30 May 2017: Springwood Day Care Centre, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town Classroom Handover
On 30 May, the former principals of Springwood Day Care Centre, members of the church and parents of the children from the community of Lentegeur in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town celebrated the donation of two new classrooms, which were partly funded by the Old Mutual Staff Volunteer Fund Trust.
For 28 years the pre-school operated from cramped conditions inside the church and finally more than 70 children can now have separated, age allocated classrooms. They expressed their thanks through song and dance, ending the launch event on a high note.
11 May 2017: Emgazini Crèche, Osizweni, Kwa-Zulu Natal Pre-school Kitchen Handover
On 11 May, Emgazini Crèche celebrated the opening of their new kitchen container, partly funded by UK supporters who attended a production of Oliver fundraising event. Emgazini Crèche opened in 2008, and operates from the home of Ms Makhosazana Ntshangase, the principal. She started the crèche to originally help parents to look for work as more than 40% within the community are unemployed. The pre-school has a successful vegetable garden that provides much of the produce for their kitchen, and they are even able to assist members of the community with the excess vegetables.
4 May 2017: Thokoza Crèche, Ladysmith, Kwazulu Natal, Kitchen Handover
Situated on the outskirts of Ladysmith, Kwazulu Natal, is Thokoza Crèche, a cosy home-from home for a special group of youngsters from the local community. With the support of Breadline Africa’s generous UK donors, their principal received a much needed kitchen! The old kitchen leaked badly during the rainy season and was not fit to prepare food for the more than 80 children who come to the centre five days a week. The pre-school is supported by Training and Resources in Early Education (TREE) – a development organisation based in the very heart of Ladysmith.
4 May 2017: CC Scheepers Educare, Worcester, Cape Town, Pre-school Handover
The educare centre is situated in Hex Park, Worcester, in the Breede Valley District, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. CC Scheepers cares for 56 children from the local community and provides a solid educational foundation, offering the children the opportunity to learn various skills as they discover, explore, listen and communicate. The school’s committed teachers make it their priority to ensure that the children are well cared for, giving their parents peace of mind. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
26 April 2017: Nonceba Educare Centre, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Classroom Handover
On 26 April 2017, Breadline Africa officially launched the classroom in Enkanini, Khayelitsha. The principal, Ms. Lillian Homokazi has been caring for 55 children since 2006. She has set up a small vegetable garden using recycled material to grow vegetables and every day is a challenge, as water supply is at an all-time low during the drought currently being experienced in Cape Town.
She not only teaches the children about reducing waste, but also often shares the maxim that for every problem, there is a solution.
6 April 2017: Sunshine Educare Centre – Classroom/Sickbay Handover, Philippi, Lower Crossroads, Cape Town
Sunshine Educare Centre received a 12 metre container classroom / sickbay from Breadline Africa in a handover ceremony that took place on 6 April 2017. This pre-school is situated in the Western Cape Province in Lower Crossroads, and is a beneficiary of the South African Education and Environment Project’s (SAEP) training, mentoring and support programme. This organisation works with early childhood development centres in the impoverished communities of Philippi, helping to improve the lives of the children in their care.
It was a moving experience to see how the dedication and leadership of the principal inspired the parents and community members in attendance. Lucy has battled and conquered cancer and never gave up on the children, even when she was gravely ill, she was still determined to be a positive role model for future generations.
31 March 2017: Kleinberg Primary School Library Launch, Ocean View, Cape Town
Kleinberg Primary together with The Film Industry Fund, Breadline Africa and literacy development partner help2read are today delighted to announce the official opening of their new school library. Created through the stunning conversion of shipping containers, or as in this case a prefabricated structure, Breadline Africa’s library development programme creates a bright, roomy and engaging space, fully equipped with age and stage appropriate reading resources and designed to engage learners by inculcating a love and desire for reading.
Kleinberg Primary is a no fee state school located in Ocean View, Western Cape. Despite the constant problem of overcrowding, the school was one of the very first schools to adopt the help2read programme in 2006. The school was founded in 1968 and today has 1,135 children enrolled.
8 March 2017: Merrydale Primary School, Container Kitchen,Mitchells Plain, Western Cape
The Educare at Merrydale Primary School was started in 1996 by parents who volunteered their service to parents in the community. Due to insufficient space at the school, the room used for the educare was later also used as a kitchen where food was prepared for the feeding scheme. This situation proved to be an uncomfortable one for all concerned. During the early months of 2015, Merrydale Primary School principal applied to Breadline Africa for dedicated kitchen space.
When Khuti’s Home Care and Development project went defunct at the end of 2015, Breadline Africa relocated 2 containers that had been used at Khuti’s to Merrydale. The 2 were joined together and refurbished into a fully functional kitchen that now serves children on the feeding scheme programme.
With the ever increasing problem of unemployment, many of the children that are on the feeding scheme literally survive on just the meals they receive at the school. The bigger and more practical kitchen is a welcome facility at Merrydale Primary.
27 February 2017: Khulanathi Educare Centre Wallacedene, Kraaifontein, Western Cape
Wallacedene is an informal settlement for approximately 10,381 residents where playing children brave flies and the stench of leaking outdoor toilets. The residents struggle to live in the wood and iron structures. Residents complain that the corrugated walls swelter in summer temperatures and offer little protection in the cold winter.
Khulanathi is a well-organized ECD centre that has been operating for 14 years. They are open 5 days a week from 06h00 until 17h30. Having been evicted from their current location, Khulanathi now has new facilities in a new location where they can continue to look after the 45-50 children without fear of the children’s potential becoming stunted.
Breadline Africa relocated 4 containers: 2 classrooms, a kitchen and a toilet block from an early childhood development centre that was shut down late in 2016 in Heideveld. Khulanathi is now making good use of the structure in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein. The refurbished containers have provided infrastructure facilities to create a conducive environment that will support the development of school ready children, thereby alleviating the long term effects of social disadvantage and breaking the cycle of poverty.
27 February 2017:Eden Ridge Primary School 12meter Media Container Alberton, Gauteng
Eden Primary School in Alberton, Gauteng, has more than 1,300 children. It is a government primary school and one of 19 primary schools in Alberton.
Cummins Filtration who sponsored the 12m media centre container kitted out with cubicles and computers, is a leading manufacturer of fuel, hydraulic, lube filtration and chemical technology products for all engine-power equipment. Cummins Filtration believes in empowering youth by applying creative ingenuity necessary for survival in the fast paced world we live in. The media centre will embrace this belief and enhance innovation in South Africa.
23rd February 2017: Waves For Change,Monwabisi Beach (Monwa), Khayelitsha, Western Cape
In partnership with Breadline Africa and Objek Architects, W4C officially opened the new centre, which had originally consisted of three containers in need of TLC and now sports an additional two containers, placed on top of the existing structures and made over.
“Monwa is the largest of the W4C sites, with this development we can now operate to scale and it is fantastic! Not only are we will be able run multiple sessions simultaneously, we have storage which will keep equipment intact for much longer and most importantly it gives us the opportunity to accommodate more children in the programme.”
The re-development at Monwa is part of a larger expansion project for Waves for Change who have recently launched three new sites: Port Elizabeth, East London and most recently a site in Harper, Liberia. The new centres are in addition to the three existing sites that operate throughout South Africa providing children from violent communities with a safe space, access to caring adults and a provision of surf therapy.
18 November 2016: Sithembele Educare Centre Toilet Container Handover Lower Crossroads, Cape Town
A flushing toilet is something we may take for granted, but in communities like Lower Crossroads in Cape Town, the opportunity to make use of a clean, private ablution facility is a privilege afforded to few. Sithembele Educare Centre, which was established in 2006, is a home-awayfrom-home for 45 children, from babies to five-year-olds, and they had been using buckets out in the open, as the two outside toilets provided did not function and were in a sorry state.
Having access to the toilets will help the children to stay healthy and teach them the basics of good hygiene which is a huge boon to the centre and they have undertaken to keep it clean and in good working order.
7 November 2016: Ubukhobakhe Educare Centre Classroom Handover Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Nine years ago, when Thembisa Longo started her pre-school on the site she currently occupies, it was a rubbish dumping area, something frequently seen on unoccupied land in informal settlements and townships. Tembisa immediately saw an opportunity to use her drive and passion for children to serve the needs of the children that she so frequently saw not attending school. Today her centre oversees 200 ranging from ages 6 months to 6 years. She receives a grant for 116 of these children.
The classrooms are housed in an insulated prefabricated unit (12m x 3m) divided into 2 separate rooms which will be used for her Grade R learners in preparation for primary school. They were funded by the more than 40 cyclists who took part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour race in March this year.
6 October 2016: Official Handover of the container Kitchen to Carmel Kitchen Facility
Vrygrond is a socially and economically disadvantaged community situated on the False Bay coast about 20 kilometres from central Cape Town. It is the oldest informal settlement in the Western Cape – established in 1900 by fishermen who wanted to be near the coast – their source of income. Informal houses have been erected and today more than 40,000 people live here.
The community of Carmel, located in Vrygrond in the Western Cape, was the beneficiary of a new 12m refurbished kitchen container kindly donated by Celia Cox.
5 October 2016: Official Handover of Kitchen to the Al-Maamana Outreach Programme
Breadline Africa (BLA) joined the City of Cape Town Parks Department in handing over a container kitchen to Al-Maamana Outreach Programme, located in New Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain near Cape Town.
Mr Abobaker Dramat opened Al-Maamana in 2009 in response to an increasing number of children who came to his door asking for food. A weekly feeding scheme was established with local volunteers who assisted in preparing the meals. Since then, the programme has extended to feed more than 450 vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the community, which include the elderly and homeless.
30 September 2016: Official Handover of a new Kitchen for Emfundweni Educare Centre
Emfundweni (which means ‘a place for learning’) is home to 56 children between the ages of eighteen months and five years.
In 1995, Mrs Agatha Moss started Emfundweni Educare Centre in a makeshift shack in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. Within a short time, she employed ECD practitioners /teachers to help the children to learn the basic skills that they would need for ‘big school’.
In 2011, Breadline Africa supplied a container classroom and five years later, on 30 September 2016, they received their second converted shipping container – this time a kitchen to prepare food for the children in a safer environment.
5 August 2016: Official Handover of the Kerria Primary School, Kitchen
Breadline Africa handed over a double container kitchen to Kerria Primary School, kindly funded by our direct mail donors in the UK and Ireland. Kerria Primary School is home to 1,223 children between the ages of six and 13, and is located in Atlantis, some 50 km north of Cape Town. Gangsterism and crime characterise this community, and widespread unemployment and the social ills that accompany poverty, make it a difficult environment for a child to grow up in.
Mr Russell Andrews, the principal said that the department identified 174 children to take part in the feeding scheme but the school explained that the need is much greater and approximately 300 children are fed daily. The new container kitchen will allow the school to prepare breakfast and lunch for the children.
27 July 2016: Handover of the Carter Primary School Library
With funding and support provided by CSX, Metrofile Holdings, Abacus Space Solutions, Breadline Africa, Network BBDO (through their MAL Foundation) and Macmillan Education, SHOUT officially handed over its fifth S.E.E.D library to Carter Primary School in Gauteng Province, this week.
“S.E.E.D” is an acronym for Supplementary Extended Education Device, but metaphorically also refers to the “germination of knowledge”. Other S.E.E.D libraries launched under the SHOUT brand are: Eisleben Primary School in Mitchells Plain, Western Cape (March 2014); Somelulwazi Primary School in Soweto, Gauteng Province (April 2014); Pondo Primary School in Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province (August 2014) and TT Lekalake Primary School in Kuruman, northern Cape Province (January 2016). Breadline Africa was the facilitating partner for each of these library placements.
22 July 2016: Handover of the Fifth Avenue Day Care Centre Container
Breadline Africa handed over a 6 meter container to Fifth Avenue Day Care Centre in Heideveld which lies just 16km outside of Cape Town. The centre was started in 1998, and today cares for 48 children. All but 2 of the children come from the Heideveld area where crime, violence, theft are the order of the day.
The donated container will be used as a sick bay / office. It is one of the four containers originally donated to the Khuti’s Homecare and Development Centre in 2011. It was a 24 hour centre for children with mental and physical disabilities based in Khayelitsha and was closed down in November 2015.
The refurbished office has been furnished with donations from a company who recently underwent a merger.
21 July 2016: Official Handover of the Medingen Primary School Library
Breadline Africa (BLA) this week joined Public Investment Corporation (PIC) in handing over a school library to Medingen Primary School, located in Modjadji Bolobedu in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
This is the 72nd library to be placed by BLA, six of which have been funded by PIC. These include Lulekani Primary School (Limpopo Province), Seroophata Primary School (North West Province), Beisang Mabewana Primary School (Free State Province), Sedibeng Primary School (Northern Cape Province) and Putuma Junior Secondary School (Eastern Cape).
Currently, 635 learners are enrolled in grades R to 7 at Medingen Primary School.
In addition to funding the library infrastructure, PIC has also equipped the library with shelving, a desk, 800 books and a laptop computer loaded with the Libwin electronic recording software, which will assist in maintaining an up-to-date catalogue of material housed in the library.
18 July 2016: Official Handover of the Lo-Itekile Primary School Library Mapetla – Soweto, Gauteng
Celebrating Mandela Day has become something of a tradition in South Africa – taking the time on 18 July to volunteer time and effort for the betterment of society offers a brilliant opportunity to pay homage to the man who changed a nation, and the world. This year, Breadline Africa was privileged to spend Mandela Day launching a new 12m container library at Lo-Itekile Primary School in Soweto, Gauteng. This library was kindly funded by Hollard Group Risk.
The team at Hollard Group Risk saw the potential that her interventions had created and decided that a library partnership between the company and Lo-Itekile would be an ideal way to promote literacy and a love of reading in the school.
29 June 2016: Handover of a Prefabricated Classroom God’s Ark Community Centre Eldorado Park, Gauteng
On Wednesday 29 June, Breadline Africa launched a prefabricated after-care classroom kindly funded by Containers for Life and de Brye Charitable Trust.
God’s Ark Community Centre is an after-care service that runs activities for 50 children from four nearby primary schools. Programmes at the centre are designed to develop and empower youth and contribute to community-building efforts as a mechanism to reduce the levels of crime and violence in the area. Activities include homework assistance, educational and cultural activities, and holiday programmes. All initiatives are geared towards offering healthy alternatives to crime, drugs, and other negative influences
4 May 2016: Breadline Africa Launches 70th Library in Mpumalanga Province with Wipro Technologies
Zamani Primary School, which was established in 1988, is located in Manzini-A, Mbombela and is one of 16 primary school in the district, boasting the second largest enrollment at 1 071 learners from grades R to 7. However, with a total of 138 grade R learners split into only two classrooms, it is evident that this rural school is not an exception to the challenges of overcrowding that many public schools face. What is different is the leadership. Zamani Primary was identified through Breadline Africa’s partner, the Soul City Institute, who understands that the investment requires the principal and staff commitment to ensure that any resources provided are well utilised and sustained for generations to come. The principal, Mr David Sibiya, is enthusiastic about the project and excited to share the library and Internet café with the learners.
This investment is part of Johannesburg-based IT company, Wipro Technology’s SIYAPHA initiative, bringing to life its intention to create a hub of knowledge in communities that lack access.
25 April 2016: Breadline Africa Launches 69th Library in Limpopo with Air Traffic and Navigation Services
The village of Silvermine, located approximately two hours away from Polokwane, Limpopo. There were no centrally located primary schools and villagers were forced to send their children to primary schools in neighbouring villages. Realising that they could not afford to wait for a response from the official channels, the community started Selowe Primary School as a ‘tree school’, teaching learners under trees and in shacks in the village. Teachers were not remunerated and learners had no materials to learn with during this time.
By the end of 2015, this resilient community had received a brick and mortar primary school with nine new classrooms and four paid teaching staff from the DBE. In addition, in partnership with Breadline Africa, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) recently sponsored a 12m x 4.8m school library. Breadline Africa has trained three staff members in library systems and management, and sponsored the delivery of more than 1 000 books. ATNS also provided 23 notebook computers, a printer, and a data projector and screen that can be moved to different classrooms, as needed.
Breadline Africa Launches 68th Library in the Eastern Cape with Wipro
During National School Library Week, Breadline Africa celebrated the opening of a school library and computer learning incubator with Imfolozi Junior Secondary School (JSS) and donors, Wipro – a leading global IT, consulting and business process services company in the Eastern Cape near Bizana.
This investment is part of Wipro’s SIYAPHA initiative and showcases its intention to create a hub of knowledge in communities that lack access. Breadline Africa has been chosen to help bring the Imfolozi JSS project to life.
10 March 2016: Official Handover of the Toy Library Container Nquthu, Kwazulu Natal
Co-sponsored by the UK-based Helwel Trust, Training and Resource in Early Educational (TREE), and Breadline Africa, the six-metre toy library will be opened from Monday to Friday, opening at 9am and closing at 3pm, and will be overseen by an enthusiastic young lady, Ms Sanelisiwe Kunene, who recently graduated from high school. Sanelisiwe is unemployed and volunteering at the Toy Library will garner her valuable work experience, while serving her community.
29 February 2016: Handover to Bright Minds Educare Classrooms and Kitchen Containers
Many early childhood development caregivers work under difficult circumstances, facing challenges such as poverty and overcrowding. This has been the case for Christelle Wonderlik, who has been the principal of Bright Minds Educare since 2014. On Monday 29 February 2016, she was a happy recipient of two classroom containers and a kitchen and toilet facility. Overcrowding is largely due to poor infrastructure and insufficient resource allocation to informal settlements, and Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape Province, is no exception. In light of this, Bright Minds was selected by Breadline Africa as an organisation in great need.
26th February 2016: Opening of the Prefabricated Classroom and Kitchen at Rawsonville Primary School
A few hours after the opening of the Haas Das Day Care Centre classroom and toilet, Rawsonville Primary School, 20 kilometres away, launched their new classroom and kitchen, also kindly funded by the van Dedem Foundation. The After Care centre at the school was helped by the local chapter of Badisa, a faith-based social welfare organisation. The Principal of the school, Mr David Fortuin, welcomed all the guests and expressed his gratitude to Breadline Africa for reaching out to the school. The children come from all walks of life and many were being taught under trees.
26th February 2016: Handover to Haas Das Day Care Pre-Fab Classroom & Container Toilet Worcester, Cape Town
The little pre-school of Haas Das near Worcester in the Western Cape was the scene of the most recent handover of a new classroom and toilet block on Friday 26th February 2016. Sponsored by the van Dedem Foundation, the new classroom is a prefabricated structure and will house the pre-Grade R class, while the new container toilets provide ample amenities for the children, who used to have to use the single toilet in the house. Haas Das Day Care was started in 1985 and 31 years later is going strong, despite many challenges; this day was joyous and celebratory – a mood echoed by the children and teachers.
24th February 2016: Breadline Africa Launches 67th Library in Gugulethu, Western Cape
Breadline Africa celebrated World Read Aloud Day by handing over a library to Vukukhanye Primary School in Gugulethu, Cape Town. The library was kindly funded by Mrs Miranda McIntosh in the UK, in memory of her late husband Tom McIntosh. Vukukhanye was selected by a NPO called Teenages not Curses who run an antiviolence and drug abuse programme at the school. There are approximately 600 children enrolled from grades R to 7 and the principal, Mr Damian Michaels, has worked exceptionally hard to offer these children access to alternative activities in a crime-ridden environment.
16 February 2016 : Breadline Africa Launches 66th Library at P.J.B Cona Primary School in Worcester
The library was the direct result of the generosity of Breadline Africa direct mail donors in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Ireland, and thus was solely sponsored by Breadline Africa, unlike most of the others. Also unlike many of the previous ones, this was not a container, but a prefabricated building. The reason for this was the size of the school, with more than 1,000 children, and the need to have a much larger space to accommodate the classes using the library.
At the opening, the principal, Ms Nontutuzelo Matross, explained how the previous library had had to be converted into classrooms because of the increasing number of children. She had contacted Breadline Africa two years previously and made a request for a library, and then had almost given up any hope of getting one until last year. She was thrilled with the gift and assured all present that the library would be well used.
11 February 2016 : Breadline Africa Launches 65th Library in the Eastern Cape
Breadline Africa (BLA) celebrated the fifth library launched with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), a long-standing partner of the organisation’s Libraries Project, and the 65th library overall since the beginning of BLA. The BLA team was joined by Mr Sekgoela Sekgoela, Senior Manager: Stakeholder Relations at PIC and Ms Zubenathi Jizana, Graduate Communication Officer.
The selection of Putuma Junior Secondary School as a beneficiary came about as a result of a partnership with Axium Education. This literacy development organisation, based in the Eastern Cape, runs a reading programme with the school’s foundation phase learners.
29 January 2016: Breadline Africa Launches 64th Library in the Northern Cape
Breadline Africa’s Library Project kicked off 2016 with the launch of TT Lekalake Primary School library. Located in a community on the outskirts of Kuruman in the Northern Cape, this is the 64th Breadline Africa library placed nationally, and also the fifth library located in the Northern Cape Province. We celebrated the library with sponsors BrandSA who, in partnership with ShoutSA and Play Your Part, brought great opportunity to the school through the provision of a library facility. Breadline Africa, as a facilitating partner, donated 1 000 books, setting the tone for the kind of materials needed to instill a love of reading.
Ceres Dynamic Women’s Cooperative
This group of determined ladies were overjoyed when their container for the mushroom project was delivered. Following a negotiation period with local municipalities and farmers to garner support for their initiative, a way forward was found and they are ready to start farming their first crop of shiitake mushrooms
11 December 2015: Joining Hands Educare Centre
21 years ago, Breadline Africa donated a container kitchen to this same site that saw the launch today of 2 classrooms and a toilet container kindly funded by individuals in the UK and Ireland. Joining Hands was originally used to feed the poor in this impoverished community of Mitchells Plain – approximately 32km from Cape Town. The new containers will allow so many more people to benefit from the extra space and the preschool will be able to accommodate 75 children. Charles de Long and his wife Denise are thrilled with the new containers.
1 December 2015: Education for Africa Learning Centre Launch
This NPO registered Learning Centre, reaches approximately 200 out-of-school youth from the surrounding communities who wish to complete their matric. The programme also encourages the youth to become responsible individuals and readdresses the educational
imbalances of the past. Given the rough neighbourhoods in which they have grown up, this is without doubt, an onerous challenge.
The container classrooms will eliminate the need for learners to travel long distances for their education and hence reduces the risk of exposure to more crime and violence.
20 November 2015: Nethezeka Crèche ECD Launch, Sponsored by Conlog
In 2014, the principal of Nethezeka Crèche passed away from a sudden illness, leaving Kwenzeleni Hlatswayo to look after the centre and its 25 children. The crèche is located in Ward 27, in St Chads Mission in the Umnambithi region in KZN. They have been facing a dilemma as the rented house they use is no longer available from December 2015. They have their own land and tried to build, but lack of funds meant it was never completed. Luckily Conlog – a world leader in the electricity prepayment industry with headquarters in KZN– came to their rescue and funded 4 converted containers ( 2 x 12m classrooms, a kitchen and toilet containers). On the 20th November all of the containers were launched along with a new playground and educational materials.
In South Africa 1.4 million households have no sanitation at all. The children at this centre previously had to make use of two hired portable toilets which often fell over in the frequent high winds. The toilets, funded by the generous donors of Breadline Africa, consisted of a 6m container converted into four children’s toilets and one adult toilet, plus washing basins. The children will be taught how to use these facilities and how to keep themselves healthy and free of diseases like diarrhea which causes so much illness among children living in poverty.
4 November 2015: Oceana Group Launches Little Angels Kitchen, Hout Bay
On the 4th November 2015, Oceana Group officially handed over a 6m kitchen container to Little Angels Educare Centre as part of their corporate social investment initiative (CSI). The initiative focuses on education and food security in the communities where Oceana Group have their fishing plants.
The CEO of Oceana Group declared that Oceana is part of the fabric of Hout Bay and will actively increase CSI spend in Hout Bay. Hout Bay is riddled with several social problems such as poverty, crime and unemployment. Breadline Africa is very grateful that companies like Oceana Group see the need to further improve infrastructure for pre-schools and primary schools, denoting a partnership that can only reach greater heights going forward. Little Angles Educare Centre was the recipient of the 9th container kitchen sponsored by Oceana Group since 2012.
22 October 2015: Tiangmaatla Drop-In Centre
On the 22nd October, Breadline Africa attended the launch of a container classroom generously sponsored by the van Dedem Foundation.The centre also has a vegetable garden which feeds needy families and terminally ill patients with surplus being sold to the community. Five volunteers, trained by the Department of Agriculture, tend the garden. The skills are passed on to others in the community.
28 September 2015: BabbelBekkies Day Care Centre, Prince Alfred Hamlet, Western Cape
The town was named after Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred when he visited the Cape Colony. 28 September marked a big celebration for this tiny town as parents with their children gathered to witness the handover of the much needed ECD facility. The rapidly growing township where the 3 containers (2 x 12 meters and 1 x 6 meters) have been placed is considered serviced land. The container classrooms, kitchen, toilet block and office/sick bay were funded from the proceeds from the November 2014 Night at the Opera–Gala Performance at Cadogan Hall in London.
September 2015: Cedar Care Play Group, Citrusdal, Western Cape
With no proper facilities, Gertrude and her three teaching assistants started teaching the children under a tree in the local play park. Cedar Care Play Group received 2 classroom containers, a kitchen and toilet block which was funded by UK and Irish donors. Representatives of Breadline Africa and more than 30 people gathered in Citrusdal to celebrate the official opening and hand over of the educare center.
18 September 2015: Dennemere Primary School, Blackheath, Cape Town
The double container kitchen was funded by UK and Irish donors and the cyclists who took part in the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Race. The 1,200 children attending the school come from the surrounding disadvantaged areas, such as Khayelitsha, Mfuleni, Blue Downs and Happy Valley. The school currently serves two meals per day to more than 200 hundred children who come to school hungry. For many of these learners it is the only meal that they have in a day. Their former kitchen was very small and difficult to serve food from. The nutritious meals from the new kitchen will enable the children to learn well and to complete their education.
4 September 2015: Khanyisa Educare Centre, Mbekweni, Paarl, Western Cape
The following partners were all thanked: Valcare Trust for supporting Gloria Sipula and helping to ensure the registration with the Department of Social Development, amongst other things; Nedbank (Paarl branch) for raising money to pay for the roof over the containers; FRAME who worked on the plans and dealt directly with Municipality to get approval for the containers; Just Trees for planting several trees in the yard for the children; Mpact for putting up a jungle gym, paying for toys, the fridge, stove, chairs and cosponsoring the roof; and the Van Dedem Foundation in the UK who kindly provided the funding for the containers along with the donors from the March 2014 Leighton “A Night at the Opera” Gala. Without all these key players, Khanyisa Educare Centre would have been singing a different tune.
28 August 2015: Suikerbekkies Day Care Container Handover Delniet Estate, Ceres
At the official opening and hand over of the Suikerbekkies Day Care containers parents, learners and early childhood development support organisations gathered with mutual pride. Suikerbekkies Day Care received 2 classroom containers, a kitchen and toilet block. The celebrations would not have been complete without nursery rhymes recited by the children.
18 July 2015: Cebolethu Educare Centre, Mfuleni, Cape Town
On Saturday, 18 July 2015, which is Mandela Day, Breadline Africa staff spent the morning handing out food packs to more than 100 children in the township of Mfuleni outside Cape Town, after officially handing over a container library to Cebolethu Educare Centre in the same community. The library will be functional during the week, after school hours and on Saturdays. With the assurance that the library is in capable hands, Breadline Africa is confident that the Mfuleni children and youth aged 5-18 years will continue to experience the joy of reading for pleasure and further expand their minds. Just the way Madiba would have liked!
21 May 2015: Sicelokuhle Crèche, rural Kwazulu Natal
Sicelokuhle Crèche is situated right in the heart of a village called Peace Town. “We ask for good things” is the literal translation of Sicelokuhle in isiZulu, and everyone in attendance agreed that they had received a good thing that day when they received their new container kitchen. Guest speakers expressed their hope that the community would continue ensuring that the crèche remains a safe and nurturing space for their children and that they would grow up into individuals that would prosper and give back to their communities.
22 May 2015: Lettie De Klerk Primary School, Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape
Lettie De Klerk is the only primary school in this remote town and was started by a local farmer’s wife more than 100 years ago. Breadline Africa handed over a container kitchen and the Department’s District Director for Nutrition expressed his pride in being part of this achievement and added that despite the many challenges this school has faced, it always manages to overcome them. As part of the celebrations, he informed guests that the kitchen cupboards would be filled with food.
20 February 2015: Elim Creche, De Rust, Oudtshoorn
Donated by Tiger Brands, the 12-metre kitchen/dining container was painted and decorated by a team from Purity (a department of Tiger Brands). It is a far cry from the shack that was previously used to provide meals for almost 50 children. Breadline Africa and Tiger Brands share the conviction that meaningful interventions are required to realise the future potential of children and have the greatest impact on children most at risk.
27 February 2015: Lukhanyiso Educare Centre, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Zodwa Plaatjie owns and runs Lukhanyiso Educare Centre in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. It is an early childhood development centre for up to 60 children between the ages of one and six years. The pre-school operated from a 6.5m by 4.6m shack, with a rusty roof that leaked whenever it rained, and the toilet facilities for the children were no better. The facilities lacked ventilation, and were not fire-proof. To top it off, there was hardly any space for a play area for the little children. Thanks to the generosity of Breadline Africa’s donors: the Marthe van Rijswich Foundation, the Stanley Smith Fund and Containers4Life, the facility now boasts two classrooms, a kitchen and a toilet block that have provided not only bigger, safer and more secure space for the centre, but also an inviting, child-friendly structure.
4 September 2015: Khanyisa Educare, Paarl, Western Cape
Mbekweni is a poor, rural community on the outskirts of the Paarl wine farming area. There is widespread unemployment and many residents rely on seasonal crop harvesting work. Breadline Africa, through funding from the Van Dedem Foundation and individual donors from the March 2014 Leighton “A Night at the Opera” Gala, provided five refurbished containers to serve as classrooms, a kitchen and toilets. The principal, Gloria Siphula, has struggled since 1997 to get decent facilities for the children who attend her day care centre.
The Valcare Trust worked tirelessly to ensure that this centre gets registered with the Department of Social Development and have been a great support to Gloria. A big thank you too to: the Nedbank Paarl Branch who raised funds for the roof, FRAME who worked on the plans and dealt directly with Municipality to get approval for the containers, Just Trees who planted several trees and Mpact who supplied the Jungle Gym, toys, fridge, chairs, stove and part funded the roof.
January 2015: Education for Africa Learning, Cape Town, Western Cape – Roof under Construction & awaiting official launch date
Breadline Africa provided a welcome boost to Cape Town-based NPO, Education for Africa, when they received three much-needed container classrooms, and a toilet block in January 2015. Previously, learners commuted between two facilities in Silvertown in order to complete their curriculum. This put a lot of strain on the learners, who were burdened with transport costs and at risk of becoming victims of crime. Breadline Africa is currently installing a roof over the containers.
28 August 2015: Suikerbekkies Day Care
This ECD Centre was initiated by Witzenberg Rural Development Centre and until the arrival of the containers kindly donated by UK and Irish donors, the children attended lessons under a tree regardless of the weather. Most of the children from the marginalised, farming community had no other crèche opportunity and without this, would miss out on key preparation activities necessary for entry into primary school.
The launch was also attended by the Department of Social Development, Grassroots Educare Trust and the Dutch Reformed Church who share an interest in the sustainability of the centre and will endure that it serves to protect the children’s rights to develop to their full cognitive, emotional, social and physical potential
23 September 2015: Cedar Care Play Group, Citrusdal, Western Cape
Cedar Care Play Group, which is situated in the farming town of Citrusdal, in the Western Cape, was in dire need of assistance. Knowing that young children were wandering around the community unsupervised, local resident, Gertrude Smith opened a preschool in her home in 2010. The increase in the number of children led to her building a Wendy House in the local park but conditions were cramped which led Gertrude to appeal to Breadline Africa for help.
The children now have a beautiful new container classroom, along with a kitchen and proper toilets – a pre-school to be proud of thanks to the funding of individual donors in the UK and Ireland.
8 December 2014: Merrydale Primary School, Mitchells Plain, Western Cape
Pick n Pay have funded an exciting pre-fabricated library facility at a school in Lentegeur, Mitchell’s Plain. Colourful and spacious, the 53rd Mandela Day Library opened with over 1 000 books donated by Pick n Pay and Breadline Africa. More than 1 100 learners are benefiting from the new facility.
4 December 2014: Ineeleng Primary School, Lokaleng Village, Mothibistad, Northern Cape Province
The small community of Lokaleng village in the Northern Cape Province gathered to witness the launch of the 52nd Mandela Day container library. Sincere gratitude was directed to donor, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Breadline Africa. A representative from ATNS shared the company’s concern, passion and love in investing in the education of children in under-resourced communities of South Africa.
15 December 2014: Macedonian Revival Feeding Scheme, Cape Flats, Western Cape
The new community kitchen, which was made possible by Breadline Africa’s generous donors, operates twice a week and serves more than 750 meals to adults and children in and around the poverty-stricken areas of Heideveld, Cathkin, Valhalla Park and Manenberg.
One of the custodians of this exciting project is Pastor Isaac de Jongh, a local church leader, who has spent many hours in his kitchen at home, cooking pots of food, and with the help of his friends and community, he would serve the vulnerable homeless people who lived on the streets. Now, he and his team of community-based volunteers have a beautiful new kitchen with everything that they need to make nutritious meals for those in need.
11 November 2014: Lujecweni Primary School, Flagstaff, Eastern Cape
Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) sponsored the 51st Mandela Day container library in Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape. The principal was commended on the excellent work the school has done in learner development, a sure sign of dedicated educators and strong leadership. Representatives of the Department of Basic Education attended, as well as several officials from district and circuit levels.
19 November 2014: Inkwenkwezi Educare Centre (‘Star of Hope’), Mbekweni, Paarl
In light of international reports on sanitation issues and Breadline Africa’s focus on children, World Toilet Day 2014 was celebrated with the launch of a repurposed container for the centre that caters for the ablution needs of more than 50 children. The occasion was attended by representatives from the Valcare Trust, Dr Lisa Louw, a supporter from Paarl and guests from the Department of Social Development, as well as the educators and principal. A generous donation of desks, chairs, and stack-up beds were received from Rand Merchant Bank.
15 October 2014: Qibi Primary School in Ha-Sethunya, Free State
The launch of the 50th Mandela Day Library marked a significant milestone for Breadline Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Mandela Day Libraries Project began in 2011 and neither organisation could have imagined the extent of its success over such a short period. Qibi Primary School was proud to be the recipient of the 50th library, which was donated by Air Traffic and Navigation Services.
November, 2014: Weston Secondary School, Vredenburg, Western Cape
Weston is a Secondary School specializing in Engineering and Technology. The school is based in Vredenburg and serves more than 1500 learners. There is an existing school feeding programme however Oceana Group felt there was need to make the programme work optimally, and in 2014 they sponsored a 6 meter container kitchen.
November, 2014: Sentinel Primary School, Hout Bay, Western Cape
Sentinel Primary School in Hangberg, Hout Bay feeds 730 learners (of the 950 registered learners) through the Western Cape Feeding Scheme. This no fee paying school is situated in a poverty stricken community which is an extremely violent and generally an unhealthy place to live. The school was given a 6 meter kitchen which was paid for by Oceana Group in 2014.
22 October, 2014: Banareng Day Care Centre Containers, Rikhotso Village, Limpopo
John Letsoalo, the founder and principal of the centre, is known as a respected, spirited man who never gives up and refuses to hear the word ‘no’. The new containers; an ablution block, a kitchen, and two classrooms stood out in the village and Chairwoman of Breadline’s international board, Mrs Louise Seligman, expressed great pleasure at being among the crowd on such an auspicious occasion. The centre is the seventh container project to be launched in the year that Breadline Africa celebrates 21 years of helping communities across Southern Africa.
6 September 2014: Skeen Primary, Alexandra, Gauteng
The 49th Mandela Day Library, which was the second to be sponsored by Volkswagen SA, was launched with Volkswagen’s “Show of Hands” campaign and included having a team of volunteers planting trees in front of the library and a vegetable garden. Another team was responsible for painting the library and yet another painted palisade fencing around the library. In the library, the children helped to clean shelves, label books and put up posters, while their moms helped to classify the books. The library looked great, with an opening stock of 1 100 books.
5 September 2014: Sedibeng Primary School, outside Kuruman, Northern Cape
The principal and staff were happy to celebrate the arrival of their Mandela Day container library, which was made possible by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and represented the 48th library to have been produced for this project. In attendance was the Northern Cape Department of Education’s Director of Curriculum Support, who expressed her delight, promising to make sure that the facility would serve both the school and the community.
15 May 2014: Itemeleng Primary, Reddersburg, Free State
There was cause for further celebration with Via Afrika Publishers, on the occasion of the opening of the 40th Mandela Day Library, and the second funded by the company. Labelled a “digital centre of learning” the learners now have access to 15 tablet computers loaded with ebooks, internet access and the Via Afrika Registered CAPS curriculum. Learners are not only able to read content, they are also able to click on pictures and video to enhance their understanding of how things work. The content serves grades one all the way up to 12, allowing the local high school learners a facility that is not only relevant, but critical to their development.
18 September 2014: Scherpenheuwel Primary School , Robertson, Western Cape
The 40th anniversary of Scherpenheuwel Primary School was celebrated in style with the donation of a second container made possible through funding from the Kathy Gogarty Trust. This container has been joined to the first container that was donated by Breadline Africa in 2011 and now provides room for the rapidly growing school of 89 children of local farm workers. The space makes provision for the weekly assembly for all the learners, a privilege they did not have prior to the addition. The school starts from Grade R and goes up to Grade 6.
27 September 2014: Mother Pearl Educare Centre, Piketburg, Western Cape
Established by Kitty Joubert in 1994, Mother Pearl cared for 66 children between the ages of 2 and 5 using the tiny change rooms of the local rugby stadium. Their application to the Breadline Africa container fund led to the launch of four brand new repurposed containers – two classrooms, a kitchen and a toilet, which were funded by Breadline’s many dedicated individual donors. Launch celebrations included a marching band and a procession of the children, escorted by a local police van.
6 August 2014: Pondo Combined School, Lulekani, Phalaborwa, Limpopo
SHOUTSA, founded by local musicians Danny K and Kabelo, live by their mantra ‘A better ME, a greater WE’, which is reflective of the organisation’s commitment to investing in education. This second SEED Mandela Day container library was launched through the efforts of Network BBDO, the MAL Foundation and Architects for Justice. The library opened with 2 500 brand new books, covering a variety of subjects and reading levels. Media coverage of the day’s festivities was given by SABC on their TV show called Play Your Part.
29 August 2014: Beisang Mabewana Primary School, Free State
The 47th Mandela Day container library was handed over to the principal of the school by the Public Investment Corporation. A representative of the organisation spoke of the need for sustainable and impactful solutions to uplift communities, encouraging them to make full use of the resource and allow it to be a building block for future generations in developing a culture and love of reading.
5 August 2014: Masande Educare Centre, Khayelitsha, Western Cape
The sombre weather was no indication of the joy and delight of guests who gathered for the opening of the educare centre’s brand new containers; two classrooms, a kitchen and a toilet – accommodating 42 children from the community and providing early education and care. The beautiful new space offers a bright future – a place for children to read, eat, sing, think and celebrate life. Thanks was given to Breadline Africa’s partners, in particular the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and Macquarie Securities, who contributed significantly to the project.
21 July 2014: Alfonso Arries Primary School, located between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage
Commemorating Nelson Mandela’s legacy of service to others, Breadline Africa, in association with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory launched the 45th Mandela Day container library sponsored by Volkswagen Community Trust. The launch took place just a day after Madiba’s birthday, which is celebrated as International Mandela Day, where people around the world are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to the upliftment of others.
4 July 2014: Little Bright Stars Educare Development Centre, Heideveld, Cape Flats, Western Cape
The cold weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the guests who attended the opening of the centre’s new containers – two new classrooms, a kitchen and a toilet. Attendees included sponsors BDO South Africa and Nampak Packaging and the message conveyed was one confirming that the centre would serve as the foundation for the children of those in greatest need and that it would continue to serve the community for many years to come.
13 May 2014: Thabantsho Primary School, Senwabarwani, Limpopo
Sponsors of the 43rd Mandela Day container library, Via Afrika Publishers, don’t only provide access to books, but also to the Internet, computer-based interactive curriculum and 400 ebooks on 15 tablet computers. Principals, parents, tribal authorities and the Student Governing Body were in attendance and it was clearly understood that the library is considered a treasure and an opportunity for all those who would benefit from it.
15 May 2014: Sohlazane Primary School, Tjakastad Location, Badplaas, Mpumalanga
A partnership between Breadline Africa, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, and Via Afrika Publishers led to the launch of a ‘digital centre of learning’. It enables the school’s 619 learners and 19 teaching staff to have access to 15 tablet computers loaded with ebooks, internet access and the Via Afrika Registered CAPS curriculum. District as well as regional library and information services committed to support and monitor the usage and safety of the equipment.
16 May 2014: Athlone School for the Blind, Bellville, Western Cape
The school opened in 1927 to provide education and residential care for blind and visually impaired children from disadvantaged communities. Today it boasts 405 learners and 45 educators. It was the wish of its donor, Mrs Mary Ryan from Ireland, that the funds be spent on the special needs of children. The opening of the repurposed container serves as a much needed multimedia room with all audio visual aids for partially sighted and blind learners.
23 April 2014: Somelulwazi Primary School, Soweto, Gauteng
SHOUT SA launched its second SEED library, and 41st Mandela Day Library, at Somelulwazi Primary School in Soweto. The school has 1 800 learners from grades R to seven, who now have access to a library and educational resources they didn’t have before. The library opened with 2 500 brand new books covering a variety of subjects that will support both teachers and learners in the curriculum and inquiry into worlds they would not normally be able to see and imagine given the socio-economic status of the community.
24 April 2014: Bongane Farm Primary School
The launch of the 42nd Mandela Day container library was celebrated by children big and small standing up with confidence, reciting poetry about equality, recycling, the school and the meaning of Ubuntu. The container library was sponsored by 466/64 Bangles and was also made possible by Charities Unlimited, along with a generous donation of approximately 800 books by Rotary International in Bedfordview.
10 March 2014: Riebeek Wes Primary School, Western Cape
A special ceremony was held on 10 March 2014 to launch the Riebeek Wes Primary School container kitchen. The school was established in 1965, as a Dutch Reformed Mission Church in Malmesbury and later became a fully-fledged public school. The school serves the community and the surrounding rural areas of Riebeek West, situated 80km north-east of Cape Town.
Many of the learners come from impoverished backgrounds, as their parents are mostly seasonal workers in the vineyards and olive orchards in the area. About 500 of the 750 learners at the school receive government grants and since 2014, the school has been given the status of being a “no-fee” school. This means that the school needs to undertake a lot of fundraising to support their financial needs. The Principal, educators, learners, kitchen cooks, volunteers and parents conveyed their appreciation and thanks to Breadline Africa and all partners for this wonderful gift of a container kitchen.
7 February 2014: Lukhanyiso Educare Centre, Philippi, Cape Town
Nomfundo Pezi came from the Eastern Cape looking for a better life, instead she found crime, poverty and hunger – all of which led her to open an early childhood development centre to help the children of Philippi to get a better start. Thanks was expressed to the Willem van Dedem Foundation, whose financial commitment resulted in the new container – a safe and warm space that will help to change who the children believe they are and will become.
26 February 2014: All Saints Church, Hopefield, West Coast
The launch of the garden container was a historical moment for the Hopefield Community Food Garden Project and community of Hopefield, the Western Cape West Coast’s oldest town. Its local gardeners are eager to teach the community the organic way of preparing the soil, with their first harvest having already provided 80 families with tomatoes and onions. The project received a donation of 90 fruit trees from Green Pop and continues to collaborate with various role players in the farming and agriculture community.
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14 November 2013: Xalamuka N’wakhuwani Daycare Centre, Limpopo
Amidst joyous cheer and dancing, three new containers were placed on the grounds of the centre – an ablution block, kitchen and classroom. In attendance were Ward Councillor, the Social Development representatives, the chief of Homu, the Director of Khanimamba and Breadline Africa – all expressing their gratitude for the collaboration and the support extended to Xalamuka.
19 November 2013: Ukwanda Educare Centre, Khayelitsha
Educators of the centre, accommodating 103 children, were overjoyed to receive a container toilet block in celebration of World Toilet Day – an annual celebration instituted by United Nations to raise awareness for 2.5 billion people who do not have access to sanitation and toilets. The toilet block is fitted with three junior ceramic toilets for boys and three for girls, as well as two hand basins. In attendance were the Board Members of the Makhaza Educare Forum in Khayelitsha, the Governing Body of the school as well as the parents of the children and the local media.
17 October 2013: Seroophata Primary School, North West Province
The recipient of the 33rd Mandela Day container library was selected by its sponsor, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), from a list of schools in need of a library. The list is compiled in collaboration with Breadline Africa’s partners, who assist in identifying schools that are active in the development of their learners. The launch was classically South African, traditional and vibrant. A total of 1 421 pupils will benefit with the number cumulatively increasing in the coming years.
25 October 2013: Children’s Resource Centre, Zabalaza Village, Dimbaza
Zabalaza Village was bursting with excitement with the handover of Breadline Africa’s container classroom, kitchen and ablution block to the community. Representatives of the government Department of Social Development, village elders, the police, Zabalaza committee and community members were all present to celebrate, and Signales (German based sponsor) thanked Breadline and the Children’s Resource Centre for the excellent work and commitment of enabling children to become agents of change in their world.
2014: St Helena Bay Primary School, St Helena Bay, Western Cape
St Helena Bay Primary School on the West Coast of South Africa has 817 learners from Grade R to Grade 8, of which 366 receive a meal from the Peninsula School Feeding scheme. In 2014, Oceana Group paid for a 6m container kitchen to be used at the school.
September 2013: Oranjekloof Primary and Silikamva High Schools, Hout Bay
Silikamva High School is a relatively new school that opened its doors to the Imizamo Yetho community in January 2013, following a need for a high school in Hout Bay. The name, meaning “we are the future” is an apt description of the learners who attend. The school has a student compliment of 260 and is a non-fee paying institution. The school received a six-metre container that serves as a kitchen. It was sponsored by Oceana Group in 2013.
September 2013: PW de Bruin Primary School, Lambert’s Bay, Western Cape
PW De Bruin Primary School is a public no-fee school with 817 registered learners from grade R to grade 7. 200 learners from this Lambert’s Bay school are on the Peninsula School feeding scheme and Oceana Group sponsored a kitchen for the feeding programme in 2013.
September 2013: Oranjekloof Primary School, Hout Bay
Sponsored by Oceana, Oranjekloof Primary School is reflective of the socio-economic situation of many families in Imizamo Yethu – a non-fee-paying institution entirely reliant on Western Cape Education Department funding for all its running costs. Their repurposed container kitchens are equipped with gas stoves, refrigerators, washing up sinks and steel tables and cupboards and will be used by the National School Nutrition scheme for the learners.
3 September 2013: Mailakgang Primary School, North West Province
The launch of the 31st Mandela Day container library was a true celebration of partnership. The gift of the library was part of an on-going investment in this community that was initiated in 2004, and commitment from the Woolworths Trust and MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet. Learners were encouraged to use the library as a tool to change, grow and transcend the barriers they face, in order to move into new spaces in their lives.
5 September 2013: Magudu Primary School, Mpumalanga
Singing, dancing, reading and loud music characterised the opening of the 32nd Mandela Day container library – the second of two libraries (fully stocked with books) sponsored by the Woolworths Trust and My School My Village My Planet. The proactive approach of its principal has involved the school in the Eduplant and Food and Trees for Africa scheme of permaculture and also offers the Soul Buddyz Reading Club to the learners.
24 October 2013: Hope Evangelistic Outreach Container Soup Kitchen, Wellington
Hope Outreach Project was started by a group of women in 2008, cooking on a gas stove in a rickety shack. Today more than 700 children and elderly folk are served a nutritious meal three times a week. They receive regular donations of bread from Shoprite as well as vegetables and dry ingredients from the local grocers. Attending the opening was the Lighthouse Family Foundation, the Editor of Paarl Post and the volunteers, children and elderly who stood in awe of their new repurposed container.
2013: Graafwater Primary School, Lambert’s Bay, Western Cape
Graafwater Primary School is a public combined no-fee school located in Lambert’s Bay, Western Cape. It has 206 registered learners, including 27 Grade R learners. All learners receive a meal at the school and Oceana Group sponsored a 6m container kitchen to facilitate the daily feeding activities in 2013.
2014: EJ Malgarte Primary School, St Helena Bay, Western Cape
E.J. Malgarte Primary School is situated in the St Helena Bay area on the West Coast of South Africa. This small school has a long history dating back to 1952. 172 pupils attend this school, hailing from the Stompneus Bay fishing community. In 2014 Oceana supported the school feeding scheme by sponsoring a 6m kitchen for the school. Meals are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
2013: Nonesi Senior Primary School, Eastern Cape
Nonesi was established in 1982 and is located in Nonesi Village based in the Dlamini Administrative Area, EC. The school has an enrollment of 117 learners with grades R to 6. The school kitchen was previously housed within a classroom and one can imagine the difficulty of concentrating amidst the aroma of the cooking that took place in the same space. Tiger Brands identified an urgent need for a dedicated kitchen space. In 2013, they sponsored a 6 meter container kitchen.
2013: Kundulu Junior Secondary School, Lady Frere, Eastern Cape
Kundulu JSS is situated in Kundulu Village, Lady Frere. Enrolled at the school are 190 learners with grades from R to 9. Before a six-metre container kitchen was placed at the school, they were cooking in an unsafe shack on the school premises. Tiger Brands came on board to help them with a kitchen container in 2013.
2013: Gqebenya Junior Secondary School, Eastern Cape
The school is situated in Gqebenya village in the Eastern Cape. The village is more than 70 years old. All learners and teachers receive porridge in the morning sponsored by Tiger Brands. The school has 15 staff members and 231 learners of which there are 105 boys and 126 girls with classes ranging from Grade R to Grade 9. The school received a 6 meter container kitchen sponsored by Tiger Brands in 2013.
18 July 2013: Refitlhile-pele Primary School, Soshanguve, Gauteng
BMW and the 466/64 Bangle campaign came on board to open the 29th Mandela Day container library on International Mandela Day. The opening of libraries on this day is very symbolic, as Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. A formal handover and the symbolic cutting of the ribbon marked the official opening.
2 May 2013: Qoyintaba Primary School, KwaZulu Natal
The 27th Mandela Day container library is the second library sponsored as a result of the ‘Participate for Good’ Joburg2C sporting campaign. Excitement filled the air as the community and representatives of business (Old Mutual and Hytec) came out to show their support for the new library. Six surrounding primary schools will also benefit from the library and joy was expressed through a programme of singing and dancing.
17 July 2013: Boikanyo Primary School, Garankuwa, Gauteng
The 28th Mandela Day container library is one of three libraries placed from monies raised through collaboration between the 466/64 Bangles campaign and BMW South Africa. The shelves boasted 1 000 books donated by the Rotary Club of Bedfordview in Johannesburg. The media were there to cover the event, making the launch part of the ‘Nelson Mandela 67 Minutes’ campaign.
22 July 2013: Alpine Primary School, Western Cape
The launch of the 30th Mandela Day container library was made possible through the combined sponsorship efforts of the Westin Cape Town and Macquarie Group. This container library was particularly special in that it was used in an awareness campaign at the popular V&A Waterfront in Cape Town during President Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebration period. It stood as a showcase of the incredible work done by Breadline Africa and its partners in South Africa.
13 July 2013: Mossienes Educare Centre, Swellendam, Western Cape
Located in one of the oldest towns in the Western Cape, the centre has for over 30 years been caring and looking after children while their parents are at work. An amount of R40,201.00 was raised by a group of cyclists in the Argus Cycle Race in March 2013 which contributed greatly to the donation of two 12m containers which were also funded by individual donors from the UK and Ireland. The containers provide much needed space for the children and a safe, dry shelter and learning facilities.
11 April 2013: Oppermans Kraal Primary School near Bergville, KwaZulu Natal
The 26th Mandela Day container library was opened as a result of the sports campaign, ‘Participate for Good’, aimed at raising funds through the 466/64 Bangle Mandela Day Library campaign. The learners were inspired by the presence of Sibusiso Vilane, the first African to reach the summit of Everest (twice) and TV star, Hlubi Moya of Isidingo.
25 April 2013: Mahlodumela Lower Primary School, Limpopo
The opening of the 25th Mandela Day container library, sponsored by Bariq Al Amal, started with great excitement as a load of books was delivered to the school. Mr Ebrahim Moosa, from Channel Islam International radio station, spoke of how Nelson Mandela and many other prisoners had ‘freed’ their minds from the iron bars through books. Some grade 3 learners performed a choral verse that went: “make me clever, I need books, take me to the library, let me read …”
23 April 2013: Gilonki Secondary School Library, Eqakwini, Kwazulu Natal
In recognition of World Book Day, the school celebrated the opening of their container library amidst great festivity. The department of Education Library Services donated gold badges/plaques to the library monitors and both Biblionef and UKS donated books to the school. UKS brought backpacks for all the learners. The Circuit Manager expressed his thanks by saying “education is for everyone – no-one can take that away from you. Thank you to all the sponsors for the most powerful gift.”
28 March 2014: National Healing Ministry for Social Developement in RSA, Lady Frere, Kaalfontein, Eastern Cape
Proceeds of the Africa Calling fundraising event went towards the establishment of the much needed multi-purpose community centre under the guidance of Bishop John Ngqatani from the New Heaven Holy Church. Learners from the Umhlanga Junior Secondary school were very much a part of the festivities as they celebrated the opening of the repurposed containers – an ablution block, office, storage facility, kitchen and two classrooms which accommodate approximately 35 pre-school learners.
13 March 2014: Gobandlovu Primary School, Esikhawini, KwaZulu Natal
The partnership between Breadline Africa and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory saw the launch of the 38th Mandela Day container library as a shared vision with Wipro Technologies. The company extended their involvement into small business development by empowering an educated, unemployed mother to manage the needs of the library as a business undertaking. The principal was acknowledged by Department of Basic Education for her developmental spirit.
20 March 2014: Eisleben Road Primary School, Mitchell’s Plain, Western Cape
The first of three SEED Mandela Day container libraries sponsored by SHOUTSA and the MAL Foundation was launched. Architects for Justice played a key role in the design process and the outcome is truly a unique and innovative library structure, which is able to hold an estimated 7 500 books. A live broadcast was held by 567 Cape Talk radio station and Minister Trevor Manual was honoured as a special guest. Founding members of SHOUTSA, Danny K and Kabelo, entertained the learners with an inspirational song.
20 February 2014: Refentse Primary School, Limpopo
The celebration of the 37th Mandela Day container library opening, sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), was significant, as one of their directors, who had recently passed away, had always wanted the company to work with Room to Read (a literacy development organisation with a project in the school). The library had made his lifelong wish a reality! The highlight of the day’s celebrations was the outstanding performance by a Grade 5 learner, who recited a poem of thanks, celebration and inspiration.
22 February 2013: Montshiwa Primary School, Galeshewe, Northern Cape
The 24th Mandela Day container library was sponsored by LegalWise, and parents painted it in the bright colours of the South African flag. The principal stated that the library had added a spark to the school and said that the leaders of tomorrow would grow out of today. Thanks was expressed to all partners involved – Breadline Africa, Biblionef, Soul Buddyz, Room to Read, Department of Education and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.
17 February 2014: Moime Primary in Tzaneen, Limpopo
The school celebrated the opening of the 36th Mandela Day container library, sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The library was as a result of the efforts of South African journalist, Tsepiso Makwetla, bringing the right partners together. She would later become MTN Woman of the Year, winning a R50 000 prize that was donated to the school for books.
21 January 2014: Thuto Ke Tsela Primary School, Free State
Sponsored by 466/64 Bangles, the 35th Mandela Day container library was painted by the learners and teachers, but remained covered by a red cloth before the unveiling. The ceremony was attended by Old Mutual staff and two JoBerg2c riders, a 466/64 representative, a Soul Buddyz representative, the SGB chairperson and Breadline Africa. The opening ceremony concluded with the cutting of the ribbon, which revealed the beautifully painted container library.
30 January 2014: Linge Junior Secondary School, Nyanga, Western Cape
2013 started with a bang with the opening of the 23rd Mandela Day container library, which was donated by Irish Distillers in Dublin, Ireland. The head of the school’s governing body expressed her thanks to its representatives, stating that even though an ocean divided the countries, the Irish had shown compassion and determination by reaching across to help a school in South Africa.
16 January 2014: Ikaya Primary School, Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
466/64 Bangles co-sponsored the 34th Mandela Day container library with the Franschhoek Motor Museum. Representatives from both organisations attended and spoke passionately about giving back to the community and how proud they were to have been given the opportunity to do so. Rotary International gave the library a kick-start with a donation of 1 500 books.
2012: Zukolwethu Educare Centre Containers, Khayelitsha
The entire neighbourhood turned out to welcome the two new repurposed containers that would be their new preschool – a classroom and a safe, clean new kitchen where hot meals would be cooked for the growing number of learners. The community was overwhelmed by their new facility and thanked Breadline Africa and it’s donors for helping to change lives.
2012: Sandhills Community Creche (BADISA), De Doorns, Western Cape
This ECD day care centre started in 2006 and has an intake of 100 children. They operate 5 days a week as many of the children’s parents are seasonal workers. Badisa is a social services organisation that provides professional services in the areas of child protection and youth development, The organisation has a holistic approach in providing professional services to those in need regardless of their race or religion and is committed to caring for those in need in a practical and sustainable way.
2012: Rabboni Kitchen Container, Lost City, Mitchells Plain, Western Cape
Rabboni Outreach was established by brother Larry Hamner and his team. Their aim is to provide a daily meal to each of the men, women and children in need in their community. This container kitchen was placed in celebration of National Soup Day – which started in South Africa to draw attention to the fact that hunger is still a significant problem in the country.
2012: Little Angels – Conifer Community Centre, Western Cape
After converting his home into a daycare centre for 25 toddlers, Colin Aranis had a vision to set up a soup kitchen on the vacant land opposite his home. The repurposed container kitchen has enabled him to store and prepare food to relieve the chronic hunger for these small children, ailing folk and elders in the community.
2012: Let the Hungry be Fed, Paarl
Diarrhoea is a killer that’s both avoidable and treatable, and with toilets and clean piped water, the volunteers were delighted that the children could practice good hygiene.
2012: Khulanathi Educare Centre, Sweet Home Farm, Philippi
Shocked by the plight of the children in a cramped and unsafe shack facility, the Van Dedem Family Foundation, were able to provide 2 x 6m containers for classrooms, a 1 x 6m container kitchen and a beautiful new toilet block – which will offer them safety, privacy and dignity, as well as potentially lifesaving hygiene. The Principal is so overwhelmed that she is now able to teach the children in a more professional way.
2012: Joy Special Needs Centre, Cape Flats, Cape Town
Situated in a part of the sprawling Cape Flats townships sometimes called ‘Lost City’, because of the poverty and social problems found there, the centre provides a safe haven for very poor children with intellectual and physical disabilities. Operating from two small houses, the centre now boasts a fully kitted treatment room, where children with great challenges can receive the nursing care and physiotherapy they need in safety and comfort.
2012: Butterfly House, Paarl, Western Cape
Butterfly House caters for children infected and affected by life threatening illness or life limiting conditions and vulnerabilities have access to holistic resources and skills to embrace life and a hopeful future. Breadline Africa was privileged to play a small role in their development by facilitating the donation of a container toilet block.
2012: Africa Unite OVC Soup kitchen, Nyanga, Western Cape
The Africa Unite Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project is a flame of hope with the community of Nyanga on the Cape Flats who provides psychosocial, educational and developmental services to the children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect, and discrimination by family and communities. They provide an after-school programme and currently have 86 children and youth in attendance. The project received a kitchen facility to assist in their efforts to uplift the community.
6 December 2012: Amandla Primary School, Mpumalanga
The 22nd Mandela Day container library, sponsored by Liketh Investments, was enthusiastically received by the school. ‘Amandla’, which means ‘strength’ or ‘power’ is exactly what the school embodies. Despite the challenges it faces, the farm school continues to persevere under the guidance of its principal. The day’s proceedings were concluded by the learners singing “Amandla never give up, never give up, Amandla”!
14 November 2012: Scherpenheuwel Primary School, Robertson, Western Cape
This school has 68 learners and the Principal Mrs Visagie has certainly made great strides in upgrading the school since 2010. The school has one Grade R class, one class of Grade 1 to 3 and one class of Grade 4-6. Its repurposed container of 1x12m is being used as an Art classroom. The children are being taught art as it fosters their creativity and self-esteem.
7 November 2012: Mitchell Heights Primary School, Mitchell’s Plein, Western Cape
The 19th Mandela Day container library was opened by Tata Steel Limited Company of India, and the children acknowledged the importance of learning to read and write. All the role players were thanked by Breadline Africa, including the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Biblionef, Jacana, Equal Education, LegalWise, Soul Buddyz and the contractor involved.
22 November 2012: MC Weiler Primary School, Alexandra, Gauteng
The 20th Mandela Day container library was opened by the principal, who welcomed the donor, JP Morgan Chase and guests, calling them ‘partners for life’, and thanked them for the library. As part of the library mission statement, the school intends “to instill a love for reading by making our library attractive, inviting, and appealing, as well as informative.”
30 November 2012: Kebinelang Primary School, Manthe Village, North West
The singing and dancing of the four enthusiastic Soul Buddyz reading clubs led the 21st Mandela Day container library opening. The facilitator proudly spoke about how her prayers had been answered and thanked donor, Standard Bank for their generosity in giving them a container library that they could call their own.
18 October 2012: Mandlamasha Primary School, KwaZulu-Natal
Sponsored by the 466/64 Fashion brand and contributions by Pick ‘n Pay and LegalWise, the 18th Mandela Day container library was opened with great enthusiasm and joy at Mandlamasha Primary School, which was chosen because of its strong history, a determined principal and the presence of a Soul Buddyz Club, which will ensure that the library is well cared for and used.
15 August 2012: Parkdene Primary School, Kraaifontein, Western Cape
The 16th Mandela Day container library was donated by Brand Identity and opened amid much excitement, including entertainment by local musicians, Lira and DJ Suga. It is one of the first to be funded by the 466/64 Fashion brand, which is associated closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
7 September 2012: Lulekani Primary School, Limpopo
The 17th Mandela Day Library opened in celebration of International Reading Day on 8 September. As expressed by Mr Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, “Mandela Day is about taking action and inspiring change through education, and reading can take children worlds from here.”
The library was proudly donated by the Public Investment Corporation.
6 August 2012: Vuyani Primary School, Gugulethu, Western Cape
Sponsored by the Macquarie Foundation, the first of the new Mandela Day library containers for 2012 was opened. The highlight of the morning was welcoming former President of Ireland and former UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, who read to the Grade 7 class and was commended for the role she has played in the movement for change in education.
8 August 2012: Meadowlands Primary, Soweto, Gauteng
Meadowlands Primary School proudly took ownership of the 15th Mandela Day Library from former President of Ireland and former UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. The significance of the Mandela Library was supported by the fact that Madiba had attended church in the property next to the school. Representation included guests from Room to Read, Soul City and donor, Grandmark International.
2011: Village Care Centre, Lavender Hill, Western Cape
The centre was opened as a children’s home in 1979, as Kids Shelter. In 1999, the children’s home was relocated to Langa and the Lavender Hill facility was used as a drop-in centre for community children. The centre provides feeding and educational programmes, as well as preventative and diversion programmes. These programmes aim to keep children and youth away from crime, drugs and street life and in a safe and nurturing environment. Their vocational training project received two containers, one to house an upholstery training centre and the other to support the gardening project.
2011: Ulwazi Educare Centre, Delft, Western Cape
A pre-school consisting entirely of converted containers was a dream come true for the community when Breadline Africa launched three containers – two classrooms and a hygienic new ablution block. The new classrooms have given the teachers renewed energy to teach in far more secure and colourful environment, providing the children the safety and space they need to learn.
28 March 2011: Ulutho After School Project, Mitchells Plain, Western Cape
The concern and loving heart of Joyce Cwayi, who lives in a township called “Lost City” in Mitchell’s Plain led to the delivery of a toilet block by Breadline Africa. The container provides secure, clean toilets with separated for girls and boys, basins and running water which enables the children to practice good hygiene for good health.
2011: New Haven Social Concerns
New Haven Social Concerns is situated on the Cape Flats and has been active in the Blue Downs, Eerste River, Happy Valley, Blackheath, Kleinvlei, Melton Rose, Khayelitsha and Bardale Area for the past twenty years assisting the poor, needy and hungry.This project feeds more than 600 families per week with cooked meals, food parcels and clothing. The feeding scheme operates three times a week, Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays. They also have an Educare Centre (ECD) that is subsidised by this project at a minimum fee to accommodate underprivileged kids who cannot afford to pay fees. A container kitchen was a much-needed addition to their facilities.
20 April 2011: Mona’s Soup Kitchen, Saron, Tulbagh District, Western Cape
Mona and Sidney September’s quest to tackle hunger began when they relocated to Saron where they were shocked to find the children in the community begging for food. They planted a food garden on communal land and appealed to local stores and farms to donate stale bread and veggies. They were overwhelmed by the delivery of their new container soup kitchen which allows them to offer even more children a hearty meal each day. Today they feed approximately 450 children, adults and older people every week.
2011: Khuti’s Home Care & Development, Khayelitsha, Western Cape
A safe house in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha, run by visionary local community workers, provides a safe space and pre‐school education for children and orphans with special needs and physical challenges. Breadline Africa provided four converted containers – sleeping quarters, a bathroom block, a sickbay and treatment room, and a kitchen and laundry to keep the little ones warm, clean and fed.
2011: Emfundweni Educare Centre, Makhaza, Khayelitsha
Emfundweni Educare Centre provides a full time and aftercare school programme and is situated in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. The educators provide emotional, physical and mental support for the children in their care. They believe that the children need a warm and secure space to learn and to feel safe while the parents are at work. The centre received a classroom from Breadline Africa in 2011.
21 Oct 2011: Qunu Primary School, Eastern Cape
The opening of the 13th Mandela Day container library welcomed honoured guests such as Zwelivelile Mandela, Louise Seligman, chair of the Breadline Africa international board, and representatives from SAA and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The library was sponsored by SAA and the books by Breadline Africa. The keys were handed to the Chief, who did the honours, opening the door so all could move through and admire their new Mandela Day Library.
7 September 2011: Valspan Primary School, Jan Kemp Dorp, Northern Cape
The ninth Mandela Day Library was presented by NYK Shipping Group, with contributions from Cell C, South African Airways, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, LegalWise, Maskew Miller Longman, Soul City Institute, Biblionef and Hivos SA. It was explained that the Soul Buddyz Reading Club led by example, so that other learners would strive to be like them. The handing over of the keys was a highlight of the proceedings, with all learners taking turns to move through the library. The smiles were indicative of the excitement shared by all.
30 September 2011: Nobuntu Senior Primary School, Dimbaza, Eastern Cape
The 11th Mandela Day container library was opened amid a hive of activity and excitement. The ceremony began with a parade of students led by the school’s band and followed by an address by the Soul Buddyz Reading Club facilitator, who expressed pride in being the first school in the province to receive a Mandela Day Library.
23 September 2011: Mid-Ennerdale Primary School, Ennerdale, Gauteng
The 10th Mandela Day container library was presented to the school because of its close association with the 46664 Bangles campaign. The principal spoke about the “wonder of books and reading”, thanking Soul City, Breadline Africa, 466/64 Bangles, Container Conversions, Edcon Discount Division and CNA for their contributions.
18 July 2011: Tsakane Primary School, East Rand, Gauteng
The first Mandela Day container library, sponsored by FNB, opened on Mandela Day and the SABC filmed the opening event. Representatives of the Mandela Foundation, Soul City, Department of Education and Miss South Africa and her princesses were in attendance.
1 August 2011: Sesalong Primary School, Bochum, Limpopo
Considered a special gift to the school, the eighth Mandela Day Library’s opened with the school principal saying about the new library: “In life we dream of good things. Schools dream of good things.” The partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Breadline Africa and Soul City, together with the support of the Department of Education, was commended as a start of good things to come.
27 July 2011: Mazongo Primary School, Highflats, KwaZulu-Natal
The school’s drum majorette squad celebrated the opening of the sixth Mandela Day container library with a lively performance. The Mayor of Ubuhlebezwe attended, as well as representatives from the Department of Education, Soul City, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Department of Health and the local South African Police. It was expressed that the purpose of the library was to bring light to the greater community.
19 July 2011: Little Legends Centre, Randburg, Gauteng
Thanks to LegalWise as sponsor and contributions by Vodacom, Cell C and Rotary, the second Mandela Day container library was opened by the children’s choir singing the customary “Happy Birthday to you” to Madiba. Catering for about 200 children, it is situated at the Little Legends Centre in Randburg. Painted bright red with a rainbow across it, the imagery symbolises Madiba’s hand of reconciliation and call to action.
22 July, 2011: JM Mosiane Primary School, Mmabatho, North West Province
The fourth Mandela Day Library was opened at a school selected because of its active Soul Buddyz Club and a very proactive management team. Guests included representatives from the local departments of Education and Library Services, and a team from Soul City in Johannesburg. Sincere thanks was extended to donor, NYK Shipping Group and contributors LegalWise, South African Airways, Cell C, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Maskew Miller Longman and Biblionef.
25 July 2011: Hillcrest Primary School, Wellington, Western Cape
The fifth Mandela Day container library was presented to very enthusiastic learners by donor, Maskew Miller Longman. The KwaZulu Natal MEC for Education spoke about efforts to increase literacy and a love of reading in the province, and a representative from Soul City Institute also attended the event, along with the local Mayor and officials of the Department of Education and Library Services.
29 July 2011: Benjamin Primary School, Matsulu, Mpumalanga
Positioned at the centre of Benjamin Primary School, the seventh Mandela Day Library is considered a beacon of hope for its children’s future. The Soul City Institute commended the school for being chosen to receive the library and the handing over of the keys formed an important part of the ceremony. Breadline handed over the keys, which were passed on by the various role players, ending with the school’s principal.
20 July 2011: Aha Setjhaba School, Parys, Free State
The opening of the third Mandela Day container library took place at a school that boasts an active Soul Buddyz children’s club. Proceedings were attended by members of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, SABC, Container Conversions and the local Department of Education. Thanks to Biblionef and Maskew Miller, the library shelves were already lined with books for the opening.