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PPC donates US$250k labs to a Gutu school

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PPC donates US$250k labs to a Gutu school


Trymore Tagwirei

MASVINGO – Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Zimbabwe has generously donated state-of-the-art computer and science laboratories worth a staggering US$250,000 to Chadzamira High School in Gutu.
The fully furnished computer laboratory boasts 21 computers, while the science lab is equipped with all the necessary equipment and chemicals. Both labs are part of PPC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
Head of Corporate and Supply Chain Trust at PPC, Mabaya, informed The Mirror that the cement giant began constructing these facilities last year for rural schools identified by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
“We are building two classroom blocks and furnishing them; one room has 21 computers complete with Wi-Fi access while the other is a fully equipped science laboratory,” he explained.
Solar panels were also installed as backup power sources, two boreholes were drilled to ensure adequate water supply, water tanks were donated, fencing was provided for both school premises and an adjacent hectare was set aside for irrigation purposes to raise funds towards purchasing Wi-Fi services.

The construction cost totalled US$25k according to Nkosana Mapuma – Head of Sales & Marketing at PPC – who added that it was their pleasure contributing towards improving educational standards in underprivileged areas such as this one.
Minister Torerayi Moyo from the Ministry of Primary & Secondary Education expressed his gratitude towards PPC Zimbabwe for its remarkable donation which would benefit pupils in rural areas immensely:
“I am happy with this remarkable donation by PPC Zimbabwe… We are encouraging students to take STEM subjects and we hope our students will be innovative,” he said.
Chadzamira School head Tsaurayi Donald Tivaone applauded PPC for equipping his institution: “We are excited about what PPC Zimbabwe has done for us… We hope that these two laboratories will help our students take STEM subjects since now we have all the materials needed.”

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