NCS Resins dives into community pool refurbishment
A passion for youth development and an opportunity to make a difference
A passion for youth development and an opportunity to make a difference in a small community saw NCS Resins dive into refurbishing a 35-year-old swimming pool which services the entire uMkhanyakude District (False Bay) in KwaZulu-Natal.
The long-term wear-and-tear was extensive, with a huge crack around the pool and the marbelite plaster almost non-existent. But despite it being a huge community drawcard, there was simply no money to renovate the public pool at the Hluhluwe Primary School.
“The problem was brought to our attention by the chairwoman of the school’s governing body, Pippa Raw, who wrote us a letter highlighting the school’s financial plight,” explained Debby Burns, NCS Resins Durban branch manager, who was actively involved in the project.
“We really wanted to help, so we approached one of our prestige customers, Falcon Fibreglass, to ask if they would like to come on board. Pieter Swanepoel, who supervises the company’s highly experienced team of workers, agreed immediately and we decided to renovate the pool.”
Falcon Fibreglass carried out the renovations, while NCS Resins footed the R142,000 bill for the material and labour costs.
“NCS Resins is passionate about the holistic development of today’s youth, having also made substantial donations to underprivileged schools in order to improve education delivery,” said Ferro Group HR manager Sharon Richards.
Reacting to the donation, Raw said that it was a desperately needed act of kindness.
“We have seen a huge increase in the non-payment of school fees, while the maintenance of the infrastructure is basically left in our hands by the Department of Education. This has become a major issue,” she said.
“The funds we receive from the department works out at R1.20 per pupil per day, which only just covers staff salaries. There is very little left over for maintenance, so we just have to do the best we can.”
Faced with the rapidly deteriorating condition of the well-used pool, Raw contacted NCS Resins for assistance.
“We were looking for anything, no matter how large or small, so we were thrilled to realise that the whole project would be tackled. It just shows that people do want to help, they just have to be made aware of the problems,” she said.
“We are the only public pool in our area, and we are privileged that we can offer such a facility while at the same time promoting water safety.”
Richards added: “We are very optimistic about the future of our country and take our corporate responsibility very seriously, especially in the area of youth development.”
In 2018, for example, NCS Resins partnered with sister company, Ferro Coating Resins, to “adopt” Folweni High School, south of Durban. Together they contributed R240,000 towards uplifting and developing classrooms and science laboratories at the school. Donations were also made to Child Welfare.