Exxaro Unites to Power Better Lives for South African Students and Teachers

After months of home-schooling and e-learning, South African learners in their final years of primary and high school, have finally been given the go-ahead to return to class as the COVID-19 lockdown is eased. 

On Monday 8 June, most public and independent schools across the country reopened with grade 7 and 12 students being the first group to be phased in. Another cluster of grades is set to return to school on 6 July with the final pupils filtering in on 3 August. 

With this in mind, a group of six Exxaro employees came together to donate 200 masks to Emasangweni Primary School in Mamelodi. Handmade with care, these protective masks were given to grade 7 learners and teachers at the school to limit the spread of COVID-19. The school also has strict health and safety protocols in place. 

This is not the first time that Exxaro has assisted the Pretoria-based school. Through the Partners for Possibility Programme, the mining leader previously mentored Emasangweni’s Principal Ndhlahla, empowering her to become a change leader in the school and surrounding community. 

The mask donation marks one of the many ways Exxaro is investing in education and giving back to their host communities. In 2019, alone, the mining group spent a total of R28.23 million on education initiatives, including the sponsorship of university research chairs, academic programmes, and infrastructure development for basic education. 

Exxaro’s socio-economic development strategy, including their approach to education, is aligned with the organisation’s vision to have a positive, lasting impact on society. Now, more than ever before, Exxaro is committed to supporting South Africans in need, during this trying time. 

The company will be sharing several volunteerism programmes throughout the year that their employees can take part in, with the hopes of making a real difference in the lives of local children. 

“As a corporate citizen of our country, we strive to be a key partner in national risk mitigation. We are dedicated to our nation and are working tirelessly to ensure the survival and growth of our people,” explains Mzila Mthenjane, Executive Head of Stakeholder Affairs at Exxaro. 

“This donation was only a small contribution from a few Exxaro employees. Imagine the kind of impact we could have if we all joined hands to empower South Africa when it matters the most. Let us be the change we want to see in Africa, and beyond,” concludes Mthenjane.