Kumba funds ECD centres


Kumba Iron Ore focuses its community development strategy on the importance of education and community upliftment.

South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies in the world, with rampant poverty proving to be a serious obstacle to social upliftment and economic development. According to a study by The Presidency (Office of the Rights of the Child), children raised in poor families are most at risk of infant death, low birth-weight, stunted growth, poor adjustment to school, increased repetition and school dropout.

The report states that timely and appropriate interventions are required to reverse the effects of early deprivation and maximise the development of potential, which is why access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) by children between the ages of 0 - 5 needs to be increased.

Heeding government’s call for corporate participation, Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, focuses its community development strategy on the importance of education and community upliftment. This year, in partnership with the Northern Cape Department of Education (NCDoE), the company continued its good work in the sphere of ECD.

Kumba has funded the construction of nine ECD centres since 2011 at a total investment of R32 million in Kagung, Magojaneng, Seoding, Batlharos, Mothibistad, Dithakong, Glen Red, Cassel and Bankhara Bodulong.

These centres were recently handed over to the NCDoE at Lareng Primary School in Seoding, one of the centres constructed as part of this initiative. MEC of Education in the Northern Cape, Grizelda Cjiekella, remarked on the strategic importance of tri-sectoral partnerships between government, the private sector, and civil society as one of the best ways to ensure effective access to services, especially for the poorest sections of society.

“These remarkable developments and substantial contributions by Kumba Iron Ore is indicative of the visionary and proactive leadership of all stakeholders involved. This has resulted in the dynamic and enduring partnership that has developed between the people, department and Kumba Iron Ore. This bears testimony to the power and achievements of constructive partnerships among the various sectors of society,” she said.

This initiative goes beyond just the construction and equipping of new centres. Through the ECD Learnership Programme, six passionate local women will now be trained as educators.

Tumi Thulare


comments powered by Disqus


This edition

Issue 68