Nestled in the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape, the Mandela School of Science and Technology is taking shape. Construction is progressing very well and is on track for completion by the end of October this year. The school will empower young people in Mvezo and surrounding areas with the knowledge and the skills to change their world. It is a place where young people will have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves, and for generations to come.
Work at the busy construction site came to a short halt recently to allow Chief Mandla Mandela and the Mvezo Traditional Council to show the site to the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Noxolo Kiviet. They were joined by representatives from Siemens, the Department of Education and the Mvezo Development Trust, who form the combined steering and working committee on this project.
Visitors could see the school taking shape with the Assembly Hall and Administration building already at roof level. The 25 classrooms, which will provide space for 700 learners, are past ground floor level and construction on the Resource Centre and teachers’ accommodation is progressing on schedule.
Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet was visibly pleased with the work done so. She commented, “although Government has invested billions of Rands to bring the school infrastructure in this part of the province to acceptable levels, the amount of backlogs require all of us including the private sector to open our purses and work with the utmost urgency to change the current situation. I applaud Siemens for delivering on the promise they made to Tata Madiba in 2010 to build a school here in Mvezo, his birthplace. The Mandela School of Science and Technology will without doubt contribute to our government’s efforts to provide the highest quality of education to the youth of our country.”