Zimbabwe’s Primary and Secondary Education permanent secretary, Tumisang Thabela on Wednesday commissioned three educational projects worth over US$300 000 undertaken in Shurugwi by Platinum producer, Unki Mine as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programmes.
The Shurugwi based platinum giant renovated a state-of-the-art science laboratory at Selukwe Chrome High School at a cost of US$25 000, as well as constructing a multipurpose sports court and donating a bus to Impali Primary School worth US$97 910,68 and US$233 345 respectively.
Thabela commended Anglo-American, Unki Mines for supporting government efforts in providing infrastructure and other facilities at educational institutions saying it (government) lacked enough resources to fully deliver on such responsibilities. “On behalf of government I would like to sincerely thank the gesture by Unki Mines in investing in such infrastructure development,”Thabela said at the handover ceremony held at the two schools respectively.
“This is a milestone worth celebrating and appreciating as the ministry migrates to a competence based curriculum.” She added: “As government alone we cannot fully deliver on our responsibilities because of lack of resources as such public-private partnerships as demonstrated by Unki Mines should be commended.
“This event marks government’s continuous call that it cannot go it alone in offering public services and we urge other private partners to emulate Unki Mines in enhancing such partnerships.” Thabela said the laboratory at Selukwe will ensure that students can now study science subjects without travelling to distant schools in Gweru.
She said the sports facilities at Impali would go a long way in ensuring that learners excel outside the academic field. Speaking at the same event and in a speech read on his behalf by Senior Human Resources Manager, Anthony Chadhliwa, Unki General manager, Walter Nemasasi said the mine was committed to partnering government and other stakeholders in providing a quality learning environment for children.
“If our children are to succeed they need a good learning environment and as Unki Mines we will continue to partner our stakeholders in ensuring quality education in our host community,”Nemasasi said.
“We also appreciate the importance of balanced learning through extra-curricular activities. In that regard we undertook construction of two multi-purpose courts at Impali Primary School to allow learners to explore their talents outside the academic space.” He said the bus donated to Impali would ensure that school children have access to a safe and reliable transport system.