Leading physical asset management company Pragma, has assisted the Vulumzi Senior Secondary School in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, with improved science laboratories.
Says Nelson Broden, Pragma’s Regional Manager of the coastal region (Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal): “Our first project was the improvement of the three science laboratories at the school, which included repairing and replacing flooring and light fittings as well as installing mesh vent grills to windows in all of the labs.”
Kay Roberts, also of Pragma in Port Elizabeth, adds: “Furthermore, Pragma awarded the top Grade 12 learner, Harmans Bongolwethu, with extra resources for Maths, Physical Science, Accounting and Life Sciences to assist in his exam preparation. He’ll be matriculating at the end of this year.”
As part of their year-end function in December 2015, Pragma also spent the day at Vulumzi, cleaning and improving the science labs. Broden continues: “Science is such an important aspect of everyday life and we want to support the scientists of tomorrow. The collective knowledge and application of science affects us greatly and impacts our lives. If our support helps only one student, we’d have made a difference.”
Stéphan Pieterse, People and Organisational Development Manager at Pragma, adds that Pragma recently achieved a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) rating. “Our involvement with the communities in which we operate through our Socio Economic Development (SED) projects have become part of our DNA, our make-up, our value system. Pragma’s focus has been on creating access to the economy through the educational upliftment of youth and the development and improvement of educational infrastructure.”
According to Pieterse, Pragma gets involved with projects where their employees are already making a difference. “Each year, we invite our employees to suggest causes for consideration. Projects include tutoring at schools, school career days, small business training, school feeding schemes and educational support (school fees, school transport, etc.). We get involved in projects that are close to the hearts of our employees. It’s heart-warming and inspiring to see Vulumzi’s progress. We wish the school only the best and will support them as much as we can in the future.”
Author: Marlee Cloete
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