An Agreement has been signed for the implementation of a project to upgrade and expand the technical facilities at the Esibonelwesihle Secondary School which will be funded by the Alstom Foundation.
The signing took place on 7th August, in the presence of Yvan Eriau, Managing Director of Alstom Southern Africa and CEO of Alstom Ubunye; Kamohelo Paulina Motloung, principal of Esibonelweshile Secondary School; and Vincent Decoudier, representative from Electriciens Sans Frontières, a non- governmental organisation and the Department of Education Mr. Poovan Chetty (not present at the signing).
As part of the agreement – which follows extensive engagement between the parties – the Alstom Foundation will fund a mechanical technology and engineering graphic and design curriculum, combined with practical component, at the school for learners in Grades 10 to 12.
The school will be equipped with the tools and equipment necessary to allow extensive, high-quality training to be given in welding.
Flowing from Alstom Ubunye’s support will be knowledge and skills for Duduza’s youth to enter the manufacturing sector and a pipeline of new talent for the company and the South African manufacturing sector as a whole.
Yvan Eriau, is fully supportive of this initiative: “We want to help grow the Duduza community and help it use the talent, it has, in order to create more job opportunities.”
Alstom is committed to promoting economic development and social progress especially for communities in the vicinity of its operating locations around the world, thanks to the Alstom Foundation, created in 2007, as a means to implement these goals. Since its inception, the Alstom Foundation has supported 152 projects in 51 countries spread across six continents. The Foundation supports projects identified and nominated by local Alstom employees, and works hand-in-hand with local stakeholders to ensure the successful completion of projects.