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Mandela School of Science & Technology – Photo Story 2: Construction process

In this photo series, we want to familiarize you with the Mandela School of Science & Technology. In the process of being built, the project is one of South Africa’s most ambitious corporate social responsibility projects as well as one of Siemens’ biggest social investments to date. The Mandela School of Science & Technology is located in Mvezo, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. It embodies Mandela’s belief that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. On a regular basis, we will provide you with pictures depicting different topics of the project. In the second part of this series we will take a look at the construction process of the Mandela School of Science & Technology.

The construction of the school started in October 2012. The yellow rondavel in the back houses the original Nkwenkwezi Primary School. It will remain on the premises of the Mandela School of Science & Technology in testimony of how the school has grown. Sigi Proebstl, CEO of Siemens Southern Africa and Cluster Africa, states: “We want to give something back, and for us, this means helping when help is needed.”

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By February 2013, construction workers have completed laying the foundations of the buildings. These foundations are as deep as 1.3 meters for the double-storey buildings. Members of the Mvezo community are benefitting from a Skills Development Programme: They have been trained in building skills and employed on the site.

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By April, the building site has progressed quite a bit. The administration building and the school hall are both at roof level, the ground levels of the double-storey classrooms are completed. On April 26, Eastern Cape Premier Ms Noxolo Kiviet visited the building site.

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By May, the classrooms are already well under way, with the second levels of the blocks being built. The roof beams of the school hall are also in the process of being installed. The building site is a hive of activity as construction workers aim to complete the school by the end of this year.

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A model shows what the school area will look like after construction will be finished. The school will include 25 classrooms, a resource center, teachers’ accommodation, football and netball fields, cultivated areas, an administration building and a school hall. It furthermore will feature wind and solar energy, energy-efficient lighting, automation systems, rainwater capture and water filtration technologies according to Siemens’ sustainability principles.

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