For children at Mlilo Comprehensive School in Rustplaas Village, eMkhondo (formerly Piet Retief), one of the main barriers to learning has been simple access to seating. The school, which has 258 learners, did not have enough chairs for its children, meaning that some had to stand during lessons. This is not only tiring, but makes it difficult to do classwork. PG Bison has therefore sponsored 150 chairs for the school.
Another barrier to learning was the school’s science laboratory standing unused for two years, resulting in old, disused chemicals, making it unsafe for learners and teachers to use. The safe disposal of the old chemicals was also a priority for PG Bison.
PG Bison’s Community Liaison Officer, Nkosingiphile Hlatshwayo, explains that the company was approached by the school to assist. “As a company that takes pride in the growth of the communities in which we operate, we make sure that we maintain good relations by responding promptly to requests for donations,” he says.
He explains that the school’s science laboratory had not been used during the two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was therefore in a state where it was unsafe for staff or children to work in the space. Following the proper disposal of the old chemicals, funded by PG Bison, the laboratory is now in use again.
School staff applauded PG Bison for the support provided. The school’s principal, Bheki Nhlabathi says the donation and clean-up of the old chemical lab made the teaching environment conducive for teachers and learners.
“We are grateful to PG Bison for the assistance to our school. This will change our lives because learners will no longer be taught standing but will sit comfortably,” says Bheki.