17 Oct 2019
PRETORIA, October 16, 2019 – Assupol, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and National Education Collaboration Trust, officially handed over 10 newly constructed ablution facilities to schools in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo, who were previously unable to offer dignified ablution facilities to their learners. The handover is in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for South Africans, corporates, NGOs and international partners to join forces in the Safe (Sanitation Appropriate for Education) School Sanitation Initiative, to make schools a safer and more dignified environment for their learners.
“We strongly believe that we have an obligation to serve the nation in addressing the socio-economic challenges our communities are faced with. We felt that the SAFE initiative aligns well within our company’s strategic objectives and therefore afforded us a fitting opportunity to respond to President Ramaphosa’s call,” says Bridget Mokwena-Halala, Assupol Life CEO.
Assupol first announced its commitment to build sanitation facilities for at least 100 primary schools in South Africa, at its annual Top Achievers Awards ceremony in September 2018. At the event, Minister of Basic Education; Ms Angie Motshekga, praised the initiative and encouraged other companies to follow suite. Ms Motshekga noted that Assupol’s project was the largest commitment to be undertaken with a company in 2018, as part of the collaborative campaign with government, to eradicate inappropriate sanitation in schools.
The first 10 schools that have benefited from the project include:
“We are thankful to the communities of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo for allowing us to serve them in this manner. The education of our youth is critical to the future of all South Africans, and we are eager to foster this by strongly supporting these initiatives. We are proud to contribute to the success of the Safe School Sanitation Initiative,” concludes Mokwena-Halala.