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Vodacom commits funds to construction of school

March 24, 2009 • Mobile and Telecoms, People

vodac_01.jpgSouth African mobile network operator Vodacom has pledged ZAR7,5 million to the construction of a new primary school in the country’s Eastern Cape province.

The company has committed to the project through its charitable foundation, the Vodacom Foundation, in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Education. The school will be built in Mthatha.

Says Mr Mthobi Tyamzashe, CEO of the Vodacom Foundation:”Vodacom has a proud legacy of providing school facilities in South Africa, having already built a school at Bizana, in the Eastern Cape, one in the Free State, and two in the North West province. By partnering in this initiative, we are once again emphasizing the importance of education for our country and the need to help learners meet the challenges of a technologically advanced environment, even globally.”

The Director- General of the Department of Education, Mr Duncan Hindle, also lauded the value of public private partnership in promoting education. The department has matched the Vodacom Foundation’s financial commitment, bringing the total project budget to ZAR15 million.

Construction of the school is expected to be completed in July 2009.

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