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The Consumer Studies classrooms at four Cape Town high schools have been upgraded with the help of GrandWest as part of Sun International’s nationwide Schools Renovations Programme. Facilitated by GrandWest’s Corporate Social Investment Department, the upgraded classrooms at Goodwood College, JG Meiring High, Ravensmead High and Sinethemba High in Philippi are now ready for action.

According to Heidi Edson, Group Socio Economic Development Manager at GrandWest, the classrooms have been equipped with seven stoves each, as well as crockery, cooking utensils and fridges. Industrial tables and cupboards were installed, while various aesthetic improvements were also made, including fixing the ceilings and repainting the classrooms. Work at the schools was carried out by an enthusiastic team of GrandWest suppliers and service providers.Edson explains that the renovation of the four Consumer Studies rooms is aligned with Sun International’s approach to Creating Shared Value – a well-researched and globally applied model that focuses on aligning business needs with society’s needs thereby creating shared value for all and genuine sustainable community development.

The Schools Renovation Programme is focused on upgrading hospitality classrooms at schools situated in underprivileged communities to properly equip learners for pursuing further studies and a career in the hospitality sector. In 2015, Garlandale High School in Athlone benefitted from the programme.

“This programme not only provides opportunities for Consumer Studies learners to learn in a conducive and appropriately equipped environment, but it will help to create a pool of qualified and employable people for the hospitality sector, which like many sectors, is faced with a shortage of skills,” says Edson.


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