The handover of 770 lap desks to scholars attending Xhobane Primary School, Wedela Primary School, Mbulelo Primary School and Hlangabeza Primary School took place on Monday the 15th of March 2021.

Lap desks are light, portable desks which provide a solution for children who don’t have desks. The desk sits on the child’s lap, providing them with a surface to write on, whether they are sitting on a chair or on the floor. As the desks are portable, the child is able to take the desk home to provide them with a surface on which to do their homework.

“These schools are all located in close proximity to Gateway Mall and many of the parents shop at the centre. This project makes a big difference in my community as many children don’t have a suitable surface on which to do their homework. A lap desk is a valuable resource which can be used at school and at home.” says Joseph Tshabalala, Gateway Mall Centre Manager.

Gateway Mall has donated 9 201 lap desks to scholars in the Carletonville community since 2015.