On 24 July, community members of Bodibe Village in the North West Province attended the annual Lafarge Community Trust Awards for Excellence ceremony, held at the EH Mogase Primary School.
Over 40 awards were given to worthy learners, educators and community members, honouring them for their exceptional display of commitment and excellence through their respective roles.
"The event was a huge success," says Cheryl Carolus, Chairperson of Lafarge Education and Community Trusts; "It was very touching and rewarding to see the learners' faces receiving their awards."
Thanks to Lafarge South Africa, a member of the international LafargeHolcim group-a world leader in building materials-the event successfully engaged community members in bringing about awareness of the importance of community involvement and support for education in the area.
The Department of Basic Education Circuit Manager, Nomhle Radebe, also attended the event and offered her congratulations to the award winners.
"It is an honour to be part of this ceremony because it is important to acknowledge the contribution made by our community members, learners and educators," Radebe told those in attendance. She added her congratulations to include the Lafarge Trusts, thanking the Trusts' company (Lafarge South Africa) for setting an example to other corporate bodies by its leading commitment to the upliftment of the community.
The event also honoured Lafarge South Africa's successful completion of the first-ever large-scale infrastructure projects for 10 schools in the area.
"Now Tau Rapulana High School has a Computer lab; Mmuagabo Primary, a Science lab; and Molekane Primary, new classrooms, to mention a few," says Carolus, speaking of the impact Lafarge South Africa's building initiatives have had in the community-and these initiatives, she explains, are directly aligned with the company's dedication to building better communities.
Invited guests were given a unique tour of the several new and modern facilities, for which Bodibe community members expressed no mean delight in just how modern and well-built the facilities appeared.
Learners were excited and grateful for the event, and many said they felt encouraged by the ceremony to try harder in their studies.
"That this event has encouraged learners to value education, is worth all the hard work," says Carolus, speaking on behalf of the Lafarge Education Trusts.
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