Air Products South Africa, the South African unit of US-based industrial gas conglomerate Air Products, recently opened a library in Phalaborwa, which will also serve the greater community in the Mashishimale.
This project was completed in conjunction with the Palabora Mining Company (PMC) and the Palabora Foundation and is situated at Lebeko High School, just outside the premises.
“It’s location makes it accessible to learners at the school as well as members of the surrounding community,” Air Products explained. “The building of the library is an example of Air Products’ corporate social investment (CSI) focus on the youth, education and making a difference in the communities in which they operate.”
Air Products has been involved with the Lebeko High School for some time. The company has donated much needed life science kits and provided financial assistance for a group of learners and teachers to showcase a science project in Sweden.
A project was also initiated in 2018 were the company showed the top Grade 12 Science and Maths learners ‘science in action’ by arranging a tour where the students visited two of Air Products largest facilities in Vanderbijlpark and Kempton Park.
According to the Chairman of the CSI committee, Josua Le Roux, Air Products did not hesitate to become involved with the project, “At Air Products, we believe that investing in the youth and providing them with opportunities, will not only benefit them, but also the larger community in which they live.”
“The library has been built in such a way that it is accessible to all individuals in the community, and it makes provision for those who would like to sit and read for relaxation as well as those who would like to do research.”
“We hope this new library will go a long way to encourage reading and creating a desire for knowledge and information.”