Quarry Heights Primary School in Newlands has been adopted by City Logistics as part of its social upliftment project, “Community Driven for Youth”
In close proximity to the school, City Logistics is committed to empowering the local community through sustainable programmes. Focusing on youth development programmes and job creation within local communities, the company believes in “supporting its neighbourhood” through creating sustainable projects together with CSR partners supporting their programmes. In conjunction with Celebrate Life, Peschl Sports and Shap Shap Cinemas, the community benefits from a micro-bakery, sports including soccer, cycling and general fitness skills, as well as a vegetable garden, seedling programme and health and education programmes.
Initiated in 2008, by principal and founder Mrs Ntombi Madlala, the school started with 123 children. With just a container, and no furniture or infrastructure, today the no-fee school has over 1,300 children from Grade R to 12. A proud Mrs Madlala explains how at the beginning, children had to bring buckets and boxes from home, which they used as desks and chairs. From an open field, the school is now fenced and has a playground, library, computer lab, ablution facilities and brick buildings, but still operates with many staff on a volunteer basis.
“This partnership that we have with City Logistics is going to assist our school greatly. We are a no-fee school and we rely mostly on sponsors that are assisting the school. The children are happy. And we’ve been happy with the programmes that they have brought to our school,” said a delighted Mrs Madlala.
City Logistics is focused on training and upskilling youth from local rural communities in partnership with other organisations. This is to facilitate and create employment, as well as sustainable programmes on an ongoing basis.