Corobrik-sponsored classrooms welcomed by Moriting Primary School
A visit by the National Council of Provinces and Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature late last year revealed that Gauteng has a shortage of 5 554 classrooms, of which 3 166 are in the primary school phase. It is this ever-growing need that saw Corobrik build five new classrooms at Moriting Primary School in Tembisa, with the official opening taking place on Friday, 19 July 2019.
The opening celebration welcomed the 1 389 Moriting Primary School pupils in Grade R to Grade 7; their parents; school principal, Julia Hlalhe and members of staff; as well as representatives from Corobrik; Mr Sunday Mabaso Regional Manager The Department of Mineral Resources; Acting Chief Director at Gauteng Department of Education, Mr Mpoku Ephraim Tau;
“This is an incredibly exciting day for us and we are particularly thrilled to have the children and community joining us in the celebrations,” commented Musa Shangase, Corobrik’s Commercial Director. “Corobrik’s face bricks have, for many years, formed an integral part of classroom and school construction, countrywide, and we are so proud to continue this longstanding tradition of contributing towards quality education in South Africa.”
Working with the aforementioned stakeholders, Corobrik constructed the five classrooms using its durable Country Meadow face brick range. Tying into the existing face brick aesthetic of the school, the face brick will benefit the pupils through its thermal efficacy and noise reduction properties, as well as the no-maintenance features that save on future costs.
As a licenced mine, Corobrik is committed to completing Local Economic Development Projects which serve to enhance the local community through a number of ways. The location of Moriting Primary School between Corobrik’s Midrand factory and Corobrik’s Rietvlei factory allowed for collaboration on this project. The children of Corobrik staff members working at both factories and residing in Tembisa will also benefit as many of their children attend Moriting Primary School.
As a high-performing primary school, Moriting works to accommodate a growing number of pupils which has put severe strain on the existing facilities. With an average of 41 children per classroom, the additional five new classrooms have been welcomed by staff, parents and pupils as smaller class numbers can now be accommodated.
Commenting on the donation, school principal, Julia Hlalhe, said: “The newly-built classrooms will help to reduce overcrowding of classes, ensuring teaching and learning is effective and efficient. I feel that every learner is entitled to a proper education in an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning, and for that, we thank Corobrik.”
She added that infrastructure is vital to improving the quality of education: “Through Corobrik’s partnership with the Department of Education, we can be assured that we are achieving quality learning in our school. We appreciate the legacy that Corobrik has left for our society and learners, and we look forward to a continuous relationship with Corobrik.”