New toilets for learners at Emmangweni Primary School

The refurbished toilets.

Norcros SA presented newly refurbished toilets and signages to learners at Emmangweni Primary School. The school’s principal, Golden Ramoetlo, said the sponsor renovated the toilets by replacing everything. New basins, painting all the toilets and installing new signage.

“I am excited and I’m on top of the world. This will boost the morale of our learners and teachers. It will improve the culture of learning. Actually, I have no words because of this beautiful gesture of Norcros SA,” said Ramoetlo.

Norcros SA officially opened the newly refurbished Emmangweni Primary School toilets on February 7. Norcros SA’s managing director Thomas Willcocks said they are very proud to be involved in the project.

“Our business is located in Tembisa and Clayville. A lot of our staff lives in Tembisa and a lot of their children go to school here. We were looking for projects to get involved with in terms of giving something back to the community and there has been a need for safe and clean toilets at schools. This seems to be a national problem.

Learners entertaining visitors who came to witness the handing over of the refurbished toilets.

“We have partnered with the Department of Education to help us identify schools in the area we live and work in. What we are really looking to do is to ensure that children have clean and safe facilities in order for them to concentrate on their school work and get ahead in life,” said Willcocks.

He said their immediate project was fixing the toilets at Emmangweni Primary School and they will be going to three other schools before the end of March as well as doing the same next year. “When we have completed the project we are not going to leave the schools but we will help them to maintain what they’ve got and, of course, stay open to other ideas to help wherever we can,” Willcocks said.

Signage at the refurbished toilets.

The Department of Education’s deputy chief education specialist, Kagiso Mogaswane, said the government’s maintenance of ablution facilities at schools is a challenge. They communicated with the corporate social investment (CSI) manager of Norcros SA to assist and they were so receptive. He said they did baseline assessments in 10 schools and of the 10 schools, two of them were in dire need of refurbing ablution facilities.

“We are excited as a district to be in partnership with Norcros SA because they are going to complement the amount of positive work the current government is doing in public schools in closing the gap between the haves and the have nots,” said Mogaswane.

Christina Motshweneng, one of the learner’s parents, said she feels very happy because their children are now going to use clean toilets. “Dirty toilets are a health hazard to our children. We are happy for this gift of renewed school toilets,” said Motshweneng.

Jantji Ngwenyama

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