Telkom CEO adopts three schools

Johannesburg, 28 Mar 2006
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Telkom CEO Papi Molotsane adopted three schools in Atteridgeville near Tshwane, as part of the company`s corporate social initiative, Telkom says in a statement.

The adoptions were made through the Telkom Foundation, Telkom`s social investment wing, which contributes to a number of upliftment programmes countrywide. One of the foundation`s initiatives is "Adopt-a-Project", which encourages the company`s top management to give back to communities of their choice, Telkom says.

The three schools, which contributed to Molotsane`s early education, are Dr Nkomo High School, Walton Jameson Primary School and JJ de Jong Primary School.

Dr Nkomo High School received a science laboratory in addition to its environmental facelift; Walton Jameson Primary received laboratory equipment and JJ de Jong Primary School was given a steel structure under which school assemblies will be conducted, a computer lab comprising 20 computers, a printer and an Internet connection with a monthly rebate of R1 500, Telkom states.

"The business community has an obligation to preserve the environment and boost social and economic conditions in developing countries," said Molotsane.

Molotsane emphasised the role corporate organisations need to play in transforming disadvantaged communities through sustainable development programmes in the field of education and training, especially in the fields of mathematics, science and technology.

The Telkom Foundation, established in April 2002, is a non-profit making organisation focusing on investing in and developing previously disadvantaged South Africans. The Telkom Foundation spent about R45.4 million in 2005 out of the R100 million five-year budget, it says.

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