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29 May 2020

Rustenburg – Impala Platinum Mine handed out personal protection equipment (PPE) to two schools on Tuesday 26 May as part of a campaign aimed at ensuring educational institutions are ready to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when they open their doors for learning on Monday.  

North West member of the executive council (MEC) for education Maphefo Matsemela, Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) executive mayor Mpho Khunou and Impala Platinum Mine chief executive officer (CEO) Mark Munroe visited Platinum Village Secondary School and Kutlwanong School for the Deaf to launch the campaign.

The campaign is part of an initiative to empower schools with the proper health equipment for both teachers and learners ahead of the resumption of learning activities from Monday 1 June. Temperature scanners, masks as well as posters and pamphlets with messages on how to curb the spread of COVID-19 were donated by the mining company to the two schools. Impala has committed to supporting 33 schools through various initiatives aimed at fending off COVID-19.

Said Munroe: “Education is the cornerstone of producing good future leaders in our country and communities. Learners must learn in a safe environment.”

The MEC, who was grateful to the mine for their intervention, urged all schools to get ready to resume the academic calendar. “Schools need to comply with the requirements of the lockdown regulations,” Mastemela said.

The mayor pointed out that Impala’s positive response towards initiatives aimed at fighting COVID-19 demonstrated their commitment towards uplifting Rustenburg. “Impala came on board under very difficult circumstances. We are happy that they rose to the challenge to assist us. They play an important role because they are a very big employer in the North West province,” Khunou said.    

From left: RLM executive mayor councillor Mpho Khunou, North West MEC for Education Maphefo Matsemela and Impala Platinum Mine CEO Mark Munroe, displayed some of the items that were handed over to Platinum Village Secondary School.   

 

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