Nelson Mandela Day 2013 South Africa


Mandela Day School Library Programme receives a boost from BMW South Africa

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Pretoria –Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the   most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As a   dedicated and engaged corporate citizen for the past 40 years, BMW   South Africa has heeded this call by contributing to the BANGLE   Initiative Mandela Day School Library Programme. As a result, two   disadvantaged schools will be receiving container libraries stocked   with over 2500 books ahead of Nelson Mandela International Day.

BMW South Africa last year donated former president Mandela’s BMW 7   Series Security Vehicle to the BANGLE Initiative after restoring it to   an immaculate condition. The armoured BMW 7 series was given to the   former President by the Bavarian car maker for use during his 46664   HIV/Aids campaign from 2004 to 2009. The car has now been sold through   a private auction and the proceeds have gone towards delivering three   more Mandela Day School Libraries, two schools of which have been   chosen by BMW South Africa.

“With 90% of South African schools without libraries, there is a   glaring gap in the resources necessary to educate young children. As   BMW South Africa, we are happy to make a contribution to this   excellent initiative as the country seeks sustainable solutions to its   education challenges,” says Guy Kilfoil, General Manger: Group   Communications and Public Affairs of BMW South Africa.

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Bought by an avid South African car collector, who wishes to remain   anonymous, Mandela’s former BMW 7 Series has been loaned by the owner   to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, where it is on indefinite display.   “It is important that we balance the preservation of history   surrounding the car with the commercial reality of funding the next   phase of the BANGLE Mandela Day School Library project,” says Robert   Coutts, CEO of the 46664 BANGLE Initiative. “We are ecstatic that the   car has found a home in a museum in South Africa.”

To kick-start the roll-out of the three libraries, BMW South Africa   has identified the Refitlhile -Pele Primary School in Soshanguve and   Boikanyo Primary School in Garankuwa as worthy recipients. “These   schools, who collectively educate over 1 800 learners, are situated in   communities surrounding BMW’s Plant Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, where   the majority of our workers hail from,” says Kilfoil.

The official handover of the libraries was held at the Boikanyo   Primary School on 17 July, where BMW’s Springbok Rugby Ambassadors   Chiliboy Ralepelle, Pierre Spies and Victor Matfield, took time out of   their hectic training and coaching schedules to join BMW in   celebrating a legacy of giving, instilled by arguably the most   compassionate and honoured statesman of our generation. Hlubi Mboya, a   46664 Celebrity Ambassador, was also in attendance to the children’s delight.

“The Mandela Day School Library Programme is a sustainable programme,   where on-going monitoring and managing of these libraries is carried   out by a number of organisations for the next 15 years to ensure that   books are replenished and the library is functioning as it should,”   says Coutts.

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Since establishing a presence in South Africa almost four decades   ago, BMW has become far more to South African society than simply a   car manufacturer. Over time, the company has made an invaluable   contribution by championing sustainable economic growth,   better-quality education, disease prevention and community development.

“Through these kinds of initiatives, we believe BMW is making a   positive contribution to society and reinforcing our commitment   towards a better South Africa. This commitment is not founded upon   hand-outs but rather on encouraging sustainable growth by offering   communities the tools required to promote long-term development,”   concludes Kilfoil.