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CCBSA equipping 2024 matric learners for a brighter future

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Gauteng Department of Economic Development and New Schools of Hope organisation have partnered for a Back-to-School campaign to equip 2024 matric learners with tools that will assist them in their Mathematics and Science studies for a brighter future. To kick-start this campaign, the learners at New Eersterus Secondary School in Hammanskraal received study tool kits that comprise of mathematical sets and stationery.

 CCBSA is passionate about creating shared value through supporting education initiatives particularly in the communities in which it operates. Nathalie Hendricks, Public Affairs and Communications Manager: North Region at CCBSA, said: “We fully support this Back-to-School initiative with our partners New Schools of Hope and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development so that we can provide opportunities and tools for young people to set them up for success, while ensuring they have adequate resources to reach their full potential.

 It is our intention to build our country’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) capability by supporting our matriculants enrolled for Mathematics and Science. Our back to school campaign this year, focuses on providing deserving grade 12 learners with tools such as calculators, and maths sets required to prepare for their finals. By supporting them, we ensure that they are properly prepared to tackle the year ahead and set them up for great matric results. Improving their marks will also enhance their chances to secure university acceptance and study assistance.”

 The Gauteng MEC of Economic Development, Tasneem Motara attended the event and thanked CCBSA for this initiative and for aways being supportive of the government economic programmes to support vulnerable communities. New Eesterus Secondary Deputy Principal, Mr Gabriel Sithole thanked CCBSA for this boost to learners as it will aid them in their studies. “We believe that we will perform very well in our matric results in 2025 from the generous support we have received today from CCBSA and New Schools of Hope.”

 Alida Fourie, the founder of non-profit organisation, New Schools of Hope believes that all children deserve an education and that talent is equally distributed yet most opportunities are not.

“We have partnered in this Back-to-School project to help give children opportunities to realize their dreams and live with purpose. We want to help them to become a new generation and to break the cycle of poverty through education”, she said.

 

Hendricks added: “This initiative is in line with our Study Buddy Fund, which supports deserving learners from across South Africa. She added that CCBSA was actively involved in a number of initiatives that seek to elevate and equip matriculants, high school learners and university students for success as future leaders. The Study Buddy Fund provides financial and holistic support to indigent students who meet entry requirements for access to higher education institutions.

 

For the 2024 academic year, the Fund will pay for the tuition and accommodation fees of deserving students in communities which CCBSA has operations, with a particular focus on the following areas but not limited to: Mdantsane/Motherwell/Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu/Greater Eldorado Park Community Forum (including Freedom Park and Motsoaledi)/Tembisa/Greater Nigel/PTA West Ward 55/Westenberg- Seshego/ Alabama and Mangaung.   

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