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  TO ALL MEDIA AND EDITORS DATE: 19 JULY 2016 EMBARGO: NONE   CREATING LASTING MANDELA DAY MEMORIES FOR CHILDREN   As part of its Mandela Day activities, The Mvula Trust visited Home of Joy day-care centre to donate food parcels, toys and other goods. The centre is located in Etwatwa near Springs in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. It takes care of approximately forty (40) kids from underprivileged families and their age ranges from three (3) months to six (6) years of age, and some of them are brought to the crèche without food because their parents are either unemployed or rely on the centre for provision. Handing over the goods to the centre, Chief Operations Officer at The Mvula Trust, Julia Mmushi said: “Mandela subjected his life to jail for the sake of our freedom. He was a selfless and kind – hearted man. It is for this reason that we have to be his agents of change.” The Mvula Trust staff played with kids and showed them love during the event. Appreciating this wonderful gesture, children also sang beautiful songs and danced for the guests. “I am grateful to you The Mvula Trust for assistance. Our centre was struggling with provision of food to the kids. We feel privileged to be visited by you today,” said Doris Sukazi, head of the crèche. Let the spirit of Mandela Day activities continue to positively impact lives. THE END Issued by: The Mvula Trust, A leading developmental NGO Enquiries:  Mashao Mohale 073 181 8046 (Marketing and Communications Coordinator)  ...

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      TO ALL MEDIA DATE: 15 July 2016 EMBARGO: NONE   THE MVULA TRUST TO DONATE GOODS TO HOME OF JOY DAY- CARE  CENTRE DURING MANDELA DAY   As part of its 67 minutes contribution towards Mandela Day initiative, The Mvula Trust will donate food parcels and other goods to Home of Joy Day Care Centre and Pre – School located in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Etwatwa (Barcelona). The crèche takes care of approximately forty (40) kids from underprivileged families and poor settlement around Etwatwa, near Springs. The age of children enrolled at the facility ranges from three (3) months to six (6) years of age, and some of these kids are brought to the creche without food because their parents are either unemployed or rely on the crèche for provision. Although the centre is officially registered with relevant authorities, it does not receive support or grant from government. We therefore decided to make fond memories for these little ones by celebrating Mandela Day with them. Details of the event are as follows: Date: Monday, 18 July 2016 Venue: Home of Day Care Centre, Etwatwa (Barcelona) Time: 12:00 – 14:00 Your attendance to witness smiles on the faces of these children brought by Mandela Day experience will be highly appreciated. THE  END Issued by The Mvula Trust, a leading developmental NGO. Enquiries: Mashao Mohale Marketing and Communications Coordinator 073 181 8046 or mashao@themvulatrust.org.za/mashaomohale@yahoo.com    ...
The Mvula Trust celebrates Mandela Day with kids

The Mvula Trust celebrates Mandela Day with kids

As part of its Mandela Day activities, The Mvula Trust visited Home of Joy day-care centre to donate food parcels, toys and other goods. The centre is located in Etwatwa near Springs in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. It takes care of approximately forty (40) kids from underprivileged families and their age ranges from three (3) months to six (6) years of age, and some of them are brought to the crèche without food because their parents are either unemployed or rely on the centre for provision.   Handing over the goods to the centre, Chief Operations Officer at The Mvula Trust, Julia Mmushi said: “Mandela subjected his life to detention for the sake of our freedom. He was a selfless and kind – hearted man. It is for this reason that we have to be his agents of change.” The Mvula Trust staff played with kids and showed them love during the event. Appreciating this wonderful gesture, children also sang beautiful songs and danced for the guests. “I am grateful to you The Mvula Trust for assistance. Our centre was struggling with provision of food to the kids. We feel privileged to be visited by you today,” said Doris Sukazi, head of the crèche. Let the spirit of Mandela Day activities continue to positively impact...

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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Youth urged to embrace water and sanitation learnership programme

Youth urged to embrace water and sanitation learnership programme

The Mvula Trust and Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) jointly launched the learnership programme at Tzaneen in the Mopani District Municipality on the 20 May 2016. The programme will mainly focus on the community water, health and sanitation monitoring and 100 identified youth from five (5) local municipalities, namely: Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, Greater Giyani Local Municipality, Greater Letaba Local Municipality, Maruleng Local Municipality and Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, will participate in this venture. Addressing the learners, Executive Mayor of the Mopani District Municipality, Ms Nkakareng Rakgoale urged them to “vigorously imbibe as much knowledge as they can during the entire programme for their future and communities’ upliftment.” In addition, she emphasised that youth must appreciate the opportunity to bridge the skills gap in the water and sanitation sector. Ms Norah Hanke, Water Sector Manager at the EWSETA, also highlighted that “not all countries are given these kind of opportunities; not all young people are selected to take part in in programmes like this one. Please use this opportunity wisely”. Adding to the trail of advice to learners, Capacity Building and Training Manager at The Mvula Trust, Mr. Takalani Modau outlined the scope and basis of The Mvula Trust’s involvement in the greater scheme of things. “We have been assigned with responsibilities to holistically manage this learnership programme until it comes to its fruition,” said Modau. Learners were exhilarated to be part of this initiative and are pinning their hopes on the learnership programme. “It is difficult to get a job if you only have a Grade 12 certificate. I hope this programme will serve as a...
“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...
Touching Lives through a Hand of Goodwill

Touching Lives through a Hand of Goodwill

The Mvula Trust staff in our KwaZulu Natal – South office held a ceremony on the 07 March 2016 to hand over miscellaneous items to Avoca Primary School. Trevor Rajnarain, our Engineering Operations Manager, spearheaded an initiative to rescue a desperate situation at Avoca Primary School – which is located in Durban. It was in June 2015 when Trevor and other staff members noticed challenges the school and learners were going through on daily basis. Moved by compassion, Trevor and the team embarked on a campaign to collect school shoes and other merchandise to address a plight at this resource – stricken school. “The school does not recover much money from school fees, and as a result they find it difficult to provide basic requirements to the kids. It is an ideal school to assist,” says Trevor. Most learners attending at the school are from destitute households; desperately struggling to make ends meet. As a result kids are taught without basic learning tools or proper school uniforms, which could affect their performance. The effort was intensified earlier this year to bring more partners on board. Inspired by the initiative, businesses and establishments such as Mini Owners Club in KwaZulu Natal, Rap Footwear, KM Connect and Computer Supply Store responded positively. They donated items, for instance: ceiling fans, school shoes, stationery, computers as well as sanitary and cleaning material. The principal at the Avoca Primary School could not withhold his emotive words of appreciation to The Mvula Trust and businesses that contributed towards the success of the initiative. “Such a noble gesture does not happen so often and it was...