Glencore Ferroalloys donates eight state-of-the-art classrooms to local TVET College in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga

posted: 16/03/2022

Johannesburg, South Africa
March 2022

Glencore Ferroalloys handed over newly constructed classroom facilities to the Ehlanzeni TVET College at the Mashishing Campus in the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality. In line with the Vision 2030 National Development Plan (NDP) that aims to address access to education and training of the highest quality, Glencore has once again joined hands with government to improve education facilities in the communities near their operations.  

On Friday, 11 March 2022, Glencore Ferroalloys  handed over the newly constructed classrooms worth R5 million in addition to the initial R7,5 million investment made to the college. The classrooms were proudly received by the college Principal Mr EM Mbuyane, Regional Manager at the Department of Higher Education and Training for the North West and Mpumalanga Province Dr P Balkrishen, Department of Higher Education and Training Director General Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, Executive Mayor of Thaba Chweu Municipality Cllr F. Nkadimeng,  the Speaker of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government Hon MC Masilela, Department of Public Works and Department of Higher Education and Training.   

Glencore Ferroalloys Chief Community and Social Responsibility Officer, Conroy van der Westhuizen addressed guests on the day and emphasised the importance of prioritising quality education to help position the youth for better opportunities. 

“The campus was established in 2019 when we approached the Mpumalanga Department of Public Works about fixing potholes in the roads and discovered that there were buildings that weren’t being used. This sparked our thinking of taking advantage of the vacant buildings to fulfil the town’s needs of education and unemployment. Three years later, we have added eight additional classrooms to meet the demand of learning space and nothing brings us more joy than being able to meet the needs of people who want to learn and create a brighter future for themselves. Through our partnership with the Department of Public Works and the Department of Higher Education and Training, we were able to construct new classrooms to increase student capacity. It is a pleasure to hand over these facilities to the Mashishing Campus since we see the diligence, doggedness and determination as reflected in the academic results of the students” he said.   

The support given to Ehlanzeni TVET College forms part of Glencore’s promise in ensuring that it continues to create shared value and progress together with its host communities. DHET Director General, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, thanked Glencore Ferroalloys for always being open to partnering with government in their pursuit to create a positive change in the country.   

“The Department of Higher Education and Training is grateful to Glencore for the continued and unconditional support that you have given the Ehlanzeni TVET College thus far. The eight classrooms we have received today have come at a time of need and are a display of a value proposition partnership with Glencore. On behalf of the TVET sector, I wish to express our sincerest gratitude to Glencore and we would like to see this partnership grow further to embrace other initiatives with value benefits for the community of Thaba Chweu in particular, and the entire sector as a whole,” said Dr. Sishi.   

The Mashishing campus is the youngest of seven campuses in the Ehlanzeni region and has already walked away with two trophies after coming out on top in two programmes during the 2021 November examinations. In the National Certificate (Vocational) the campus achieved 96% and 94% in the Semester 2 Business Studies examination and outside of academic performance the campus won the 1st Principals Award for being the Cleanest Campus over the 2021 Academic Year.   

Through this support and many others, Glencore aims to create a quality learning environment that will propel students towards opportunities which will ultimately lead to a better life for themselves and the communities they live in. 

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