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Fully equipped science lab for uMlazi school
​Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer and SAPREF Sustainable Development
Officer Mpume Mbambo listened intently to Philani Ndlovu who tested
the new science lab.
A R400 000 fully equipped science laboratory was opened at Mafumbuka High School in C Section, uMlazi on 25 October, giving learners, educators and the community a platform to churn out more engineers and scientists from within the sprawling township.

This is the 20th laboratory that the South African Petroleum Refineries (SAPREF), has established in schools around the South Durban basin area. peaking at the launch of the science laboratory Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer thanked SAFREF, Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refinery for their overarching commitment to corporate social responsibility towards sustainable development in the City.

Councillor Peer said: “These labs will connect our children through a lifeline of education which will aid in improving the quality of science knowledge once learners embark on tertiary education. This handover came at the right time, when we as government together with our corporate and global partners are engaging on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in schools.” SAPREF Sustainable Development Officer Mpume Mbambo said the company has identified communities situated near its plant and is committed to making a difference by supporting sustainable projects.

Mbambo explained that SAPREF’s biggest portion of their social investment budget is spent on education. Mafumbuka High School Principal Cyril Ngcobo said he was humbled by the donation made by SAFREF. “This is a dream come true for learners, educators and the community.” Grade 12 learner Philani Ndlovu who plans to study medicine next year said he is thrilled to be able to utilise the laboratory which will give him practical application to technical science.
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