Case Study


Saint-Gobain has partnered with The Adopt-a-School Foundation to identify schools in South African local communities that need additional facilities to enhance education.


The Inyonemhlophe Secondary School in Isipingo in KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) was in desperate need of a kitchen facility for to provide a feeding scheme for the learners, who more often than not rely on these meals as their only source of nourishment.

Saint-Gobain financed the building of the kitchen and supplied various construction solutions from the various companies in the group, including:

Saint-Gobain officially handed over the 62 square metre kitchen facility on Monday, 7 March 2016.


“We had incredible support from local partners and are most grateful to Franke, Casabella, MPR Foundation, SPAR, Build-it and Imports International Limited for their generous contributions towards this project,” said David Anderson, General Delegate for sub-Saharan Africa, Saint-Gobain.


Saint-Gobain officially handed over the 62 square metre kitchen facility on Monday, 7 March 2016.

In addition, 15 temporary workers from the local community were employed and trained to install the products correctly, ensuring the facility is of a high standard. The project manager and the quality assurance manager appointed to the project monitored the safety of labourers, who were provided with personal protective equipment when on site, to ensure their safety was not compromised.

The Inyonemhlophe Secondary School is one of three projects in South Africa that Saint-Gobain funded in 2015, as part of their local 350 anniversary celebration initiatives.

The Mvelaphanda Primary School in Tembisa received a new ablution facility and the Sonwaba Primary School in Gugulethu in the Western Cape has two new classrooms. Saint-Gobain contributed R1.5 million towards these three projects.

To read more about the Adopt-a-School Foundation