The #ERP 5-a-side soccer team is still going strong. Players from other teams are starting to recognise the #Groupelephant brand and are asking questions about the nature of the organization. The team also creates opportunities for ‘loan’ players to wear the Groupelephant shirt and represent the team.
Bull Security has sponsored a vehicle to the Rietvlei Game Reserve. This vehicle is dedicated to the efforts of the anti poaching unit deployed by ERP, and is used to monitor the reserve around the clock to address possible criminal syndicates.
Click on the link below to watch the Bull Security tactical team in action supporting the ERP mission.
This project was established to prevent the invasion of elephants from Mozambique, crossing into KwaZulu Natal, and damaging the crops of local subsistence farmers. On the 12th December 2017 the second and final harvest took place, heralding the end of the first phase of this initiative. Sekelekani Honey bee project is now a registered Cooperative, with potential to alleviate poverty within the community through honey production. The members must be commended on their diligence, their work ethic and their wholehearted dedication to the project. Honey production has increased by over 60% since the start of the project and will most likely continue to improve as they have continued to manufacture boxes and more suitable potential sites will continue to be identified going forward. On the other hand, no elephant crossings have been recorded since the setting up of the beehives, which were put in the areas that were most vulnerable to elephants crossing through. This project is a showcase of how the decades long human-elephant conflict can be resolved with no adverse effects to both elephants and human existence.
On the 9th of February, ERP had successfully collared 2 elephants at the Dinokeng Reserve. We would like to thank for @flyingforfreedomsa once again for their helicopter time and Onderstepoort for their veterinarian team. The elephants were carefully monitored by ERP while being collared to ensure that everything goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.
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On Friday 26th January 2018, ERP hosted the Perez family from Epi-Use Argentina, whose visit among other things was to donate shoes from the All Walks of Life Project and clothes to the orphans at the Bothlokwa Bja Ngwana Safe Centre and have a firsthand experience of ERP’s interventions in the Dinokeng Game Reserve and the adjacent community of Kekana Gardens area.
The day’s activities
The Perez family were accompanied by the ERP staff, some members from Epi-Use (Pretoria) and G3G (part of Groupelephant.com) as they set off for Kekana Gardens in the morning. First stop for them was the Pfaranani Skills Training Centre that ERP currently manages in the community. They were taken for a tour of the centre, and were also given orientation and background of the community by South African National Civic Organisation’s (SANCO) Chairperson for Ward 73. What was put into context were the social challenges faced by the community and how ERP is working towards resolving some of these challenges through the different interventions we are currently running. G3G were also able to hand over to SANCO 20 pairs of adult shoes that they donated to the community. These have been earmarked for the old age home.
After the tour of the training centre, we headed to Bothlokwa Bja Ngwana Safe Centre, where the Perez family met with the management of the centre, and were also able to handover the shoes and clothes to about 20 children that were present at the time. Those who were absent had their gifts kept for them, and the management at the centre agreed that all the clothes would be distributed when all the children are present. It was heartwarming to also see the Perez’s young daughter helping with the handing over of the shoes and interacting with the other children at the centre. ERP brought along 30 Colgate oral hygiene kits which were distributed to all the children present.
Having spent time at the centre, we then proceeded to go through to the Seikhokotlelo Old Age Home where the Perez family got time to interact with the management there as they were taken on a tour around the place. Some of the most pressing needs faced by the home were discussed, including the fact that the inspector from the Department of Social Development had come through and asked the centre to shut down because of minor technical requirements. To this end, the Epi-Use and G3G staff present resolved that they would be willing to assist the centre where ever they can, through internally fundraising in order to meet these needs, thereby further adding value to their mantra of Going Beyond Corporate Purpose. The last task of the day was taking the Perez family into Dinokeng Game Reserve. This was not only for their game drive, but also aided in showing the direct nexus existing between the conservation of Elephants and Rhinos through the alleviation of poverty for People and communities living next to game reserves, which essentially is the ERP mission.
A special thank you goes out to the Perez family for making time to come through and personally share with the Kekana Gardens community. We also extend our heartfelt thank you to the Epi-Use and G3G members of staff that came through for the day.
Host a ERP mini campaign of your own – SPONSOR HUMAN/ELEPHANT CONFLICT RESOLUTION
In keeping with ERP’s mission to conserve Elephants and Rhinos, in the wild, through the alleviation of Poverty, we present the following opportunity for you to join us in this mission. Bee hive fencing not only prevents Elephants from invading farm lands and private property, but at the same time provides local communities with a sound economic opportunity through the production of honey. By sponsoring one or more hives, you can help us to promote this solution to human elephant conflict resolution throughout Africa.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
See the following options, below:
- Sponsor ONE HIVE:
Cost per hive $141 (R2,000)
- Sponsor ONE BENEFICIARY with 20 HIVES:
Cost of twenty hives $1410 (R20 000)
- ULTIMATE TARGET: to provide 8KM of beehive fencing with 200 HIVES:
Total cost: $28 200(R400 000)
Contributions of any amount towards the sponsorship of the above targets is welcomed or host and run your very own campaing.
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Over 100 local youth came through after invitations were sent out by our partners from the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO). Attendants were put into groups of between 22-34 for each 1 hour training session. Arthur Anderson and his team from Africasgotgame were able to take all participants through the basics of coding a game using tablets and practical games, allowing all participants the opportunity to progress understand how coding works. Interactive question and answer sessions and participation allowed all participants to be treated and rewarded with goodies for their effort, urging them on. . Participants were also asked to identify real life challenges that exist in their community, and how coding and technology can assist in addressing these challenges. At the end of the two days, all participants received certificates of attendance. ERP will continue to roll out these “We Code” sessions through out the year, so keep checking with us.
What is We Code?
We Code” is a computer programming training course targeted at High School students. These courses introduce coding in a way that is relevant to any child’s interests – be it robotics, Minecraft, or advanced text languages. The course Stunt Pilot allows kids to program drones and robots as they simultaneously learn to program and reinforce subjects they’re learning at school. Coding lies at the intersection of STEM and creativity. For girls especially, who are underrepresented in STEM fields, coding may be a unique entry point to get them interested in STEM.
The Kekana Gardens Christmas drive was initiated and spearheaded by Jana Kotze from Epi-Use Africa and her team from the Pretoria office. This was meant to bring a holiday with a difference to the orphans at Botlhokwa Bja Ngwana Day Care Centre and Seikhokotlelo Old Age Home. With her team, Jana embarked on an internal fundraising campaign to cater for the different gifts that would be distributed to about 60 orphans and aged individuals together with their care givers.
DISTRIBUTION OF GIFTS
It was agreed that the date for distributing the gifts would be 11th December, just before the recipients go off for holidays. In attendance were the Epi-Use team, representatives from ERP, SANCO, Kwalata Lodge and of course, the beneficiaries themselves. For the orphans, gift hampers were bought to cater for the different age groups. Toys and treats were bought for the toddlers, coloring books and crayons for the pre-school group whilst ERP branded bags and stationery were bought for the primary school children. For the elderly, hampers with toiletries and linen were purchased for all who are housed at the old age home full time, whilst those who come through occasionally were provided with different treats to take home.
ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE DAY
At the orphan day care centre, the children there organized entertainment for all who were present. This included their own songs and dances, in expressing their gratitude towards receiving the gifts. Thanks to the generous intervention by Charl Pretorius from Kwalata Lodge, a local youth dance group provided entertainment to the aged for the afternoon. It was heartwarming watching some of the elderly joining in song and dance, as the youthful group kept them entertained. Prior to handing out of the gifts, Mr Pretorius was able to give a quick talk on ERP and all the developmental activities we are involved with in Kekana Gardens.
CONCLUSION AND VOTE OF THANKS
We would like to express our gratitude to Jana Kotze and her team at Epi-Use for making this day a success. Their actions towards bringing joy to the less privileged in Kekana Gardens lives to the GroupElephant.com mantra, Beyond Corporate Purpose. We are also grateful to Charl Pretorius and his team at Kwalata Lodge, SANCO members who joined in and ERP personnel both present and in absent, who tirelessly worked to make this day a great success.