A Gugulethu school was the recipient of much South African Navy sweat equity last month ahead of Armed Forces Day in Cape Town.
The Siviwe School of Skills was selected as the third Armed Forces Day legacy project. This entailed upgrading school facilities, including buildings, before the February 21 parade reviewed by SA National Defence Force Commander-in-Chief President Cyril Ramaphosa at Bloubergstrand.
Under the eagle eye of Naval Base Simon’s Town facilities head, Captain Kenneth Patrick (currently also executive officer at the base) maritime service personnel undertook repair and refurbishment work to school buildings and the courtyard. Work was also done to clean up and beautify open areas around the school and a multi-purpose sports ground along with a properly composted vegetable garden were the final components of the 2019 legacy project.
The Armed Forces Day legacy project is an initiative of Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. She, according to her office, “identifies and adopts” a good cause to uplift a local community to tie in with wherever a specific Armed Forces Day event is held.
Siviwe School of Skills is exclusively for children with learning problems. It has 490 pupils from Langa, Phillipi, Cross Roads, Landsdown, Delft and Umfeleni. The school has grade one to nine classes and the curriculum is spread 50/50 between skills (woodwork, bricklaying, welding, hospitality, office administration, retail, sewing and hair care) and English, mathematics, Xhosa, physical education, life skills and computer studies.
Ahead of Armed Forces Day, defenceWeb asked Minister Mapisa-Nqakula’s office for information on previous Armed Forces Day legacy projects. At the time of publication no response had been received.