the pupils with science experiments, as mostly they had to imagine the experiments happening using the information in their books.
Mr Maepa and scientist Mr Herman Sekoela also conducted various experiments in the new science lab.
Modikwa Mine has been striving to develop locals through education. The mine has previously given 23 learners’ bursaries. The mine has also afforded learners with internships, ensuring that they are employable.
Modikwa has in its Social and Labour Plan upgraded roads, built community halls, and installed high mast lights in and around the neighbouring communities.