As part of the start of the new term, students at Makause Combined School received a generous donation of school shoes from Zibulo Colliery operated by Thungela. The Bathu Care Foundation and Etsang Dieta participated in the distribution of school shoes, to honor World Recycling Day as well as to educate and inform learners about the importance of recycling.
Tarryn Genis, communications manager for Thungela Resources, said the 1,000 pairs of school shoes are not just any school shoes; these shoes were produced from recycled rubber boot waste at Zibulo Colliery.
“We are extremely excited to commemorate Global Recycling Day with learners here at Phola and show them that we can create value even from waste,” she added.
Lulu Madlazi of the Bathu Care Foundation said, “We have partnered with Thungela on this collaboration. We donated school shoes in collaboration with Thungela to empower the children and basically to take the journey, because we believe the journey should start when the children are still young, all the way to the end. We have sneakers, but today we focus on school shoes”.
One of the five directors of Etsang Dieta, Neo Mogotsi, said “we are a shoemaking cooperative, and we are so privileged to be here in this initiative that Thungela has set up for us to participate in the distribution of school shoes to underprivileged children”. .
Makause School Principal Jan Ntuli said: “We are so grateful to companies like Thungela who take it upon themselves to give back to the community. The donations received today will make a huge difference to our learners and fill the needed gaps. On behalf of Makause School, we would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible.”
According to Carina Venter, executive manager of safety, health and environment at Thungela, “we believe that everyone has a role to play in creating value, even when the value comes from what many would consider waste. . It’s a double win when we can invest in local education and at the same time reduce our footprint on the environment”.
Handing over shoes to school brings smiles to Blackhill Primary School