67 Minutes for 67 children

Siza Water is always looking for legacy projects that would make a difference in the lives of the forgotten millions of South Africa which is why this Mandela Day they decided to build a brand new classroom for the 67 pupils of Shayamoya Crèche.
The new classroom will enable the children, aging from zero to four years old to be split into two classrooms and better accommodate their different educational needs.
“We always look at legacy projects that will improve the quality of education and create a base from which they can strive to improve and add to the value of society,” said Siza Water managing director, Shyam Misra.

In front of the new classroom are from left Shayamoya Crèche teachers Lungi Ngubane and Mduduzi Mbhili, iLembe speaker Cllr. Lucky Makhathini, Siza Water MD, Shyam Misra, Cllr. John Phahla, R&B Civils’ Mark Morgan and Shayamoya Crèche principal, Joyce Ndlala with some of the crèche pupils.
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With this grassroots project tying in with Siza Water’s ongoing bursary project that assists deserving students form previously disadvantaged backgrounds attain a tertiary education, it attests to the company’s holistic approach to education.
“We want to be seen as a socially responsible company and this is one of the projects we are very proud of. Mandela would not have wanted this to be a public holiday; he wanted people to be invested in society in order to build a legacy to put South Africa on a journey of empowerment. That is what this project is about,” Misra said.
He reiterated that the new classroom was something the community should cherish and look after and pledged Siza Water’s commitment to helping the school sustain it.
Misra said he was grateful for R&B Civils who provided the labor and was grateful for the quality of the building that has been put up.
iLembe district municipality speaker, Cllr. Lucky Makhathini was delighted with the project, saying children were close to Mandela’s heart because he never saw children during his 27 years in prison.
“This does not look like a R100 000 project done in two weeks; it is beautiful. If Siza Water and R&B Civils could be multiplied, this country would be a better place.”
Ward councilor, John Phahla said Siza Water’s existence in the community was noticed and urged them to keep up the good work while principal Joyce Ndlala explained how the new classroom was a blessing as the older kids who wanted to play around could now be separated from the babies who needed to take naps during the day.