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Company gives back to community in Govan Mbeki Municipality

The staff and learners of Adullam School and Missionary Station are thankful.

Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd handed a transformative solar and sports project to Adullam School and Missionary Station on May 10.

Air Liquide completed this project and upgraded Adullam’s sports grounds as part of its socio-economic development projects falling under Air Liquide’s Secunda social transformation programme.

This programme, MySpace, pays particular attention to five pillars – sustainability, past system inequalities, advancement, care through health and wellness initiatives and education.

“The project will have significant transformative impacts for the school and the greater Govan Mbeki municipal area,” said Lasad Jaouani, the general manager and vice president of Air Liquide.

Learners of Adullam School and Missionary Station take part in a memory game during a sports day held at the school by Air Liquide on May 10.

“Our objective was to find solutions to enable the school to find its way to self-sufficiency. Installing the solar panels and inverters will render partial off-the-grid abilities, allowing continuous education and reducing the school’s current electricity bill. They can redirect the money towards critical operational requirements.”

The new sports grounds are similarly transformative in that they will empower the learners of Adullam to stay committed to their health and well-being, which aligns with Air Liquide’s commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles.

The MySpace programme was founded in 2021 when Air Liquide began operating at Sasol in Secunda after acquiring Sasol’s oxygen plants, today the largest oxygen air separation unit globally.

This milestone and success drove Air Liquide to ensure it would support other initiatives promoting sustainable solutions that address the energy challenges in SA.

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“We intend to ensure that we bring about a social, impactful and sustainable transformation for the communities across all our activities where possible,” said Jaouani.

The handover of the solar system and the sports field was celebrated with a sports day at Adullam.

Leon Coetzee, the Administrator of Adullam, said, “We thank Air Liquide for the solar power installation and the sports field upgrades.

“We also appreciate the sports day celebration event dedicated to the learners and teachers of Adullam.

“We hope this event and the project will strengthen ties with our community and create connections extending beyond the playing field.”

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