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DESTROYING SCHOOLS IS REGRESSIVE AND PUTS OUR FUTURE ON SHAKY GROUNDS

Working for the organisation (The Mvula Trust) that has dedicated its resources towards community development, it is highly concerning to see schools incinerated or destroyed in numerous protests taking place across the country. Growing up in rural areas, I know we only had our first secondary school in 1990. I am told that it was difficult to access education back in the mid-80s due to apartheid laws such as Bantu Education Act and Group Areas Act that were imposed on blacks. Learners walked long distances to the isolated school that was built for twenty villages or thereabouts. It was a terrible and apartheid government orchestration. As correctly recorded in this repository: http://overcomingapartheid.msu.edu/sidebar.php?id=65-258-2&page=1, “Bantu Education denied black people access to the same educational opportunities and resources enjoyed by white South Africans.” Surprisingly, as if Bantu Education was not ruthless enough, black communities abolish the only weapon they can utilise to emancipate themselves from poverty and other social ills. This scenario corroborates the fact that we are gradually becoming the worst enemies of our own progress. Although I am not disputing the negative effects of Bantu Education Act such as exclusive admission, infrastructural backlogs and high school fess, I fully believe that education is a developmental tool, and it should be cherished and safeguarded at all cost. I have observed that many residents who embraced education since the advent of democracy have made huge progress – contributing massively towards the development of their communities and country at large....

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“Value creation provokes spontaneous partnership” – Mr. Silas Mbedzi, CEO of The Mvula Trust

“Value creation provokes spontaneous partnership” – Mr. Silas Mbedzi, CEO of The Mvula Trust

It is our determination as The Mvula Trust to assist and get involved when a good cause or human development initiative is pursued. Recently, we unhesitantly joined forces with the Limpopo Provincial Government when they hosted education summits in their five (5) districts, which culminated into a two-day Limpopo Provincial Education Summit. We are delighted to have constructively participated and contributed in this project geared towards creating a conducive learning and teaching environment. Apart from our founding mandate to persistently confront matters pertaining provision of water and sanitation in rural communities and schools, we have also resolved to broaden our horizons by supporting initiatives that are meant to empower and improve the socio- economic situation in areas where our people live. Edward de Bono – a Maltese physician, psychologist, author, inventor and consultant – was accurate when he uttered this statement: “Companies that solely focus on competition will ultimately die. Those that focus on value creation will thrive”. The levels of our gratification and value creation are interwoven. The cause for our existence should be measured against multifaceted and developmental interventions through which we consciously make a lasting impact in the communities across South Africa.  ...
TMT gears up for the year ahead

TMT gears up for the year ahead

The Mvula Trust (TMT) set aside three days (16 – 18 May 2016) to retreat from the office environment and vanished into the bushy and invigorating Entabeni Safari Conservancy for a strategic planning session. This was a not-to-be-missed opportunity for a leading Non-Governmental Organisation of The Mvula Trust’s magnitude and calibre to gather and map out ways on how to strategically steer the ship in the right direction. According to John F. Kennedy, former President of the United States, the “efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” This statement fittingly echoes the basis for The Mvula Trust to make planning sessions one its annual traditions – with a view to consciously instil a sense of explicit purpose among its personnel. Attendees comprised the executive and management members as well as other employees who are at the core business of the organisation across all The Mvula Trust’s regional offices. Speaking during the opening of the strategic planning session, The Mvula Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Silas Mbedzi emphasised that the organisation (The Mvula Trust) was not going to accomplish its five (5) year strategic plan by default. “In an ideal corporate environment all organisations convene strategic sessions to reflect on their performance, collectively engineer future plans and their sustainability. It is also about how organisations satisfy market needs. We are therefore not immune in this instance,” said Mr. Mbedzi. Apart from the focal point, there were other multiple team-building activities that employees partook of, which were directly linked to how strategies could be successfully and collectively executed with a common and shared vision. The Mvula Trust is...
COO delivers a message of support at the Limpopo Provincial Education Summit

COO delivers a message of support at the Limpopo Provincial Education Summit

In the move to create conducive environment for teaching and learning in the schools across the province, the Limpopo Department of Education convened a two-day summit on the 09 – 10 May 2016 to woo key stakeholders from different quarters of society to rally behind the initiative. This well-attended summit was held at the Meropa Casino, few kilometres outside the city of Polokwane. As one of the unparalleled implementing agent for diverse government projects and a leading non-governmental organisation in South Africa, The Mvula Trust was invited among other sponsors to participate in this function. The focal point of the summit was “putting teaching and learning at the centre of all activities”. Different speakers, among them academics and experts, were invited to address attendees on how to schools could improve learning outcomes; the role stakeholders and communities to create a learning environment for school children as well as ICT utilisation and effective learner involvement and support in the whole approach. Delivering the message of support to the Limpopo Department of Education during the summit, The Mvula Trust’s Chief Operations officer, Ms Julia Mmushi, reiterated an unwavering support and commitment the organisation is offering to the department in relation to the delivery of water and sanitation in schools across the Limpopo province. During the event, The Mvula Trust committed to deliver water and sanitation to two schools in the province at no cost. “As The Mvula Trust, we are pledging to provide water and sanitation facilities at two schools that will be identified by the Limpopo Department of Education,” said Julia Mmushi. The summit was officially opened by the Premier...