Caption: Before and after pictures of the library room at Nebo Primary School with the PenBev and Expro teams who transformed the room for Mandela Day.

Over 350 children from Nebo Primary in Ravensmead Cape Town were pleasantly surprised to find a brand new library when they returned to school today after the winter holiday.

In celebration of Mandela Day, Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in the Western and Northern Cape) and Expro joined forces to refurbish an old classroom at Nebo Primary into a colourful library with books, puzzles and games.

The classroom revamp included painting of the walls, installing shelves, carpeting and repairing broken windows. The new library was stocked with books, puzzles and games collected by PenBev and Expro. The two companies situated in Ravensmead, also encouraged their employees to spend their 67minutes for Mandela Day cleaning and arranging the books in the library.

Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Manager at PenBev, Denise Behrens comments, “Nebo Primary is in dire need of support as they are often without basic facilities due to vandalism at the school. As educating our youth is vital in developing future leaders in South Africa, creating a library for the children for Mandela Day was an easy choice to allow the children to learn and have fun.”

As the children returned to school, they were treated to soup, bread, Minute Maid and crisps during their first lunch break.

School Principal, Karin Williams comments, “We are so thankful to PenBev and Expro for their continued support over the years. It’s amazing what has been achieved at the school. The learners are mostly Afrikaans speaking and they desperately needed English material to further their education. With the new library, many of the books are English and this will go a very long way in their education.”

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.