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As part of paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) visited two schools that they’ve been involved with, sharing the day with teachers and children for Madiba Day.
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“Education changes people’s lives and we want to be a part of that change. If you can make a difference to one person, you can change a community. We couldn’t think of a better way to honour Tata Madiba than by empowering the youth and will continue to do so,” says Craig Newman, CEO of the JEC.
Inkwenkwezi Primary School in Soweto has been part of the JEC’s corporate social initiative for many years. The JEC is the proud sponsor of the school’s library, which has been revamped and supplied with some quality reading books. The JEC also sponsored cleaning products on the day and assisted with fixing up broken windows and more. “We’re extremely grateful for the donations and constant support that we receive from the JEC and its associates. We cannot express how thankful we are to all involved. These libraries will provide learners with the space to imagine and learn,” says principal Skipper Legalake.
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The JEC also sponsored Riverlea Primary School’s library that was opened this year and spent Madiba Day at this school too. The school’s library was re-carpeted and repainted as well as supplied with a number of quality reading books. Principal Marcelle Elephant says, “The JEC is part of our school family. They anticipate our needs before us, and we’re so grateful to Craig and his team for all they do for us.”
These initiatives wouldn’t have been possible without the help of fellow sponsors like GL Events South Africa, Main Event Catering, Recall Effective Security, Lodge Security, Expo Guys, ZF Cleaning, Sizwe Extinguisher, Mahatsi Developers, Sound Headquarters, Multi-Cup, Blue Ribbon, Ethos Productions, DMG Events and Pick ‘n Pay.
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