MEYERTON. – Situated on the edge of Daleside, alongside the Afrimat Glen Douglas Mine, sits Skansdam School – a primary school which reopened after amalgamating Daleside Primary and the former Skansdam School.

The school site was originally built by the mine to cater for their workers’ children, but was subsequently closed and then reopened by the Gauteng Department of Education.

With its 360 learners, the Midvaal Local Municipality has identified the need to upgrade the school’s inadequate facilities. To assist with the project, Midvaal Local Municipality approached the management of the Afrimat mine, to request that they adopt the school and assist with renovations.

The mine has already risen to the challenge and, as children went on holiday from June 24, will begin work to build a soccer and netball field.

Midvaal Mayor, Councillor Timothy Nast visited the school on June 19 to share the news with the children. He also presented them with soccer kits for the school team to enjoy, once the field is ready.

Midvaal made a further donation to the school to assist them with renovations to the administration block.

There was much enthusiasm and gratitude from the children and staff as they began planning sports tournaments for the future, and even challenged the mayor to a match against their team.