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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 more than ready to heighten its strategy implementation to another level in the next financial year.
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 of Limpopo, Mr. Chupu Mathabatha. Among other dignitaries at the occasion was obviously MEC for Education in Limpopo, Mr. Ishmael Kgetjepe, senior government officials and well-known businessmen.
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 really rewarding to see the smiles on our learners’ faces when they were being given these essentials. It is heartening to note that there are people like yourselves who unstintingly contribute to the upliftment of our school and the disadvantaged community we serve,” said Mr Kowlesar (Principal) in a letter.