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New high school takes centre stage in Mvezo on Mandela Day

  • Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga visits Mandela School of Science & Technology in Mvezo on 18 July
  • Minister Motshekga and Siemens executives, provincial officials and community leaders will contribute their 67 minutes of community service at the school
  • School to open in January 2014 as first high school in Mvezo

A brand new school of science and technology will be the centre of attention on International Mandela Day in former President Nelson Mandela’s birthplace.

The R100m Mandela School of Science & Technology will open in January 2014.

On Mandela Day, Thursday 18 July, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will join Siemens executives, provincial officials and community leaders in contributing their 67 minutes of community service at the school.

The school is an embodiment of Nelson Mandela’s belief that education is a powerful weapon to change the world. Siemens committed to building the school in 2010 following a meeting between Mandela and Siemens global President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Loescher.

Construction of the school has made rapid progress and completed facilities already include the school hall, admin building, resource centre and sports pavilion.

Motshekga is due to tour the school with Nkosi (Chief) Zwelivelile Mandela, Head of the Mvezo Traditional Council and Prof Dr Siegfried Russwurm, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG.

The school is one of South Africa’s most ambitious corporate social responsibility projects and the fulfilment of Mandela’s dream of building a high school in the village of his birth. The school’s motto is “Education is Freedom” and it is expected to produce graduates who will proceed to careers in science and engineering.

There is currently no high school in Mvezo or surrounding communities. The Mandela School of Science & Technology will provide world class facilities and educational opportunities to learners from a wide area around Mandela’s birthplace.

Contact for journalists:

Siemens Southern Africa

José Machado, Phone +27 (011) 652 2160

Email: josemachado@siemens.com

For further information please see http://www.siemens.co.za or http://www.mandelaschool.co.za/

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