Private Sector contributions keep pouring in for the Basic Education Sector, with a specific focus on improving the effective implementation of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) and sport in schools. Dr Granville Whittle, DBE Acting Director-General, officiated the handover ceremony of a kitchen and cricket facility to Rabana Primary School in Ventersdorp, North West Province on 25 October 2019. Dr Whittle highlighted the importance of nutrition and sports, saying that the facilities will add value, not only to serving learners in dignity, but also in promoting active lifestyles among learners with the subsequent spin-offs of improved academic performance. Both the kitchen and cricket facility were donated to the school by the DBE and Cricket South Africa through the Senwes Spinners Cricket Programme respectively.
For many years, the sporting talent of the learners at Rabana Primary School have been compromised due to a lack of a proper sports facility. With the cricket facility being made available to enthusiastic cricketers, learners are hopeful to reach greater sporting heights, both locally and internationally. A Grade 7 learner at the school, Kamogelo Kaudi, said: “I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for the support. My message to my fellow learners is that this facility is a special gift to us; we are expected to take care of it so that other learners in lower grades can also benefit”.
Mr Max Jordaan, responsible for Transformation and Stakeholder Relations at Cricket South Africa, said that, “the rationale behind donating the cricket facility at the school is to unearth young sporting talent as the school has already contributed players to the Age Group Teams, who represent the North West Cricket Association. Rabana Primary School is part of the 16 farm schools under the Senwes Spinners Cricket Programme, which promotes active and healthy lifestyles amongst farm school learners. For the past 14 years, the Programme has been sustained - reaching out to several farm schools in the North West and Free State Provinces. Negotiations are currently underway to ensure that the Programme is implemented nationally. The approach we take in rolling out this Programme is to ensure that schools that we identify, become centres of excellence for the promotion of cricket across all nine provinces,” concluded Mr Jordaan.