Over R600 million spent in 16 years to help redress historic disadvantage
The 100th Garden Cities Archway Foundation school hall, to coincide with the centenary this year of the Western Cape’s oldest residential development company, was handed over to Balvenie Primary School in Elsie’s River on Saturday September 14. The more than R7 million hall is one of the hundreds more that are still needed by historically under-resourced schools in the Western Cape. So far, in the past 16 years, the Foundation has provided the one hundred halls, valued at a total of more than R600 million, to schools in the Cape Peninsula and as far afield as Oudtshoorn, Worcester, Great Brak River, Ceres and Saldanha Bay.
The ribbon-cutting and commemorative plaque-unveiling ceremony was attended by members of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) which has more recently partnered the Archway Foundation with funding for the halls as well as members of the Board of Garden Cities, and Balvenie Primary staff and governing body members.