Mfuleni school “Building Blitz”
21 November 2019
More than 300 international volunteers are hard at work building classrooms at two schools in Mfuleni in Cape Town.
They are participating in a “Building Blitz” organised by the Mellon Educate charity.
About 100 volunteers from Old Mutual, the charity’s main South African donor, have joined the international team.
Debbie Schäfer, the Western Cape Education Minister, visited the sites on Tuesday,19 November 2019.
The volunteers are building six Grade R classrooms at Mfuleni Primary and one additional standard classroom.
They are also building a library, an ablution block and a playground with a covered shelter, along with general refurbishment.
They are also building five new classrooms at Manzomthombo Secondary. The project at the school also includes two covered shelters, an outdoor gymnasium, sports field improvements, a security hut and security systems.
Minister Schäfer commented: “We warmly welcome the Mellon Educate volunteers to Cape Town once again. It’s wonderful to see the passion and commitment they bring to this programme.”
“It’s worth noting that the international volunteers raise their own funds to participate. We deeply appreciate their support, and that of Mellon Educate who are demonstrating the importance of partnerships of this kind. This project is a wonderful example of collaboration at work.”