Bokantsho school refurbishment project

Bokantsho school refurbishment project As part of our ongoing social commitment to uplift communities around our operations, Babcock undertook much-needed renovations for the Bokantsho Primary School in Viljoensdrift, South Africa.

​Located approximately 5 km from the Lethabo Power Station, the school provides an essential service to the community and caters for Grade R to 7 learners from different townships. The majority of the schools 198 pupils come from nearby farms and impoverished families who cannot afford to pay school fees. The school also participates in the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) which provides food for pupils on a daily basis.

The school upgrade team comprised of Diana Tshivhase (GM Babcock), Eddie Enslin (Project Manager Babcock Lethabo), Danie Steenkamp (Babcock Buyer) and Nomsa Mahlangu (Project Accountant Babcock Lethabo), as well as Eskom personnel including Station Manager Karabo Rakgolela and their Communications and Stakeholder Officer Phumzile Maphalala.

The team engaged several contractors to upgrade the school buildings, inclduding the classrooms, kitchen, hall, administration building and toilets. The scope of work was extensive and included painting of walls, repairing and replacing ceilings, doors, windows and roofing, installing new flooring, repairing and upgrading of the electrics and plumbing, and removing of the old fence and installing a new one.

T.A Lengana, the school’s principal, said: “Babcock’s contribution and assistance is highly appreciated and valued, and ensures that learners are taught in an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. The support also contributes to learners’ holistic development by providing adequate resources for all learners, and will contribute to improving the learners’ confidence and their self-worth.”

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