The world’s second-largest platinum producer, Impala Platinum (Implats) handed over a brand new R86 million combination primary and secondary school in Rustenburg today, aimed at alleviating pressure to the only primary school in the area.

The demand for new school facilities is the result of a new neighboring suburb, Sunrise View. The Implats housing initiative, which actively promotes home ownership amongst employees, has seen the development of 1700 bonded freestanding two- and three- bedroom houses (all sold) in Sunrise View with the consequent influx of new families into the area.

Sunrise Park, and its primary school, was consequently besieged by new admissions resulting in a staggering 1404 students in a school only designed for 900 students.

“We strongly believe that our employees deserve decent, affordable housing as well as quality education for their children. As a result of our successful housing programme we were made aware that the existing school facilities did not have the capacity to cater for all of the school going children in the area,” says Terence Goodlace, Implats CEO.

“This fits in with our vision of creating sustainable communities with access to amenities including schools,” Goodlace continues.

The primary school was officially opened at a ceremony attended by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, the Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, the Premier of the North West Province, Thandi Modise, as well as board members of Implats and the Impala Bafokeng Trust.

The primary cchool opened its doors on 9 January 2013 and has already enrolled 800 pupils. The secondary school is still under construction and it is planned for completion later this year. During the construction phase some 300 jobs have been created in the local community.

Implats recently signed a R140 million building contract for a new housing project, Platinum Village Phase 1. This initiative includes 557 housing units, of which 503 are standalone units. Once completed, this new development will consist of 2420 houses at an estimated cost of R1 billion. Further afield, Implats has also signed a contract to build 122 houses at Marula Platinum. The contract value is R58 million and the total project cost is estimated at R144 million.

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