It was all hands on deck when a team from the Mandela School Library Project arrived at Bapoting Primary School, near Lephalale, Limpopo, to deliver a brand-new library to the school.

The project aims to ensure every pupil in South Africa has access to a library of books at school.

Principal Antang Segodi was on hand with his team to welcome the library team, which arrived early in the morning after a long drive from Johannesburg to start unloading the books.

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“The kids were a great help, and we were amazed to see how well they understood the need for correct social distance protocols and the wearing of masks, even in this very small rural community,” says one team member, adding that the school went to great lengths to show its appreciation for the gift.

Kaefer Thermal Contracting Services, which is doing work at Medupi Power Station near Lephalale, and Eskom, which owns the power station, sponsored the delivery of the library and another two libraries, at Kgomo Mokgalo Primary School and at Lerekguring Combined School. All three schools are in northern Limpopo.

“It is always humbling to see the dedication of the educators, and the level of reading ability was positively inspiring among the grade two, three and four learners, who gave us a taste of their abilities,” the Mandela School Library Project stated.

“A vote of thanks must go out to Kaefer and Eskom for their continual assistance in uplifting primary schools. We look forward to great things coming from this small school.”