Awards and admiration
So far the month of June has seen General Motors South Africa (GMSA) take home sales and service awards, and provide a beacon of hope to the Wonderland special-needs school through the GM ChildLife Foundation.
The 2015 Ipsos Quality Awards recognised the GM brands Opel, Chevrolet and Isuzu as some of the top-performing light-commercial and passenger vehicle sales and service brands. Isuzu scooped a gold award for sales in the light-commercial vehicle segment and a gold award for servicing in this segment.
Chevrolet and Opel took silver for the passenger car sales experience, and Chevrolet took the silver award for passenger car servicing.
“General Motors South Africa’s goal is to provide an outstanding customer experience. We are committed to providing our customers with service of the highest standard through ongoing training and support at dealer level,” says Brian Olson, GMSA vice-president of sales, service and marketing.
A R200 000 project, initiated by Bates GM Port Shepstone and funded by the GM ChildLife Foundation, has seen the donation of a new classroom for children with special educational needs at the Wonderland school in Oslo Beach.
The school aims to provide education to special-needs youth, to enable them to function in mainstream society. Until Friday, June 5, the school was run from an old wooden Wendy house.
“There is a dire need for special-needs education on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. As a result of the growing number of children who require special-needs education, it became increasingly difficult to accommodate everyone. Many parents cannot afford to send their children to schools in Durban,” says Angie Tutton, who runs the school.
The majority of the children who attend the school come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Among others, their disabilities include Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, cerebral palsy and visual impairment.
Noel Allchin, dealer principal of Bates GM Port Shepstone, said it was wonderful to be able to provide the children with a new classroom where they could be comfortable to grow and learn. “We wanted to give the children a happy environment where they can learn to cope with the pressures of life that even we, as able people, battle with.”