Johannesburg, 25 October 2013 – As part of its 7th year renaming commemorations, O.R. Tambo International Airport hosted a book reading session for 187 school children from Chivirikani Primary School on Friday, 25 October 2013. This initiative was aligned to the airport’s support for Early Childhood Development through its Social Economic Development Programme (formerly referred to as Corporate Social Investment).
Held at the recently unveiled Oliver Reginald Tambo Memorial Exhibition, the book reading session also embraced the legacy of Oliver Tambo (after whom the airport is named), who was a teacher and believed in the power of education.
O.R. Tambo International Airport General Manager, Tebogo Mekgoe said, “As a company, we believe that education is the most powerful tool for economic and social emancipation for South Africa. On the special occasion of the airport’s 7th renaming anniversary, we wanted to share this awareness with our future leaders.”
The Grade 1 children from Katlehong were engaged, at their level, to encourage them to start reading at a young age and reap the benefits thereof later in life.
“If today’s session resonates with even just one learner, we would have achieved the positive impact that we seek, both for the individual children, and the country as a whole,” added Mekgoe.
The children were entertained by clowns and face painters after the formal programme was concluded.
The book reading event was preceded by a blanket drive where 300 blankets were donated to six organisations, on 24 October. This, after a preschool in Ekurhuleni recently suffered a burglary, during which all blankets used by the school’s children, were stolen.
Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, Manager: Communications and Brand Management added that, “We are honoured to be giving back on our birthday. We could not sit back and decided to provide the warmth required by residents of these organisations at this time.”
Since Airports Company South Africa took over nine of the country’s basic airports 20 years ago, it has transformed O.R. Tambo International into a state of the art airport. The airport, which was renamed O.R. Tambo International Airport on 27 October 2006 is Africa’s largest and busiest airport, handling an average of 19 million passengers every year.
O.R. Tambo International Airport celebrated its seventh year renaming anniversary on 27 October 2013, which is also the birthday of the late Oliver Tambo.
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