BLOEMFONTEIN - It was joy and excitement for pupils of Seithati Intermediate Primary School when Tiger Brands Foundation donated a R450000 fully furnished kitchen.
The handover was held on Tuesday at Seithati Intermediate primary school based in H-Section in Botshabelo outside Bloemfontein. The school was chosen as the best in Motheo district based in the Free State and the National School Nutrition Programme in the country. The principal of Seithati Intermediate School, Kunene Kwababa, said; “Our school was established in 1994. A school that sits in a community ravaged by the debilitating effects of poverty.
That is why when this competition came along, we were motivated because we knew that it will pay us dividends if we took part. He further said that they won the prize because of the support of the parents. “Seithati will never be the same again. We thank Tiger Bands Foundation for changing the lives of pupils. Our school results are definitely going to improve this year. We are targeting a 90% pass rate,” said Kwababa. The chairman of the board of trustees of Tiger Bands Foundation, Kabelo Dlothi, said; “The Tiger Bands Foundation was established in 2009. We have been in existence for just over seven years and our mission is to improve the lives of the non-fee paying schools children and surrounding communities by creating a sustainable, scalable, applicable programme focusing on nutrition and education,” said Dlothi. He called on corporate donors to participate in tackling under nutrition.
He further said that since inception, they spend 90 million for the programme and they served over 40 million meals to schools around the country. MEC for Education in the Free State, Tate Makgoe, said; “We are here at Seithati Intermediate School because is the best school in terms of the National School Nutrition Programme in the Free State. We are very happy that one of the township schools here in Botshabelo is considered as the best school. “Today we came here to celebrate and open the state-of-the-art kitchen. I am so happy that our children will have breakfast every morning for the next three years. We want thank the Tiger Bands Foundation,” said Makgoe.