Wembley Primary opens state-of-the-art centre

Seen at the ribbon-cutting ceremony is chairman of the SGB, Astan Naidoo, Ram Naidu (school principal) and Champak Soni.

It was a memorable day at Wembley Primary School in Caneside, Phoenix on Saturday when the school officially opened its R2-million hall and indoor sports centre.

The multi-functional auditorium is said to be the first of its kind as the community and surrounding areas have not had a sports centre and hall of this scale and size as it is said to be around 1000 square meters and can accommodate around 15000 people.

In his address, Wembley Primary’s School principal, Mr R Naidu, said that the building of the auditorium started in 2011 but was halted due to a lack of funding.

The project was then resurrected in 2015.  He said the main and final phase of construction was achieved when a major donor, Mr Champak Soni, his family and friends came forward with a generous donation which saw the completion of this dream centre.

In addition, the school also secured funds from other donors. “I’d like to thank all for their efforts in contributing to the building and success of this project,” said Naidu.

Phoenix North Circuit manager, Dr K Naidoo said, “This is a defining moment in the history of this institution. There is also no better gift for the school as it comes at a time when it celebrates its 30th anniversary.”

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The school opened its doors for learning and teaching on April 9, 1987 and was named after a place called Wembley Stadium in England due to its massive sports field. The school has provided excellent education to the communities of Phoenix and neighbouring areas of KwaMashu, Ntuzuma, Inanda and Amaoti.

Dr Naidoo urged the community to work in partnership with the school to maximum the benefit of the facility and to look after it with care.

On behalf of the Department of Education, Mafukuzela Gandhi Circuit Management Centre’s chief education specialist Mr SSS Lushozi, congratulated the school in achieving this incredible milestone.

In his speech, Soni hailed his father Sri Nagin Soni, whom the auditorium is named after, for instilling in his children a hard-working and giving spirit. The project is expected to be of great benefit to the entire community especially the youth.

Head boy of the school, Nikyle Lakhnaran, said he is mostly looking forward to their prom night which will take place at the Sri Nagin Soni Auditorium on Friday. “I’m excited that we are the first generation who will host our prom here,” he proudly said.

 

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Mbali Khubisa

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