March 2023 Project Updates
March marked Human Rights month in South Africa. In keeping with this theme, we showcase some of the developments from our projects that highlight how we play a part in promoting various human rights through our interventions.
VAALWATER OUTREACH PROGRAMME
The IT Centre provided 11 youth with a three week basic computer training course which they completed during March. In addition, the Centre is working with local Early Childhood Development Centres and other not for profit entities to promote computer literacy. These organisations have identified a representative who will complete three weeks of training in computer literacy.
For March, Waterberg Waves FM continued to support various local gardens initiatives, following on their year’s plans to ensure more youth are involved in environmental conservation initiatives. This also included Letticia delivering an environmental education talk to University of Limpopo Environmental Science fourth year students, and attending a biodiversity workshop within Segole Village. This was over and above the daily Hlago ya Africa radio programme which touches on pertinent issues including human-wildlife confict, agriculture and tourism and how best to live a sustainable life that isn’t detrimental to the environment and wildlife.
#BIKES4ERP MADIKWE DELIVERY
During March, ERP once again delivered 93 bicycles to Madikwe under the #Bikes4ERP programme. This delivery was sponsored by SAP Corporate Social Responsibility and Keld and Tannia Ebbesen from EPI-USE Denmark. The drop adds to the fleet of bicycles that we have continuously delivered to the Barokologadi Community Property Association (BCPA) beneficiaries as part of our long term partnership with them. The bicycles aid students who stay a long distance away from school to travel to and from school more efficiently and timeously, thereby ensuring that they do not miss classes. We extend our gratitude as always to Nicolai van der Merwe and his commited team, who continue to live the groupelephant.com mantra of ‘Going beyond Corporate Purpose.’
MADIKWE APICULTURE PROJECT
We are pleased to report that the third harvest of honey which weighed 72.18 kg was collected recently for bottling and will shortly be marketed and sold at a number of retail outlets.
The Cooperative have since commenced with the harvesting of their chillies, now that the rain has subsided. They have been adding more nutrients into the soil through applying ammonium nitrate and limestone after the heavy rains leached most of the nutrients over the past few weeks. Projections show that they are most likely to harvest an additional 450kg of chillies shortly. We are pleased to report that their apiculture project is thriving, with the total number of occupied hives having risen to 38 from 34.
NTSHABELENG WASTE COOPERATIVE
The Cooperative sent off a variety of plastic and paper waste materials to the market recently and continue with their daily collections. In addition, the group is busy clearing up the land in preparation for the planting of winter vegetables under their food for waste project. We will be providing more feedback on this in the weeks to come.
MADIKWE CANINE PROGRAMME
This programme continues to thrive and the good news is that Merise and Nora’s puppies are growing well and are all in good health. All puppies have now been named, with their names all reflective of individuals within the groupelephant.com business. As always, we extend our gratitude to the people on the ground who tirelessly continue to train and care for our much loved canines. We share with you this short video clip introducing the new members. You can access the video HERE.
Woolworths through their My School, My Village, My Planet initiative is running a competition where we stand to win a share of R200,000. The P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is part of this drive through #Bikes4ERP, where everytime you swipe your Woolworths card, you help raise funds for the deployment of more bicycles in our beneficiary communities. For us to stand a chance to win, we need your help. All you have to do is remember to swipe your card with each purchase made at Woolies. The more you swipe, the higher the chances of us winning in this exciting initiative.