Caption: Middelpos Primary School and boarding house in the Northern Cape welcome the repair work, installations and new transport vehicle to the school. Principal Carin Steenkamp addresses the learners next to the schools new transport vehicle.  

Many small communities in South Africa are in dire need of support but are often not known to businesses looking to invest their corporate social investment funds. One such town is Middelpos in the Northern Cape where the Primary School and boarding house were in desperate need of repair work.

Middelpos Primary School accommodates approximately 164 learners in the area and is often the only place where the children receive a meal. Koelbly Edms Beperk (local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Northern Cape) met with the schools’ Principal, Carin Steenkamp, to see how they could help.

Over the past few months, Koelbly in partnership with Namaqua Engineering, has installed solar panels at the boarding house to help reduce energy costs, computers, a portable proxima, cutlery and crockery as well as general repair work to the school and sport facilities. The company also surprised the school by donating a much needed transport vehicle to enable the learners to be able to visit areas outside of Middelpos.

PenBev’s Corporate Communications Manager, Denise Green, says, “When we visited the school earlier in July, we were pleased that we could assist the school with the repair work and in that way support the teachers that help the learners of the Middelpos area.”

Green continues, “As education is vital to grow learners into self-sustaining adults and future leaders of our country, we as Coca-Cola are fortunate to be able to support many educational initiatives.”

With their new facilities, the learners at Middelpos Primary School are now more empowered to focus on their education and reaching their dreams.

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