Kansai Paint, the global paint partner of Manchester United, is committed to supporting and improving education. As part of the company’s corporate social investment programme, four schools have been selected from the various areas around South Africa in which Kansai Plascon’s factories operate.
Kansai Plascon’s Luipaardsvlei factory in Krugersdorp has chosen to assist Randfontein Secondary School by painting and renovating the buildings, and supporting the school’s soccer team. To do this, Kansai Plascon has enlisted the help of Manchester United legend Quinton Fortune.
Quinton Fortune came humble beginnings, growing up on the Cape Flats and leaving South Africa as a teenager to pursue his soccer dreams. He made a choice to change his circumstances and has become a role model to South Africa’s youth.
Kansai Plascon and Quinton Fortune will visit Randfontein Secondary School on 28 July 2014 to run a training clinic with the school’s soccer team, and to motivate and inspire the school’s learners to seek to excel in their studies, and to make the right life choices.
Randfontein Secondary School is located in a disadvantaged area, and its learners battle with social issues. Despite these challenges, the school has worked hard to increase the percentage of those passing Grade 12, thanks to the involvement of a strong governing body, a dedicated principal and educators, and the community.
Kansai Plascon supplied paint to Toekomsrus Primary School, Randfontein Secondary School’s feeder school, some five years ago in order to completely revamp the facilities. Since then, the primary school’s pass rate has been 100%, so Randfontein Secondary School was thus the natural choice to support, in order to boost the morale of local learners throughout their education.
Kansai Plascon has already started repainting Randfontein Secondary School and has completely redone one of the toilet blocks, which was previously in a poor state. Kansai Plascon’s involvement also triggered further support from the Department of Education, which has undertaken construction work to upgrade the ‘temporary’ board classrooms to facebrick structures. Kansai Plascon continues to be involved and aims to complete all painting by the end of 2015.
Randfontein Secondary School has a vegetable garden as part of a feeding scheme for disadvantaged community members. To further support the school and to supplement the feeding scheme, Kansai Plascon employees will plant fruit trees in the vegetable garden as part of the company’s Mandela Day activities.