JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 18 July 2018: The late Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
On Mandela Day, Mall of the South in association with Pam Golding Properties Johannesburg South, South of Johannesburg Business and Tourism (SOJO) and Howden Africa celebrate Madiba’s centenary by empowering the youth through education.
The 2018 #HelpThyNeighbour Stationery Drive, which was hosted at Mall of the South, was aimed to collect a variety of stationery materials for Rosettenville Central Primary School and Turffontein Primary School as well as granting their items on their wish list. These items included internet connectivity, maintenance of the palisade fences and bathroom facilities, furniture for the staff rooms, additional stationery and books and feeding of the children on Mandela Day.
Mall of the South, Pam Golding Properties Johannesburg South, SOJO and Howden Africa are pleased to announce that over R200 000.00 worth of sponsorship was contributed towards the schools.
This included additional books for the school libraries from Bargain Books, over 2000 stationery packs and material that were collectively donated by, Crazi Erazi’s, H&M Mall of the South, Howden Africa and staff members, Mall of the South, PNA, Radical Products and The Educare Foundation. Plumbing materials sponsored by DMS Plumbing, palisade fencing and maintenance from Anglo American and iProp; Hyper Paint sponsored the paint and painting materials for the school building and Aspen Hills Development gave their #67minutes to paint the fence.
Butcher Block, Charmer Beef and Cater 2U together with Pick ‘n Pay Mall of the South will be feeding all 2280 children a scrumptious boerewors roll with a cordial drink.
EasyWeb has committed to connect both schools to the World Wide Web. Both schools will have unlimited internet access and will stay connected to the digital world. Golf Reef City will donate their second-hand office furniture for both schools’ staff room facilities. Pam Golding Properties Jo’burg South and SOJO spent over 67-days to ensure an effective a community-driven #HelpThyNeighbour Stationery Drive.
Mall of the South would like to extend their thanks to Ward 55 Councillor Rashieda Landis, Ward 56 Councillor Michael Crichton, the JC District Circuit Manager and JS District Circuit Manager from the Department of Education for Gauteng for attending the handover at both schools as well as special appearance by Toys R Us & Babies R Us’ Geoffrey the giraffe for entertaining the children.
Later in the day, Mall of the South extended their Mandela Day activities to South Rand Hospital to donate 25 warm blankets and toys to the hospital.
Mall of the South Centre Manager, Hester Smith said, “It is very humbling to have had all the local businesses and tenants to participate in the Drive to support the local schools and hospitals and to continue with Mandela’s legacy by helping thy neighbour. A special thank you goes to all involved; we appreciate your time and effort.”
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