- KIA engine to be utilised for practical experience of mechanical technology
(JOHANNESBURG) – KIA Motors Umlazi, with the support of KIA Motors South Africa, recently handed over a KIA Optima engine to the Chief Ngonyama Technical School in Ozwathini, a rural area north of Durban. The KIA engine will assist learners with the required practical training portion of Mechanical Technology in the school workshop.
The Chief Ngonyama Technical School, which opened in 1998, is a no fee Comprehensive Technical School that, due to its location, serves learners from deep rural areas. According to Mr. L.V. Ncube, the school principal, most of the school’s learners are orphans living with grandparents and with unemployed parents and relatives who depend on social grants. The school has 19 staff members, which includes security, cleaning and administration personnel, with 422 learners being taught and exposed to modern technology.
"The engine will assist in having the learners see, feel and touch the engine as opposed to just imagining what an engine is supposed to look like," says Mr. Ncube.
KIA Motors Umlazi is one of the newest additions to the KIA Motors South Africa dealership network. According to Mr. Futhi Cabe, the General Manager of KIA Motors Umlazi, the dire poverty the teachers and learners endure is evident in every respect when one visits the school.
“As a corporate citizen with a keen desire to make a meaningful contribution to our community, and our belief in education as a key liberator, we were moved to do something that would make a significant difference in the lives of the individual learners and leave a sustainable legacy,” he says. “By donating the engine, the lives of both current and future technical leaners at the school will never be the same again.”
On a global scale, KIA Motors Corporation’s global social mobility program, the Green Light Project, strives to improve access to health care and education for disadvantaged children in some of the poorest regions in the world, hoping to help them turn around their lives from ‘red light’ to ‘green light’. This global dedication to community upliftment and education is also a strong focus for KIA Motors South Africa.
“While we support organisations such as the SHOUT Foundation, which uses music as a mechanism to raise funds for the construction and operation of libraries in underdeveloped areas, we also encourage our dealer network to become the face and hands of the company in their communities,” says David Sieff, Marketing Director of KIA Motors South Africa. “We applaud KIA Motors Umlazi’s pro-active involvement with the Chief Ngonyama Technical School, and are proud to be associated with the project.”