Security solution Group G4S Botswana has upheld its social corporate responsibility by helping out Gabaresepe Nursery School in Old Naledi. The school that has been closed down due to noncompliance issues will be reopened soon following G4S’ intervention. G4S spend about P20 000 to help set up fire hydrants which were a requirement for the school to continue running. The company also refurbished Gabaresepe Nursery School playground, fixed and replaced old doors and windows. Speaking at the handing over of the facility G4S Botswana Managing Director Mokgethi Magapa said they are doing this to promote sustainability in lives of people in areas they the operate in. Magapa said they saw it fit to contribute to the safety of the children. “When we helped the school, we did not look at this as a requirement issue but it came to us as a safety matter. Safety also touches the environment because when the environment is suitable then the students will be safe,” he said. Magapa said by providing water hydrants they are in fact making the environment conducive for the learners, adding that this helps secure the lives of the students which correlates well with the company’s value of securing the world. He said it gives them pride as G4S to be able to offer a helping hand.
Old Naledi - where Tshwaragano Nursery School is located - is a low to middle income place where inhabitants face a number of socio-economic challenges. G4S has pledged to maintain the school and keep it in good shape at all times. Magapa offered that his company will also install a security alarm at the school to further secure the premises. The ward development committee chairperson had earlier on complained that they are concerned with the high levels of break-ins into the school where people steal the resources of the school. Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) President Dave Gilbert also offered that the union will help install an electric fence around the premises. Area councillor Mathata Mosekwa applauded G4S for their support to the school. Mosekwa, who has been instrumental in forging for the partnership, said he is hopeful the marriage between the two will go a long way to help young students. Some members of the Naledi community including Kgosi Arnold Somolekae have appreciated G4S for the intervention they were making. G4S is not new to Old Naledi as the company has always been involved with helping Tshwaragano Primary School. Magapa revealed every year they go to Tshwaragano to assess what needs to be maintained at the school and fix it.