Formex Industries, in collaboration with some of its local suppliers, took part in a school restoration initiative in Gqeberha. Aaron Gqadu Primary School is located in Kwazakhele 2 and is headed up by its recently appointed headmaster, Mr Rodney Mtywaru. Formex reached out to current suppliers to assist with rebuilding the school and restoring it to a leading educational institution in the region.

Mr Mtywaru was pivotal in spearheading the initiative and working alongside Formex, the HCI Foundation and the Masinyusane Development Organisation, along with Aveng Trident Steel, W A Plating, The Reclamation Group, EX-ES, Black Sheep Industries, Comprehensive Wealth and EWR Electrical.

These are some of the businesses that generously contributed money or raw materials to this project.  As a broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) company, Formex wholly believes in supporting the local community and giving back wherever possible. 

Upgrades to Aaron Gqadu Primary School

Investing in the restoration and upgrade of Aaron Gqadu Primary School was important as it not only improved the quality of local education but it also helped to improve the lives of the children and teachers that attend the school. This generous and forward-thinking initiative restored classrooms, lights, doors, windows, painting to a high standard. It also restored the kitchen and toilets, while investments were made into educational materials and supplies – including books for the new library.  

The school restoration included a new rugby field for the learners which was overseen by The Atlas Foundation – a global charity that works to improve the lives of children. They worked in conjunction with Grey Junior School & Grey High School in Gqeberha.

The Atlas Foundation will oversee a continued coaching programme at the school and work to create a hub for rugby in the heart of this rugby-loving community. This will help to improve community relations and children’s education, health and well-being through sports and collaboration.

School restoration made possible through local businesses

Along with Formex, a number of local companies made generous financial contributions to this initiative. These raw materials include paint, glass, wiring and plumbing for the new classrooms, canteen and library. 

Other local companies and individuals are welcome to donate to the Aaron Gqadu Primary School restoration, but we also encourage corporate entities to play it forward and support other schools throughout the Eastern Cape too. If you would like further information about this initiative, please contact Sue Anderson at

Formex Industries is a metal forming and assembly company that supplies a variety of complex products to the local automotive industry and the export market. The company is based in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropole, South Africa’s foremost region for automotive manufacturing and export.

Formex is a supplier with 69% black ownership, of which 37% are black women. The company is owned by Deneb Investments Limited – a subsidiary of Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (HCI) – one of South Africa’s biggest true B-BBEE companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

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