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Learners at a rural Mpumalanga school benefit from R150,000 upgrade and refurbishment  

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Embidini Combined School, located just two kilometres outside of the small mining town of Kinross in Mpumalanga, recently received upgrades to the value of R150,000. According to Jeustun Scheepers at Graceland Hotel, Casino and Country Club who headed up the project, the school was found in dire need of these refurbishments, after a site visit was made to the school earlier this year.

“What we found was an unhygienic area which was used as a kitchen to cook meals for the learners, and since their main meal for the day was provided by the school, we really wanted to transform the kitchen into a clean area with the proper tools and facilities,” says Scheepers.

Graceland provided the school with a brand-new kitchen, amended and refurbish brick structure, installed ceilings and replace the roof, a new basin and shelves to keep grocery stocks safe. The team also ensured proper flooring was installed that was easy to clean and maintain.

“There are just over 400 students who attend the school, most of whom are from surrounding areas. “We wanted to make sure that the school at least had a kitchen that was equipped to provide the kids with a nutritional meal.”says Scheepers.

Pipes are currently being laid to provide the school with access to borehole water.

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