The Boardwalk refurbishes classrooms at four Eastern Cape high schools

MARCH 23, 2016

Consumer Studies classrooms at four Eastern Cape high schools have been upgraded with the help of The Boardwalk as part of Sun International’s nationwide Schools Renovations Programme.

Facilitated by The Boardwalk’s ongoing corporate social investment programme, kitchen equipment worth over R220 000 was handed over to the beneficiary schools by representatives of The Boardwalk and the MEC of Education in the Eastern Cape, Mandla Makupula, on Friday.

The schools include Kwa Magxaki High School and Kwazakhele High School in Kwa Magxaki; Ndzondelelo High School in New Brighten and Nombulelo Senior Secondary School in Grahamstown.

According to the Boardwalk’s General Manager, Brett Hoppé, the classrooms have been equipped with new stoves; urns; microwaves; pots, pans and utensils; fridges and kitchen tables and chairs. 

He explains that the renovation of the four Consumer Studies rooms is aligned with Sun International’s approach to Creating Shared Value – a well-researched and globally applied model that focuses on aligning business needs with society’s needs thereby creating shared value for all and genuine sustainable community development. 

The Schools Renovation Programme is focused on upgrading hospitality classrooms at schools situated in underprivileged communities to properly equip learners for pursuing further studies and a career in the hospitality sector.

“This programme not only provides opportunities for Consumer Studies learners to learn in a conducive and appropriately equipped environment, but it will help to create a pool of qualified and employable people for the hospitality sector, which like many sectors, is faced with a shortage of skills,” says Hoppé.

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Images:

Main Image- Chairperson of Emfuleni Resorts, Bongi Siwisa during the hand-over of the newly renovated classrooms. 

Second Image - Siyamtanda Mxoli, a grade 12 learner at Kwamagxaki high school being interviewed during the handover.