The Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust (SSPT) and its partners officially handed over the new building to the school, introducing the first brick building in the Huntington school.
On the 9th of September 2022, the Africa Foundation (AF), its partners Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust (SSPT), Andbeyond, and the Department of Education handed over the new classroom building at Kurhula Secondary School, Huntington, Bushbuckridge. The Huntington community has a population of approximately 3500 living in 827 households.
The Huntington community did not have a high school. Learners from the village had to walk an average of seven kilometres a day to attend school at Mabarhule High School in neighbouring Lillydale and other surrounding areas. The school currently has a total of 559 enrolled learners.
This project aims to contribute to the development of the school by addressing classroom overcrowding and better learning facilities. Currently, the school has prefabricated classrooms provided by the Department of Education. The newly built double classroom block is the first ever brick classroom at Kurhula Secondary School, paving the way for future development.
The ceremony was graced by several guests including the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve CEO, Oscar Mthimkhulu, and Africa Foundation representatives, Andbeyond. The Department of Education, Mable Mashele, announced that the department will provide furniture for the classrooms. Amongst the dignitaries, the ceremony was attended by the Jongilanda Traditional Council member, induna Mr Mongwe.
In his remarks, Mr Oscar Mthimkhulu expressed his appreciation for the assistance from the people and the partners in completing the first part of the development. He also thanked the funders, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, and Macsteel for providing funding support for this project. In closing, it encouraged learners to take opportunities provided by the school, especially the young generation to uplift the community.
The school principal, Gloria Ndlovu said, “it was crucial to expand the school and its facilities to uplift the learners’ environment, and the community”. Mr Lotus Khoza applauded the successful completion of this project, which he attributed to the tireless efforts of the school and community from the beginning to completion.
There’s still more development planned for the future of Kurhula Secondary School. The next phase of the project has been approved and development is underway.