Massmart recognises South Africas’s top-performing matriculants
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Massmart today recognized South Africa’s top-performing students at the 2016 announcement of the National Senior Certificate Examinations results. The results were officially announced yesterday, 4 January 2017 by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga at a ceremony in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
At the ceremony Massmart provided the top three achievers in quintiles 1, 2 and 3 with hi-tech hampers worth R80 000. The hampers are aimed at assisting the students’ transition from secondary to tertiary education.
Each hamper consists of the following products:
- A Lenovo Mix 2-in-1 Windows Tablet that can act as a laptop;
- Microsoft Office 365 home software;
- A wifi-enabled Hewlett Packard 385 Deskjet Ink Advantage 4-in-1 Colour Inkjet Printer;
- A Seagate 5TB external hard drive;
- A Shox Byte Bluetooth speaker;
- A Logitech wireless computer mouse;
- A Massmart laptop backpack.
Commenting on Massmart’s involvement in the awards, Social Sustainability Specialist Laura Persse says: “Each year Massmart is delighted to recognize the achievements of the country’s top learners – many who have demonstrated sterling efforts under trying circumstances.”
“Education remains an important part of our Socio-Economic Development focus as one of South Africa’s top retailers. Investing in our future leaders is a strategic non-negotiable imperative that we will continue to maintain,” concludes Persse.
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Notes to Editors
Massmart is a managed portfolio of four divisions, each focused on high volume, low margin, low-cost distribution of mainly branded consumer goods for cash, through 414 stores in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Massmart’s corporate social investments are wide and range feeding schemes and literacy programmes to supporting the arts. Each of our trading entities donates at least one percent of after-tax profit to meet pressing social needs, with a preference for contributing towards educational initiatives that assist the poorest of the poor. We also try, wherever possible, to identify opportunities to leverage our retail capabilities to optimize the impact of our social upliftment activities.
Massmart’s Game stores’ and Masscash’s initiatives to support under-resourced schools included the deployment of 279 mobile kitchens to date to lower quintile schools across the country. Makro continues its involvement in early childhood development in partnership with HOPE Worldwide. Builders Warehouse in partnership with Ripples for Good have renovated over 205 schools and pre-schools around South Africa.
About the quintile system
All South African public ordinary schools are categorised into five groups, called quintiles, largely for purposes of the allocation of financial resources. Quintile one is the ‘poorest’ quintile, while quintile five is the ‘least poor’. These poverty rankings are determined nationally according to the poverty of the community around the school, as well as, certain infrastructural factors. Schools in quintile 1, 2 and 3 have been declared no-fee schools, while schools in quintiles 4 and 5 are fee-paying schools.