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Little Angel School gets a facelift

It was a joyous occasion for the learners and staff of Little Angel School in Matsulu, Mpumalanga, when their newly revamped and upgraded school was officially handed over on June 7, 2016.

As education has always been one of TRAC’s Corporate Social Investment priorities Little Angel School was built and established by us 15 years ago to serve the community of Nkomazi where there is a shortage of English medium schools.  Since its inception the institution has grown considerably and today caters for 145 learners in Gr. 00 to Gr. 3. It is also one of the feeder schools to the only English primary school in the area.

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The initial school building was made up of four classrooms which over the years severely restricted the number of enrollments. Given the excellent reputation Little Angel School cemented over the years the demand for placements increased steadily and this eventually prompted TRAC to upgrade the facility to double its initial size. To ensure the school could accommodate more learners while remaining conducive to learning, TRAC not only built an additional four classrooms, but also renovated and revamped the existing building.

Being a foundation phase institution TRAC felt it imperative to make the structure aesthetically child-friendly and also contracted well-known Lowveld artist, Ghost, to do wall designs on the outside of the main school building.

The official handover of the upgraded and revamped building was attended by TRAC management and staff and led by TRAC CEO, Graham Esterhuysen. All the learners and teachers were present at the event which was celebrated with the handing out of special t-shirts to the guests of honour – the pupils – and treating them to some delicious snacks and an appearance by TRAC mascot, Sipho.

During his opening address Mr. Esterhuysen praised the work being done by the institution’s staff and the eagerness of the pupils to learn. He highlighted the importance of Foundation Phase education, noting that TRAC is fully committed to boosting education throughout the N4 Toll Route.

“It is with great pride and admiration that I walked through this school today. I saw it when it was initially built and I am astounded with the progress before my eyes,” said Mr. Esterhuysen, “Such could never be achieved without the passion and commitment of the staff at this school who every day give their all to secure a prosperous future for the children they serve.”

He continued “It is due to the dedication of those who run and make use of this facility that TRAC will continue to back it. As the concessionaire of the Maputo Corridor we pride ourselves on being part of this success story and will continue to support it as an investment to the future.

TRAC supports local schooling

TRAC recently announced their support of local schooling in the Machadodorp/Boven district by awarding bursaries to students.

 In  a ceremony attended by the Honourable Mayor Clr H Ngwenya, Mr. Joseph Mkhonto, Manager: Parliamentary & Media Liaison Mpumalanga and Mr. Graham Esterhuysen, CEO of TRAC, the bursaries were handed over to 2 grade 8 students each from Imemeza High School in Emgwenya and Sikhulile Secondary School in Emtonjeni.

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“The idea behind the bursaries,” said Adri Fourie, CSI and HR Manager at TRAC, “is to encourage the learners at the beginning of their high school career to excel through to grade 12. By rewarding them we hope to encourage them to strive for excellence in education. The bursaries will be awarded to the top student of their year, each year until that class matriculates. It is not guaranteed that the same learner will get the bursary each year, they have to prove that they are willing to dedicate themselves to studying hard.” She went on to say, “We hope that by providing financial relief to the parents and the schools these learners will be able to concentrate on their education, thereby helping to improve their pass rate.”

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Addressing the students Mr. Esterhuysen said, “You have a gift for learning, but the want to learn comes from
yourself that is not a gift, it is a choice that you make for yourself. You have chosen to study hard, maybe
sometimes in an environment that is not always conducive to learning, but you’ve excelled. We would like to
see that you take this opportunity to become somebody great in our society.”

 

The initiative was applauded by both the Mayor and Mr. Mkhonto who said, “Often we get big corporates coming in and making promises, but when it comes to implementing the programme we find many of them do not honour their promise. It is a good thing to see TRAC is behind our children and their futures.”

TRAC helps learners learn about possible careers

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At Trans African Concessions we believe in making a difference and hence thrive in participating in events which contribute to improving the lives of the communities along the Maputo Corridor.

We are extremely dedicated to Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives, with specific emphasis on education, economic development, road safety and the environment and therefore jump to the opportunity of participating in events or initiatives focusing primarily on any of these spheres.

One of these projects was the TSB Career Expo 2015 which was held last week at the Malalane Golf Club in Nkomazi.

This event provided Gr. 9 learners from the region the opportunity to interact with a number of companies regarding career opportunities in different sectors.

Aimed at promoting awareness of the various careers, this four-day expo provided TRAC with the opportunity to talk to hundreds of learners about their subject choices and required pass levels to qualify for certain specialised professions offered in the road infrastructure and tolling industry such as Civil Engineering, Traffic Engineering,  Office Management and Communications Specialist. The learners were educated about what was needed for each of these professions – both in terms of subject choices as well as tertiary education – and were also given moral lessons on the importance of choosing a career that they will enjoy as being happy in a job is the key ingredient to a successful career.

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TRAC well on its way to improve education sector in Mpumalanga

Trans African Concessions (TRAC) recently joined hands with Mpumalanga’s

top-performing school, Hoërskool Nelspruit, to repair the access road to the Department of Education’s (DOE) Ehlanzeni district offices in KaNyamazane.

The road to the premises was in a poor state, thus making it dangerous to all motorists who had to make use of it. Due to TRAC’s remarkable reputation in road maintenance, the school’s headmaster, Dr Louis Swanepoel, approached the concessionaire for assistance. Being committed to its social responsibilities and the welfare of all the communities along the 570km toll route, TRAC agreed to repair the potholes. Work started last week and is scheduled to be completed by this week.

A celebration ceremony was held on 25 November at the Ehlanzeni district offices. It was attended by education department officials, TRAC representatives as well as management and staff members of Hoërskool Nelspruit. Dr Swanepoel pointed out the significance and importance of the project, while John Lushaba, the district director of Ehlanzeni Education, highlighted the positive impact such initiatives had in terms of developing and improving the education sector in the province.

TRAC’s training and development manager and Corporate Social Initiatives (CSI) representative, David Mashaya, noted how humbled TRAC was when approached to support such a worthy cause. He added that it tied in perfectly with the company’s vision and philosophy in terms of social responsibility. “TRAC is committed to social investment along our route and it is for this reason that we embraced this project.”

“Quality education is critical in the social and economic development of Mpumalanga, something which TRAC as South Africa’s only cross-border concessionaire, assists with,” Mashaya explained “Because the company cares about the people responsible to transfer the skills and manage the process, we will strive to continue to touch people’s lives in a meaningful way.”

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Takheleni Primary continues to prosper

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Trans African Concessions (TRAC) values education because we believe, just like Madiba did, that it is the answer to a brighter, better future — not only for individuals, but for the nation. We have committed ourselves to the development and upgrading of schools along our route in an effort to offer our communities’ youth an environment that is conducive to learning. One school that has benefited from our commitment to education in rural communities is Takheleni Primary School in Matsulu, near Malalane.

Our relationship with Takheleni Primary, which is under the leadership of headmaster Vusi Lubisi, started a few years ago and has gone from strength to strength. Since TRAC took the school under its wing, great strides have been made in relation to its infrastructure. With the co-operation of the Matsulu community and the school’s governing body and staff, many projects have been successfully completed. Together we have:

  • Built a shaded and sheltered area. This is used for assemblies and meetings as well as to accommodate the children during adverse weather;
  • Built two Grade R classrooms and restored existing ones;
  • Painted the interior and exterior of all existing classrooms;
  • Built a garden with flowers and indigenous plants;
  • Provided dustbins to promote and create a clean environment and keep the school grounds tidy;
  • Erected water tanks to eliminate problems owing to water shortages; and
  • Set up food and clothes collection bins at workstations along the N4.

2014 promises to be yet another big year for Takheleni and TRAC as we focus on improving the school’s sports and catering infrastructure. Vusi and the governing body indicated that the school does not have adequate sports facilities and requested TRAC’s assistance in building a soccer field — the pupils’ most preferred sport. Because TRAC believes that physical activity is vital for the healthy mental and physical development of children, and that it also fosters a school spirit, we agreed to assist with this request. We are currently surveying the grounds to verify whether they are conducive to the building of a soccer field and, if they are, we will ensure that the project starts as soon as possible.

With most of the schools’ pupils coming from impoverished families, Takheleni also has a feeding scheme in which the staff cook and feed the pupils on the premises once a day. But this is often a challenge because the school does not have adequate kitchen facilities. TRAC will therefore assist in upgrading these facilities, which is sure to go a long way in enhancing the learning abilities of pupils. Because, as we all know, they cannot learn on an empty stomach.