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
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
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
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