Published, 27 November 2016 by Dougie Oakes, Cape Times at 10:59pm
Livingstone High, the school whose name became synonymous with a relentless fight for non-racialism and the provision of excellence during the apartheid era, is set to get a R1 million boost.
And there’s a promise of more to come to help it continu e its historic mission of providing quality education for all its pupils.
The announcement was made by Sekunjalo Investment Holdings executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé, as part of Survé Philanthrophies. Survé, also Independent Media executive chairman, was the guest speaker at Livingstone’s 90th anniversary dinner in the school hall on Saturday.
Central to the ambitions of the school has been a decades-long desire for a science laboratory.
Advanced tutoring programmes for mathematics and science, and computers with relevant software programmes for the school library have also featured high on Livingstone’s wish-list – which is now about to become a reality.
“When my team met to discuss how we could help Livingstone, we decided to ask principal Theo Bruinders and his team to tell us what they needed,” Dr Survé, a Livingstone alumnus who matriculated in 1981, told an audience of more than 200 mainly former pupils and teachers, and their spouses.
“They told us the school wanted to advance what it offered in mathematics, science and literature.”
He stressed the importance of a laboratory being available for pupils at the school. “When I went to medical school at UCT, the fact that black students were from schools that did not have laboratories proved disastrous for us in our first year.
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