Newly-renovated school to change lives in E-Cape

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Willowvale - The newly-renovated Gangatha Secondary School in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape is set to change the lives of members of this small community.

The newly-renovated R13 million school is an effort by National Oil Company PetroSA to ensure the community is empowered with technical skills. The school now boasts modern facilities and equipment like computers and science laboratories.

The school, which previously housed learners in mud huts and corrugated iron shelters, was officially opened on Thursday by PetroSA's Vice-President Dan Marokane and Eastern Cape Education MEC Mahlubandile Qwase

Mr Marokane said the building of the R100 billion Coega Crude Oil Refinery in the Eastern Cape will need skilled staff. It is estimated that the project will generate up to 25 000 direct and indirect jobs.

"We know that in order to be a success the Coega refinery will need to be staffed by properly trained and experienced engineers and other professionals.

"We hope that some of those professionals who will operate the new refinery will one day be from Gangatha," said Mr Marokane.

The school which accommodates Grade R to seven learners took three months to build.

Mr Marokane said PetroSA plays a pivotal role in the development and success of the country.

"Our company realises that in order to sustain the successes and overcome the challenges of our young democracy, we all need to play our part in its development," said Mr Marokane.