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PPC supports educational institutions in local communities

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On 21 October, PPC Ltd, one of South Africa’s leading cement manufacturers, delivered a number of books to Protea Glen High School in Soweto. The company additionally donated around ZAR200 000 to fund the redecoration of the school’s facilities. Protea Glen High School was identified by PPC as a deserving recipient for this contribution as it is presently listed among the many educational institutions in South Africa that do not have access to library facilities and are in desperate need of educational materials. The donation was carried out in collaboration with Breadline RSA (in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation).

Social responsibility activities in the communities in which the company operates are a key focus area for PPC. Francie Shonhiwa, PPC Group CSI Manager, said: “This project not only focuses on the school’s library, but also on strengthening the school. At PPC our support focus includes contributions that particularly fast-track improvements to capacity, systems and training, whilst playing a critical role in helping learners and teachers to perform better.”

“Our investment towards the Protea Glen High School library is one way for PPC to continue Tata Mandela’s legacy through this key focus area – education,” continued Shonhiwa. “Literacy in schools is imperative as more children are able to complete high school, opening opportunities for further tertiary education and better employment prospects. The intention is to keep young minds active through reading as good reading material widens knowledge. For PPC it is about aligning its social brand with the PPC philosophy – “strength beyond the bag” – which ranks education as being crucial to building a strong foundation and preparing learners for a successful future,” concluded Shonhiwa.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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