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••• HA N D E LSN U U S AUBREY KRUGER Opening of Thobo Trust Computer Centre at Letsopa Primary School THE THOBO TRUST, AN INDEPENDENT EMPOWERMENT TRUST ESTABLISHED BY SENWES IN 2014, WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ON WEDNESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2015, AT LETSOPA PRIMARY SCHOOL. IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LAUNCH WAS THE OPENING OF THE THOBO TRUST LETSOPA COMPUTER CENTRE AT THE SCHOOL, WHICH IS SITUATED IN OTTOSDAL. Thobo Trust opens Letsopa Computer Centre in Ottosdal! Here are Dolly Dlavane (Chairperson of the Board of Trustees), Hasimbhay Motara (District Director of Education in the DR Kenneth Kaunda district in Northwest), and Elmarie Joynt (Trustee of Thobo Trust) and William Mawela (Tswaing Circuit Manager of the Department of Education). D olly Dlavane, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, and the District Director of Education in the DR Kenneth Kaunda district in Northwest, Hasimbhay Motara, opened the centre. In attendance were other Thobo Trust board members: Elmarie Joynt, Kholofelo Thobejane and Joe Maswanganyi. It was indeed a festive affair with 200 learners, representatives of the four primary schools in the area, namely Letsopa, Naledi, Lebogang and Tumisang Primary Schools in Letsopa, Ottosdal, principals, SGB’s as well as parents 52 being part of this occasion. The centre comprises 12 brand new computers and 8 refurbished which are connected to a printer. The four primary schools in the area will benefit from the centre as they have an agreement to share usage. Each school will have at least one day a week to use the centre. The other three schools are Naledi, Lebogang and Tumisang Primary Schools, all situated within two kilometres from the centre. On the day all were treated to a luncheon with singing and dancing learners rounding off the beautiful day. Attendees Desember 2015/Januarie 2016 • SENWES Scenario were also treated to a song by a choir from Naledi Primary School, with four learners, one of each school, reciting poems which appropriately had technology as a theme. All were very grateful to have access to technology where before they had no working computers at the school. MORE ABOUT THOBO TRUST The Thobo Trust head office is situated at Senwes head office in Klerksdorp. The Trust drives the overarching CSI and SED strategy for Senwes, whilst partnering with Senwes’ subsidiaries and joint venture partners on specific initiatives or projects. The core focus areas of the Trust are education, enterprise development and employee wellness. The majority of the Trust’s beneficiaries are from previously disadvantaged South African communities. As far as education is concerned, the Trust is focused on technology, early childhood development centres and vegetable gardens at schools.