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.
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.