BACKGROUND OF THE DAY CARE CENTRE
Rheinmetall Denel Munition RF (Pty) Ltd was founded in Sept 2008, and as part of its corporate social investment program, various initiatives were established.
The Financial Department of RDM Somerset West site proactively initiated this project and it was adopted by leadership of RDM to be the main driver in the area to invest not only in production facilities but more so into the youth in RDM’s direct community.
A building site was selected across the main entrance to RDM Somerset West site. It borders onto Reeb road. The zoning of the site had to be amended from Industrial 1 to Community 1 zoning. This process started in the beginning of 2017.
Being an un-serviced site, various engineering studies had to be done to plan water, storm water, sewerage and electrical facilities.
The centre is planned to open during the second quarter of 2020. It will become the day care home for 149 children from the ages 3 months to 6 years. Professionally trained educational staff will be appointed to establish and manage this facility. It will be a (NPO) non profitable organization with some sponsorship from RDM and businesses in the area. In planning of this establishment intensive consultations were done with local community leaders and the office bearers of the local authorities.
The ground breaking event took place on 21 June 2019 and was attended by the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr PG Masualle, community leaders and senior management of RDM.