Sasria SOC Limited
Friday, 19 August 2016: Education is a life-long commitment and short-term insurer, Sasria is proving that every effort can make a difference.
The handover of a media centre at Menzi High School in Umlazi, Durban today is a milestone in a journey which began in 2013 when one of its learners, Nonhlanhla Makhathini, received a bursary from Sasria to continue her Bcomm Accounting degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. A relationship was forged with the school and since then, Sasria has worked with them to assist where possible by supplying desks and books, providing extra maths and science classes for grade 12 learners, bursaries for some of their top learners as well as teacher development.
“Reading establishes a foundation for learning and education and books are an invaluable way to increase our worldview and experience,” says Thokozile Ntshiqa, executive manager for stakeholder management at Sasria “So you can live in Umlazi, Wentworth or Chatsworth but still expand your horizons and know that there’s more out there. That’s the real inspiration behind reading. And there’s always that sense of accomplishment once you’ve finished a book”.
When Sasria realised that there was no library or media centre at Menzi High School, putting learners at a disadvantage, they jumped at the opportunity to delivery the new facility which took 4 months to complete.
“We are humbled by Sasria’s intervention to improve the quality of education at our school. This is proof that when corporate South Africa and Government institutions work together, a difference can be made. We encourage Sasria to continue the exceptional work they have been doing,” said Muntu Ntombela, principal at Menzi High School.
Sasria is a state owned company and the only short-term insurer in South Africa that provides special risk cover for events such as strikes, public disorder, riots, civil commotion and terrorism. Their mandate goes beyond providing short-term solutions to such volatile, unfortunate occurences and includes making an impact on the economic stability, growth, development and transformation of South Africa.
“Such inititiatives give us the opportunity to build capacity in education and empower youth which goes a long way to create the society which we hope for and deserve. We believe that an educated nation is a strong, powerful one,” concludes Ntshiqa.