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Anglo American donates city building to CIDA

Thursday, 30 November 2006
Anglo American today donated a Johannesburg city centre building worth R13 million to CIDA City Campus.

The building which is situated at 9 Ntemi Piliso Street (previously West Street) and has eight floors, over 10 000 square meters of floor space, and has capacity for 1000 students. The current value of the building is R13 million but would cost considerably more to build.

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Fred Pashwana of Anglo American South Africa presents the building to Dr Taddy Blecher

In addition, Anglo American, through the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund, donated R6.6 million to renovate the building which had been mothballed for a number of years. The Fund’s Capital Projects section worked closely with the building team to ensure the requirements of all parties were met and that the building was brought in line with all legal requirements before donation.

Commenting on the donation, Phillip Baum, Acting CEO, Anglo American South Africa said, “Our CSI giving covers a diversity of programmes and projects in education and other areas. We are excited about the CIDA model and are delighted to have been able to make a contribution towards the education of underprivileged young people in our country.”

Additional support to get the building into perfect condition was provided by Aveng which provided R2 million towards renovations. All paint was supplied by Plascon and the painting was done by Men at the Side of the Road - homeless people who are taught skills so that they may become employed. Two major staircases were donated by Macsteel.

Launch of the CIDA Life Skills Programme
The building is to house several of CIDA’s academic programmes and CIDA’s newest innovation, the Life Skills programme is already situated within the building.

“We are most grateful for this major contribution from Anglo American in donating this building which we have been using since 2005,” said Dr Taddy Blecher, CEO of the campus. “The Life Skills programme which is housed within has run two pilots and is a proving particularly successful as a special access programme for youth from historically disadvantaged background.”

The programme came about through CIDA’s partnership with several orphan care organisations. While considerable effort and resources are going into the battle to help AIDS orphans and at-risk youth meet their basic physical needs, little effort is going into building their positive emotional future with the critical education and skills development required. This programme is a gateway into tertiary education.

These students have excellent potential of becoming powerful assets to society.

The programme gives intensive self development, numeracy, literacy and entrepreneurial skills to open new opportunities for those that attend. It contributes significantly to improving students’ confidence and sense of hope for the future.

The programme makes use of the Consciousness-Based Education approach that CIDA has been successfully using for seven years. It gives students the opportunity to get in touch with themselves and develop their abilities in all areas while dealing with deep levels of stress and anxiety.

The CIDA Life Skills Programme is aimed at those students who have managed to pass matric but whose grades require improvement for the students to be suitable candidates for further tertiary education at CIDA City Campus or elsewhere.

The event was attended by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons as well as members of the Oppenheimer family who were instrumental in donating the building.


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