ERP to manage Pfananani Skills Training Centre

ERP to manage Pfananani Skills Training Centre

Exciting News: We started with cleaning of the Pfananani Skills Training Centre over the past few days. This is a centre located in Kekana Gardens, a community adjacent to Dinokeng Game Reserve where ERP has a footprint. We will take over management of the centre for the next 10-12 months, where we will be introducing various training courses to directly benefit the community. Among other courses will be adult basic literacy, basic coding, agriculture and access to information through setting up of an IT centre. Apart from the training component, we will be creating jobs for community members who will be working at the centre to ensure its successful day to day running. This intervention is directly in line with the ERP vision which is to alleviate poverty through the conservation of elephants and rhinos.

  

ERP part of the Diamond Rush mountain bike race

ERP part of the Diamond Rush mountain bike race

The ERP team were out in full force over the weekend at the Diamond Rush mountain bike race in Cullinan South Africa.
The aim was to race awareness about the #BIKES4ERP program. Some kids in South Africa walk more than 10 kilometers(6 miles) to school everyday.
With #BIKES4ERP a child is given a bicycle, to assist him/her to complete their education and travel faster to school.
Robert from the Elephant Management Unit were following the riders with a vehicle, picking up cyclists with mechanical problems or assisting with injured cyclists. With this initiative we show the public that we care for Elephants and Rhinos but also care for people in need.
We had about 10 riders riding with ERP shirts to raise further awareness about various ERP projects. These riders assist further with mechanical breakdowns on the race.
The ultimate example was set when one of our own ERP members had a big crash and got hurt. Nicolai and Karel from the ERP team pushed Gert that was injured, all the way home for over 10 kilometers, cycling next to him and motivating him to hang on. People’s comments along the route were “With friends like that you can go to war”.
This just showed the team spirit that exist within ERP to help Elephants, Rhinos an People.
We even at 2 kids Boitumelo Leboea 16years and Olerato Leboea 8 years completing the 10 kilometer race.
We all had a great day with lots op exposure for ERP 

 

ERP promotes oral care and hygiene at primary school

ERP promotes oral care and hygiene at primary school

Kekana Gardens, Dinokeng, Gauteng Province: As ERP we pride ourselves in countless community service projects to enhance the quality of life. It was an honour to have Dr Y. Bansi in association with Colgate who spent the day with us at Rethabile Primary School on the 28th of September. Dr Bansi gave out education material and raised awareness on good oral hygiene designed for the foundation phase with the highlight of the day being when we helped her give out sponsored Oral Health care kits for each of the 1540 learners at the school. It was indeed a heart-warming experience for the doctor and the ERP team to see the smiles on the many little children’s faces with excitement and their willingness to learn. #ERP #CommunityDevelopment

  

August and September Update on the Kekana Gardens Project

August and September Update on the Kekana Gardens Project

INTRODUCTION

The Kekana Gardens community is situated on the border of the Dinokeng Game Reserve where ERP is currently working on an elephant monitoring programme. The location and proximity of this community to the privately owned Game Reserve positions it as a classic ERP project – conserving elephants and rhinos, through the alleviation of poverty -, which is why we have concentrated our community development interventions there, in an effort to address the rampant poverty and unemployment in the area.

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE SINCE MANDELA DAY?

Mandela Day on July 18th 2017 saw ERP spending time within Kekana Gardens, particularly at the Botlhokwa Bja Ngwana Orphans Day Care Centre and Seikokotlelo Old Age Home where we were also able to hand out several donations in the form of food parcels and toiletries. ERP gave a commitment that this would not be a once off intervention, and we would continue offering support to these community based interventions. Below, we highlight some of the activities we have been busy with since July 2017.

  • AUGUST: Additional donations to the Orphans Day Care Centre

We received additional donations from groupelephant.com’s members of staff based in the United States and in South Africa. These donations covered food parcels, toiletries, toys and shoes and were earmarked for the Orphans Day Care Centre. Magazines were also donated for the kids to use for art, and we were also able to donate some to the local library.

 

  • SEPTEMBER: More donations to the Day Care Centre and Old Age Home 

In the first week of September, we were able to deliver yet another donation to both the Orphans’ Day Care Centre and the Old Age Home. This was facilitated through the funds raised by groupelehant.com’s (South Africa Office) Talent Management Team in the days leading up to Mandela Day 2017. We used the funds to purchase utensils, plates, cups and e’Pap for both groups of beneficiaries.  The split, as shown below, was based on the wish lists we received from the two organisations:

    Old Age Home

  1. 25 plates
  2. 30 spoons
  3. 30 forks
  4. 25 cups
  5. 20kg ePap and 1 bucket of ePap peanut butter

Orphans Day care Centre

  1. 35 plates
  2. 40 spoons
  3. 40 forks
  4. 50 cups
  5. 20kg ePap and 1 bucket of e’Pap peanut butter

It is important to note that we received positive feedback from Mr Ruth Maruma, the director of Seikokotlelo Old Age home regarding e’Pap, which she said has started to invigorate the elderly residents at the Home.  This was the primary reason why we added the e’Pap to both organisations’ wish lists. We also bought a 20kg bag of e’Pap for the local office of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO), seeing that we work closely with them in executing our day to day activities within the community. Images from September’s donations are given below:

 

Managing Waste through animal traction

Managing Waste through animal traction

Bochum, Limpopo, South Africa: Whilst our waste collection truck was booked in for service this week, our donkey owners got quite busy, helping with collecting and transporting recyclable waste materials from the landfill site to the buyback centre. This is pure animal traction at work for the betterment of our rural communities. #Donkeys4Development . Our end goal is not only to sustain livelihoods through waste recycling, but to also attach an economic value to donkeys within these rural communities.

 

 

 

Kekana Gardens Update

Kekana Gardens Update

Yesterday we went back to Botlhokwa Bja Ngwana Orphan Safe Centre in Kekana Gardens to deliver more groceries, shoes and books to the safe centre. Even though the kids were still in school, the tutors and care givers at the centre were overjoyed by this gesture. We also donated some magazines to the local library so that they can use these in their outreach programmes in schools. A big thank you to the dedicated Groupelephant.com members of staff both in South Africa and abroad for their continued generous support. #BeyondCorporatePurpose #ERP