ERP Spends Mandela Day at Kekana Gardens

ERP Spends Mandela Day at Kekana Gardens

Mandela Day 2017 saw a collective entourage of ERP spending time at the old people’s home and orphan day care centre in Kekana Gardens, just outside of Dinokeng Game Reserve. Representatives from iLAB, Epi-Use Africa, ERP Elephant Management Unit and the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation joined hands to deliver food parcels and clothing items to Seikokotlolo Old Age Home and Botlhokwa Bja Ngwana Safe Centre for Orphans. This was a follow up of the site visit we all had to this community one week prior to Mandela day where all parties resolved to start working towards improving the lives of those within Kekana Gardens.

The day’s proceedings

We all met at Dinokeng Game Reserve office shortly before 2pm and we immediately proceeded to the SANCO offices for a quick briefing on how we would travel and what would be done at the respective centres we would be visiting. Thereafter, we set off for the old age home which was our first stop. We were welcomed by the Founder of that place, Mrs Ruth Maruma who gave us a brief background on how she started the old age home, challenges she faces on a day to day basis running the place and how many people she takes care of including her members of staff. She also was able to take us on a tour of the home itself which was quite interactive as some members of our group were able to ask questions. After the tour, we then proceeded to present all the gifts that had been brought through, including assorted food items (based on their wish list) and five big bags of ePap (5x50kg). Both Mrs Maruma and the people at the home were overwhelmed by this gesture, which immediately prompted them to break into song and dance. Our delegation was also able to mingle with the people cared for at the home, introducing ourselves, all the while sharing stories with them.

Upon leaving the old age home, we headed straight to Botlhokwa Bja Ngwana Safe Centre where we also received a warm welcome. About 15 kids were at the centre, with some having gone off on holiday since schools have closed for the term. Our delegation immediately connected with the children, and most could be seen interacting with them even before we had formal welcoming remarks from the manager at the centre. All food items (including 5x50kg bags of ePap), clothes, shoes and toys were offloaded, into the centre, whilst both our delegation and staff and kids from the centre broke into song and dance yet again. We later converged outside the main ‘building’ at the centre and had a quick orientation and talk from the Manager, Ms Nkele Maubane, who then formally welcomed us whilst expressing her gratitude to our gesture. All children at the centre were then presented with ‘party packs’ filled with an assortment of goodies, and two home baked cakes were presented to them. Whilst part of our group broke out to further discuss with the Manager and her team, others could be seeing playing ball games with the children and chatting with them, and judging from the children’s reactions, they were enjoying every moment of this visit. Before our departure, the children were able to do a presentation of their own to us, singing their own songs as a gesture of thanking us for the visit. We then left the safe centre just before 5pm and headed back to our respective destinations upon meeting for a quick vote of thanks from SANCO at their offices.

Conclusion

We would like to thank iLAB, EPI-USE Talent Management team, ERP Elephant Management Unit and the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation for all their contributions towards ensuring that this day was an impactful one to those who are less privileged in our society. This truly was a show of the strength of ERP, bringing us all together from our different backgrounds and work spaces for the good of a community that we all hold dear to our hearts. We also are grateful to SANCO for their hospitality and making time to take us through this community. In the words of the great Nelson Mandela himself, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Let this gesture on Mandela Day 2017 be the beginning of how as the ERP collective, we will change lives in Kekana Gardens, going beyond Mandela Day.

 

 

EPI-USE Africa Talent Management Team volunteers for Mandela Day

EPI-USE Africa Talent Management Team volunteers for Mandela Day

The EPI-USE Africa Talent Management Team volunteered some of their yearly team building funds for ingredients to bake and sell muffins as part of their #MandelaDay #67 minutes initiative.  The proceeds of the sales will be used to feed vulnerable children at the Dinokeng Botlhokwa Bja Ngwana Safe Child Care Center. Several sustainable projects are being investigated and implemented around the area of the Dinokeng Nature Reserve, where we are also assisting in the conservation of Rhino and Elephant as part of the Elephants Rhino People, EPI-USE’s Beyond Corporate Purpose initiative.

Thank you to the team for contributing your #67Minutes to bake muffins! The result of your efforts is that more children can be fed with nutritious food including ePap. (See www.peacefoundation.org.za/donations-causes/ ) It might be a small contribution, but that is what the whole Mandela day initiative is about – if everyone in South Africa spends 67 minutes involved in an act of kindness, it adds up to a big act of kindness. We are glad to report that 648 muffins were sold through this intervention! Thank you to everyone for buying them, as well as for all the donations we received!

We plan to do this again to reach our aim of R10 000 and we hope we can count on your support!

#Bikes4ERP Crowdfunding Initiative

#Bikes4ERP Crowdfunding Initiative

Imagine a life in which you must walk over 3 hours a day just for the “privilege” of being able to attend school. In addition to the vast distance, you cross rugged terrain, endure extreme weather conditions and face possible physical injury.  By the time you return home, you barely have time to do your chores, let alone your homework.

This is a daily reality for many children in rural South Africa, which often leads to frequent absenteeism from school and ultimately dropping out altogether. Without school, the cycle of poverty continues. But we have an immediate, tried and true, solution to this problem.

From June 9 to June 14, ERP is conducting its prelaunch campaign. On Thursday, June 15, ERP’s #BIKES4ERP initiative will be launched via its Indiegogo/Generosity campaign in order to raise funds and awareness to address the solution to this problem.

But we need your help. This is our first attempt at crowdfunding and its success strongly depends on ERP’s online network. As such, our goal is to mobilize all of ERP’s online connections before launching its crowdfunding initiative. This is where you come in. We have the Indiegogo/Generosity prelaunch page ready to be shared and we request that you share it on social media and send it to anyone who you think might be interested in ERP’s #BIKES4ERP initiative. The link to ERP’s Indiegogo/Generosity prelaunch campaign is https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/bikes4erp–2

In addition, we have posted #BIKES4ERP on ERP’s Facebook page and request that you like and share it: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=elephantsrhinospeople.

Lastly, we have created a contest to raise funds and awareness regarding this issue. Simply take a picture with as many people on a bicycle as you can and share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BIKES4ERP. All photos will be posted on Elephants, Rhinos & People’s Facebook page. Those who fit the most people on a bike will win a prize and will be highlighted on ERP’s website and social media.

Thank you very much for helping ERP make the #BIKES4ERP initiative as successful as possible. In the next couple of days, we will provide you with the launch details.

Month of May Activities Feedback- Dinokeng/Kekana Gardens Project

Month of May Activities Feedback- Dinokeng/Kekana Gardens Project

Introduction

On Thursday 25th May 2017, ERP held workshops at Kekana Gardens with the local business entities together with the informal waste collectors in the area. The purpose of the workshop was to give all parties an understanding of how ERP works and to gain buy from the community on the different interventions we would want to introduce in the area. In attendance were over 50 participants including officials from SANCO, the City of Tshwane and SMMEs spread over a number of economic development spheres from within Kekana Gardens.

Proceedings

We gave the participants an insight on ERP and how the P.E.A.C.E. model works. There was great interest in our activities, from the hubs to agriculture and waste management. We went through the business evaluation questionnaire together with the recycling one. Present were also two ladies from the City Of Tshwane, and one of them was interested in the waste management initiative. We gave all participants their respective questionnaires and asked SANCO to ensure they are all filled in by Wednesday, 31st May. By the time we left, they were already helping some waste collectors fill in the questionnaires since most of them have low literacy levels. However, most business owners showed higher levels of literacy and some could be seen already filling in the questionnaires by themselves.

Recycling Solution

After the workshop, we went through to one of the collectors’ houses as she had called us to take a look at the material she was collecting and whether it would be ideal for selling. She had some PET and crushed glass, though not much. So the idea of a buyback centre made sense to her and we explained how volumes could be increased if they had a central point to deliver their material instead of selling individually. Then everyone is paid based on how much they would have delivered.We were also taken through to a possible site for the buyback centre, estimated to be about 1-2 km from the SANCO offices. Unfortunately, the site has one short coming, which is it is narrow and not wide, which limits how the buyback centre may grow. Space seems to be an issue in the area. However, there is possibility of acquiring another plot within the same area, which is ideal for the recycling purposes

D’nokasi Crafters

During the workshop, one of the crafters indicated that they were keen to engage with the collectors as they make use of some of the materials in their crafts work. This still works perfectly as they are able to upcycle some of the products thereby enhancing the recycling value chain. This will be something we would need to ensure happens and perhaps we could then replicate something similar at Thinana. When we went through to the crafters, my conversations with Isabel over the past months came to mind, particularly with regards to bead work and other items which can be marketed on ERP Mercantile. This can address some of their challenges with regards to accessing markets. They seem to create great products.

After the workshop we had a meeting with the Crafters’ cooperative (both the production & marketing cooperatives) to give them an update of the progress update regarding the proposed concept.  See concept drawing below of production factory that would be built next to the current building to provide proper space for the crafters to work in.  The manufacturing factory would be set up to the right of the current building where the parking areas is. The public would be able to interact with the crafters as they work.  The idea is to move the crafters from the 3 small rooms on the left of the building and retrofit those rooms into to a 2-roomed IT centre with a training room and computer/internet centre.  Arthur is going to send us cost estimates for the proposed redevelopment.

Hand-over of laptops to Steve Biko High School and Rethabile Primary School

On 4 May 2017 one laptop each was handed over to head masters at Steve Biko High School and Refilwe Primary School.  The laptops were received from RB pharmaceutical through ERP.

  

Science Expo at Kwalata Lodge- Dinokeng Game Reserve

ERP sponsored the Science Expo at Kwalata Game Reserve, located within the Dinokeng Game Reserve.  Over 1600 students from primary and high schools in Hammanskraal and Kekana Gardens came through the Expo over a 3 day period from 22 to25 May 2017.  ERP had a stand and staff presented to groups of 50+ at a time over the 3 days.  The focus was on the work being done in DGR and the adjacent community many of the children come from.

ERP visits Waterberg Welfare Society

ERP visits Waterberg Welfare Society

On Wednesday 24th, some members from ERP in South Africa had a site visit to the Waterberg Welfare Society, right in the heart of the Waterberg in Limpopo. This visit was to gain an overview of the current site and activities for the existing project and future potential initiatives through ERP. Joining on the trip were our colleagues from iLab and Got Game who are ERP partners providing customized building options and who we work with on setting up our HUBS. Our South African ERP ambassador, Clement Maosa also came through and he had a radio interview with Waterburg Waves, which is an ERP funded project. He also gave a motivational talk to the youth at the centre. Clement is an actor and celebrity in South Africa, who is using his status to positively influence youth throughout the country. We are delighted to have him   as one of our star ERP ambassadors in South Africa.

ERP engages local community next to game reserve

ERP engages local community next to game reserve

Over the next few months, ERP will be spending time in Kekana Gardens, adjacent to Dinokeng Game Reserve were are planning on poverty alleviation interventions to benefit the local communities. This is in line with the ERP strategy, where the conservation of elephants and rhinos is implemented together with poverty alleviation strategies that target communities next to these conservation areas. In this instance, our community intervention has been brought about by our involvement within the Dinokeng Game Reserve, thereby creating a direct nexus to conservation of elephants and rhinos. There is a great deal of impact we can bring to this community, from educational interventions in the local schools to the beeline fencing, waste management right through to making a difference in the lives of orphans within the community. Already, we have trained 10 unemployed youth in the beeline fencing intervention. We will be adding more updates in the days to come.

ERP, SAVING THE SURVIVORS TRAVELS TO BORNEO TO SAVE ENDANGERED SUMATRAN RHINO

Wildlife officials and rhino conservationists breathed a big sigh of relief after successful surgery on Puntung, one of only two female Sumatran rhinos still alive in Malaysia.  Puntung had been suffering since mid March from a tooth abscess that would not heal despite treatment.  She started losing weight and her appetite waned with every week. The the full story online 

 

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