Thursday, October 29, 2020
Education And Training

Companies partner to help protect schools from Coronavirus


Gauteng MEC, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, received a donation of resources to the value of R 600 400 as part of Triple Eight and AECI’s school handwashing campaign.

Award-winning healthcare impact agency, Triple Eight, recognises the pressure that
schools and the government are currently facing. It is important to help protect
teachers and educators at schools to allow learning to proceed, and for the 2020
curriculum to be concluded without any more interruptions. The agency has been
partnering with companies and funders to help support the most vulnerable schools
in South Africa, one of these companies being purpose driven JSE listed company,
AECI. Together with AECI, they have managed to design and deploy these unique,
hands-free, child friendly and locally produced handwashing stations. These 300 litre
stations consist of 3 taps and foot pumps to allow for multi-usage, while maintaining
social distancing.

The first school to receive these unique stations was Intokozo Primary School in
Katlehong on the 28th August and the rest will be deployed in weeks to come. The
school also received two sanitizer stations, food parcels and a water treatment plant,
to help improve their water quality and prevent water shortage.

At hand to receive this generous donation was MEC of Gauteng, Mr. Panyaza Lesufi, who pleaded with the schools to take good care of all the donations they are receiving from both the
public and private sectors. “When people donate such beautiful gifts, I do not want
them calling me tomorrow saying MEC your children in Katlehong have vandalised
our donations. So please ensure that you look after all these stations and the water
treatment plant, as to not discourage people from continuing to donate.” – Gauteng
MEC, Mr Panyaza Lesufi addressing learners.

“It is part of our philosophy as a company, to work closely with and contribute to the
communities around which we operate to better their lives and improve their
circumstances”. – Dean Mulqueeny, AECI Representative.

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