Capitec Bank’s Polokwane branch recently went to Phagamang Secondary School to bring the school’s new vegetable garden to life.
The bank raised R28 867 to build a colourful and sustainable vegetable garden for the school, which was one of the results of the successful Polokwane Color Run 2015.
Capitec Bank, headline sponsor of The Color Run, partnered with Adopt-A-School as part of their CSI programme. R10 of each ticket sold for The Color Run is donated by Capitec Bank to a selected school in need in each area where The Color Run is staged.
In Polokwane the proceeds were used to purchase tools and resources to help build and maintain a vegetable garden on the school premises that will assist with the school’s current feeding scheme, which is currently under pressure from rising inﬂation rates.
At the handover celebration the speakers included the principal from Phagamang, Sello Leshabela, a representative from the Department of Agriculture, Elias Dikgale, and Maureen Mogale, Operations Business Manager from Capitec Bank. On the day, Capitec branch staff and learners came together to break ground and plant seeds that will grow to feed the learners.
The resource needs of Phagamang Secondary School are in line with what Capitec works to achieve through their CSI portfolio: sustainable education solutions that give the community a measure of ﬁnancial freedom and control to improve their lives.
“Our wish is to provide the schools identiﬁ ed in each region with opportunities for better education and what better way than to provide Phagamang with a nutritious, sustainable solution?” said Capitec Bank Head of Communications Charl Nel.
Phagamang has partnered with the Department of Agriculture (DOA) to ensure that the project is sustainable.
This will facilitate their education on the best farming practices and teaching others how to farm sustainably. The DOA has assigned a community education ofﬁcer who will assist the school with any challenges and will visit on a quarterly basis.
The learners at Phagamang come from impoverished homes around the area – some are orphaned and many are vulnerable. Most of the learners get their only meal for the day at the school.
The vegetable garden will help to broaden the scope of the feeding programme and provide food to the children when they need it most – over the school holidays.
The Color Run, which is known as the happiest 5k on earth, is sponsored by Capitec Bank and is a fun day out for the whole family.
Children under the age of 10 run for free.