Social project South Africa

Cottonlands Primary School, Verulam

Geberit social project 2015 in South Africa

Geberit continued its tradition of carrying out social projects in 2015. Like in 2012, this year’s project saw the apprentices travel to South Africa – this time to near the port city of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, where Cottonlands Primary School was badly in need of assistance.

Built in 1945 and originally intended for around 500 children, Cottonlands Primary School is today attended by some 1,000 schoolchildren. This figure is set to grow even further in the future due to the rapid population growth in Cottonlands. A renewal of the infrastructure is urgently required.

The only school in the community of some 15,000 inhabitants is free for the schoolchildren. Five cooks – working in a kitchenette measuring a mere six square meters – ensured that the girls and boys had something to eat at lunchtime. The school had a total of 18 toilets, only two of which feature running water.

Geberit South Africa planned and carried out the preparatory work together with a local construction company so that the Geberit team could renovate the sanitary installations as extensively as possible during their stay in November 2015.