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2016-10-29

LANXESS Mine's journey with Rally to Read comes to an end with a bang!

Over R86-million has been raised for rural education through the Rally to Read programme to date.

German specialty chemicals company, LANXESS, participated in its third and last year of the Rally to Read sponsorship in the North West Province, South Africa. The event took place on the weekend of the 29th October 2016. Rally to Read is an educational programme and road show organised by Bidvest in association with the READ Educational Trust and McCarthy Motors, annually.

In its 18th year, the Rally to Read programme continues to deliver hope to rural learners, their teachers and their parents for a better future. The programme has a direct and positive impact on the Department of Education’s documented national priorities, including the reduction of illiteracy, developing the professional abilities of the educators, improving school effectiveness while equipping pupils with appropriate skills, especially with regard to maths, science and technology.

“Participating in the annual Rally to Read has been a humbling experience for the LANXESS Chrome Mine team. One's conscience can't help but be awakened when one witnesses the difference made by our investment in the programme. At LANXESS, investing in education is the keystone of our sustainable corporate policy. The Rally to Read programme, with its focus on education, falls well in line with our global corporate responsibility strategy, which supports educational interventions such as this one. We are currently funding the building of a library in our labour sending community of Photsaneng and Thekwane. As much the LANXESS journey comes to an end with Rally to Read, LANXESS looks forward to its journey to bring hope to the quality of education in this country by investing in long term initiatives that will positively impact the future of the children from communities where we operate,” said Asaph Ngoepe, Social Labour Plan (SLP) Superintendent for LANXESS Chrome Mining, Rustenburg, North West.

The first stop was at Monato Intermediate School, where both learners and sponsors were, as usual, looking forward to the delivery of the educational material packaged in brightly coloured containers, adding to the learners and educators' excitement. Expressing their delight, learners gave a performance in song to welcome sponsors, parents and community members and later showcased their literacy abilities.

“Today marks the celebration and the final journey of our three year commitment with our sponsors. I want to thank the children for the commitment they have shown and the time invested in the programme to ensure that they benefit from it. It also goes without saying that this programmes wouldn't have been this successful in our school had it not been for our educators, who made personal sacrifices in order to see a child from a rural community such as ours receiving quality education and gaining confidence in communicating, especially in English. None of this would have been possible without the support of the parents and the School Governing Body and for this I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. To our sponsors, though a bitter sweet occasion, it is a pleasure to have you back in our school this year. 2016 might be the end of this partnership, but I want to assure you that, for as long as I am the Head Master in this school, I will make sure that your investment continues long after you are gone. Please don’t let this be the end of your positive impact in our schools and in our Country. ” said Mr GM Mabe, Headmaster at Monato Intermediary School.

Another stop was at Tsunyane Primary School, where educators, learners and parents gathered, tired after a long anticipation of the sponsors’ arrival in the scotching heat. On sight of the Rally to Read team the energy returned and in high spirits, they sang, confidently recited poetry and read to the crowd, before giving the visitors a tour of the school, showcasing the learners and school’s noticeable progress.

Headmaster, Mr. Abbey Sesane, on behalf of the Areaganeng Circuit of the Rustenburg Area Project Office in the Bojanala District, North West, thanked everyone present saying, “I would like to thank you for selecting and developing us. Reading has become our second nature. My team of educators, parents and the School Governing Body are forever grateful for the opportunity you have given us, especially the learners whose progress in the duration of this partnership is evident. We will look after the resources you have invested in the school and in our learners. I am not sad about our parting of ways for I know that you will carry on playing a critical role in our country’s quest to address the major educational challenges it faces. May the good Lord bless you in all your forts.”

LANXESS has been supporting the Rally to Read programme, as part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) since 2011.

Read Foundation, the NGO partner in this project, operates as an educator development agency in the field of language, literacy and communication and is a leader in the fields of educational assessment, and materials development and resource provision. They provide frequent guidance, monitoring and evaluation of the programme at the benefiting schools to ensure the material is being fully utilized.

LANXESS in South Africa

LANXESS. is the only company in South African to handle the entire value chain from the chrome ore to the leather tanning materials. The chrome chain starts with the mining of the raw material, chrome ore, at the mine in Rustenburg. At the Newcastle plant, the most modern chrome chemicals production facility in the world, the ore is processed into sodium dichromate and chromic acid. Sodium dichromate is shipped to LANXESS’ plant in Merebank, near Durban, and used in the production of chrome tanning salts for the global leather tanning industry. LANXESS employs some 900 staff in South Africa.

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