Update on #Bikes4ERP

Update on #Bikes4ERP

Since delivering the 100 bicycles in Madikwe in August through #Bikes4ERP, our mechanic, Lemogang, has been offering support to all the recipients through weekly monitoring and site visits to the 5  schools that received bicycles. We commend Lemogang on his dedication towards this project, considering some of the distances he has to travel, even during weekends, to provide his services to the pupils. As we wrap up the year, we will be providing statistics and valuable data on this project’s successes through our monitoring and evaluation exercise.

Distribution of sanitary products at local high schools: Another ERP intervention

Distribution of sanitary products at local high schools: Another ERP intervention

ERP recently distributed just under 1700 Elle Cup products to three schools in Kekana Gardens. Elle Cup is a women’s health company dedicated to providing an efficient and long-lasting women’s sanitary product, to minimize the amount of school girls who regularly miss school because of poor knowledge or access to the right type of sanitary product. The program not only involved distribution of these cups, but was also strongly focused on education and enabling the girls to better how to make use of the product.

Update on the Gazini Beehive Fencing Project

Update on the Gazini Beehive Fencing Project

At Gazini , were we have our existing beehive fencing project, two hectares of land have been set aside to provide additional forage for the bees as well as a sustainable agricultural plot producing basic food for the Sekelekani Cooperative and local community. The addition of an agricultural component to the project means that there will be an additional economic spin off through income generated from the selling of surplus produce to markets and local communities. To date, the cooperative has been able to clear the land, fence it and are now busy with sorting out the water supply issue. With the rich fertile soils in the area, we’re looking forward to another successful agricultural intervention facilitated by the conservation of elephants and rhinos through the alleviation of poverty.

Food is Life Project

Food is Life Project

October 16th was World Food Day. According to Food Aid Foundation, around 795 million people do not have adequate food to enable them to lead a healthy life. In South Africa, an estimated over 2 million children do not get enough food to sustain adequate growth and development. This often leads to stunted growth among children, most of them living in remote disadvantaged communities. Over the years, one of the ways we have positively contributed towards addressing this hunger crisis has been through the distribution of e’Pap to orphans and vulnerable children in Ndumo and Madikwe. e’Pap is a fortified food supplement that promotes nutrient repleteness by providing these children with the basic nutrients essential for their growth. It is worthwhile to consider that the cost of providing an orphan or vulnerable child with a monthly supply of ePap and food parcels costs around R100.00 – the approximate price of two muffins and two cups of coffee in an average restaurant. Visit https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/Mjk1NjQ= to learn how you can make a difference.
World Rhino Day at Rethabile Primary School

World Rhino Day at Rethabile Primary School

For World Rhino Day, ERP had a short talk/ presentation on the importance of rhinos as part of the community’s heritage. This was held at Rethabile Primary School in Kekana Gardens. Our aim was to create awareness and celebrate rhinos as species that need to be preserved and protected not only for current generations but for future ones as well, and what better way to do so than interact with the younger generation of scholars in the area. To make the presentation fun and interactive, we asked a few questions and handed out some gifts and goodies to students who got the responses correct.

SAPCONET donates two bicycles to Kekana Gardens community members

SAPCONET donates two bicycles to Kekana Gardens community members

Thanks to Meryke Mare and her team at SAPCONET, two community members from Kekana Gardens are now beneficiaries of brand new bicycles to assist them get by daily. The two both have a condition called club foot, which affects the way they walk. Aaron works at the Pfaranani Skills Training Centre as a caretaker,  whilst the young girl is 10 years old currently doing Grade 5 at a local primary school in Kekana Gardens. We applaud the SAPCONET team, as ERP Ambassadors, for committing to assist these two through their in-house fundraising activity. The smiles on both beneficiaries’ faces truly tell a story.

Impactful ICT Training Through ERP

Impactful ICT Training Through ERP

Through their Enterprise Development spend, iLAB, a member of Groupelephant.com,  funded a portion of the development of the IT Centre in Vaalwater. This funding support, given to a youthful George Boya of Reshma Business Development has resulted in the establishment of TWO accredited IT enterprises. Having started at  the Vaalwater centre, George moved out to Bakenberg which is home to 48 villages due to the need for IT Training in the area as well. To date, these IT enterprises have created 2 permanent jobs, whilst 13 local students have secured employment opportunities in various institutions after completing the computer training course. Additionally, the Vaalwater centre conducts training for residents in town, learners and educators and many employees who work on game farms.

#Bikes4ERP’s direct and indirect impacts so far.

#Bikes4ERP’s direct and indirect impacts so far.

With the recent deployment of 100 bicycles, #Bikes4ERP has directly benefited 186 students in Madikwe and Blouberg, with an additional over 200 students benefiting from reallocation of bicycles over the past 3 years. This means that we have been able to get students to travel faster to and from school, whilst reducing their rates of absenteeism in class. On the other hand, we have created social enterprise opportunities for 2 bike mechanics who constantly assist assist the students with any repair work to the bicycles.