Platinum giant Mimosa Mining Company has completed the refurbishment for Mtshingwe Primary School to continually engage their community as well as improve standards to improve children’s pass rate.
The platinum mine built 4 blocks and an administration block to increase the school’s enrolment from 620 children.
Mtshingwe Headmaster, Happison Ruvaza said the intervention of the mine was a relief since their infrastructure was at the brink of collapse.
“Life has not been easy for school children as they were learning in mud huts, which was not a conducive environment for them, so with the intervention of the mine we had to do away with poverty buildings. You cannot tell that this school is in rural areas because Mimosa equipped us with high class students,” said Ruvaza.
The head added that the school at one point recorded a zero percent pass rate due to poor standards but as of now the school scooped a prize in Midlands when it recorded ninety percent pass rate.
“At one point we had a zero percent pass rate, in 2015 we recorded 7 percent, and now we have a 91.7 percent,” added Ruvaza.
There is also a big horticulture project which was established by Mimosa at the school so as to preserve the environment due to tree planting.
After finishing the project Mimosa handed over to Runde District Council on the 13th of November 2010 and it was officially opened by the former president of Mozambique Joachim Chisano who was accompanied by the now president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The Head of Corporate Affairs for Mimosa, Elizabeth Nerwande Chibanda said in terms of corporate social responsibility Mimosa is the best as it has done many projects around Zvishavane and even at national level.
“We have community liaison meetings with the Chiefs, at national level we also have meetings with our strategic partners. We have done a number of projects in education, health and as Mimosa is the company that has taken social corporate responsibility seriously and has intervened in specific projects that are meaningful,” said Chibanda.