Kangra Coal recently provided Qalani Primary School with temporary but safe ablution facilities.
Qalani is a public school located in Saul Mkhizeville in the Mkhondo Local Municipal district where Kangra Coal (subsidiary of Menar) operates. The ablution facilities of the school consisted of old pit latrines, which would often overflow with raw sewerage, and posed a big health and safety concern for learners and teachers.
When the community liaison for Kangra Coal, Simo Yende, was made aware of this problem, he arranged for the mine to donate four mobile VIP toilets to the school, to ensure that its students are able to learn in a safer and healthier environment. “Kangra Coal donated the VIP toilets as a temporary solution, while the plan is to build a proper and more permanent ablution facility.
We are in discussions with our large contractors to partner with us to build modern, permanent toilets for the school, as part of our CSI spend,” says Yende. Qalani Primary School’s principal, M.G. Luthuli, expressed her deepest appreciation towards Kangra Coal. “The donation of the mobile toilet units are really appreciated as they have come as a great relief to the challenging situation that learners and staff at our school are faced with,” says M.G. Luthuli.
Menar M.D, Vuslat Bayoglu emphasizes that assisting local communities, when and where possible, stands at the core of Menar and the group’s subsidiaries’ values. “Sanitation is at the heart of human dignity. We had to intervene.
We continue to strive to meaningfully uplift the lives of the communities near to, and surrounding our operations, to ensure we leave a positive lasting legacy,” Bayoglu concluded.