The programme will supply around 5 000 lamps and pencil bags to matric pupils at certain schools around the country. This is to ensure that students from disadvantaged communities have sufficient light and stationery to study after school.
“This will assist students to study effectively both day and night in order to achieve their education objectives, and to acquire vital skills and knowledge,” said Sanjoy Gupta, chief executive officer of Mahindra SA (MSA).
Logistics supplier of MSA, Sanvino del Bene is taking on the task of transporting the goods to the various schools. Together with Rotary SA clubs, the delivery of the pencil bags and lamps will be facilitated by Mahindra’s national dealer network in each area.
The campaign will be kicking off in late February, and is aligned with Mahindra’s ethos and values. "Our driving purpose is epitomised by the word 'Rise.' It’s a call to action; a commitment to assisting communities to advance, and to drive positive change,” Sanjoy added.
“Education is at the very core of nation building, and it is vitally important that all young people are given every opportunity to study towards a career, and a future,” Sanjoy said. “By supplying meaningful assistance, we believe that Mahindra SA and its dealers can make a very real difference.”
Commenting on behalf of Rotary SA, the organisation’s past district governor, Greg Stathacopoulos, said the support of the initiative by Mahindra SA was invaluable.
“We depend heavily on the contributions of corporates to implement meaningful projects such as this, and Mahindra SA’s assistance is a shining example of how companies can improve the lives of disadvantaged South Africans," he said.