Petrochem giant helps build new bathrooms for KZN school
05 August 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202020008
ENGEN is collaborating with Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE) to ensure that more schools have access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.
As part of government’s private-public sector partnership programme – and in collaboration with the Department of Education – Engen identified rural and township primary schools in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and North West provinces for modern sanitation upgrades.
Langalakhe High School in Nzondweni near Pietermaritzburg is the second school to receive new facilities, thanks to a partnership between Engen, the Department of Health and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Builders drawn from the community constructed the school’s new ablution facilities, which now include brand-new bathroom facilities, including seven toilets and four wash basins for the girl’s bathroom, as well as four toilets, four urinals and four wash basins for the boy’s bathroom.
Engen’s head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, Unathi Magida said, “The installation of these age-appropriate sanitation facilities at Langalakhe High School will not only improve learner’s health and safety but will also enable them to focus on their studies and attend school with dignity.”
Earlier this year, Engen partnered with SAFE at Madima Primary School, Saulspoort (Rampipi Section), Modderkuil in the North-West province.
Builders drawn from the local Modderkuil community helped transform the school’s ablution facilities, which now include brand-new bathroom facilities, including ten toilets and six basins for the girl’s bathroom, as well as four toilets, six urinals and three basins for the boy’s bathroom.
Engen Managing Director and CEO, Yusa’ Hassan said, “Clean water and sanitation are a basic human right and not a privilege, which is why heeding governments call to help fight the blight of pit latrines at schools and supporting the SAFE school sanitation initiative is so important to Engen”.