Siyathanda Crèche, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

12m container classroom and 3m container toilet

Friday, 25 January 2019

There was a buzz of excitement at Siyathanda Crèche on a very warm morning in Ladysmith in the north of KwaZulu Natal, as members of the management and staff of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRI) prepared to open the doors of a new classroom/kitchen combination and specially designed three-metre toilet facility. The school’s principal, Nomaswazi Khubeka opened in prayer and then thanked everyone for their attendance. She expressed her gratitude to SRI Production Director, Udaiyappan ‘Udaiy’ Ulagappan, and his team for their generous gift to the children, adding that the facilities would be well used! She also thanked Breadline Africa, represented by Marketing Manager, Melanie Jackson, for the lovely new classroom, kitchen and toilet.

Udaiy Ulagappan explained that the management team at SRI are very conscious of the fact that government is not always able to meet all of the needs of its constituency, and that it is the responsibility of good corporate citizens to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they operate. He added that he hoped that the pre-school would raise a strong new generation of Ladysmith residents, and that he looked forward to seeing some of the children walking through the gates of SRI in 15 to 20 years’ time as employees! Melanie Jackson also thanked SRI for their gift, and added a hope that the principal and practitioners would have many happy years of teaching and learning at Siyathanda. In addition, each child received a stationery pack – setting them up well for the year ahead with crayons, paints, glue and scissors … everything little hands could possibly need for creativity and fun.

A party pack full of delicious treats accompanied the stationery packs and the jumping castles had even the quietest little ones whooping and yelling as they leapt about! What a great start to the academic year in Ladysmith!

Siyathanda 25-01-19

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