On 16 January, Adopt-a-School Foundation handed over a fully equipped science laboratory to Emjindini Secondary School in Barberton, Mpumalanga. This is part of the first phase of a five year adoption programme in partnership with Barberton Mines, a subsidiary of Pan African Resources. Phase two of the programme is underway and comprises of the demolition of unsafe prefab structures, the building of eight classrooms and an ablution block. Barberton Mine’s future plans for the school include the provision of a library, computer laboratory, a school hall and perimeter fencing. The plight of Emjindini Primary School was bought to the attention of Barberton Mines in 2013 by the Emjindini Reunion Alumni, who were trying to garner support to improve the teaching conditions in their alma mater. Barberton Mines have already invested over R12 million in one of Emjindini’s main feeder schools, Fairview Primary School, by rebuilding the school in the Singqobile community, in an effort to bring quality primary school education closer to their mining community.
On the 20th and 21st of October, the Foundation hosted a spectacles handover that benefited 288 learners. The spectacle handover was part of a broader Visual Support Programme funded by Merafe Resources, which screened over 2 900 learners. At the handover, learners attended with their parents who were jointly trained on how to take care