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EVP keeps Transnet flag high in KZN


Transnet Foundation has been very active in all nine South African provinces including KwaZulu Natal where our Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP) has been in action since 2012 touching many souls in need and transforming a number of infrastructures from schools to old people’s homes.

Transnet Foundation has been very active in all nine South African provinces including KwaZulu Natal where our Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP) has been in action since 2012 touching many souls in need and transforming a number of infrastructures from schools to old people’s homes.

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Through our EVP, Transnet Foundation has undertaken sustainable community uplifting, and enabling projects in KwaZulu Natal aimed at assisting those individuals, NGOs and schools in need and making this world a better place for all and sundry. Our approach has not only been focused rendering some once off assistance, but to also ensure that the said projects have a longer shelve life, depth and a high degree of sustainability.

These projects are successfully executed through our employees’ spirit of volunteering their time with the hope of putting a smile back to the faces of those in dire need. The spirit of volunteerism within Transnet (SOC) Ltd can thus never be underestimated as it draws on its ever-willing 60 000 strong labour force all bringing in various skills and professions for different projects and activities. Our projects are diversified, ranging from agriculture to infrastructure development and, or renovations. Our EVP initiatives have had a significant impact on the lives of the beneficiaries for both young and old.

For instance, we had over 200 volunteers working on a green project at Khanyanjalo Primary School during youth day celebrations. This included planting of 1500 seedlings and donating garden equipment and tools (Hosepipes, rakes, Jojo water tanks, Wheelbarrows and fertilizers) aimed at benefitting 650 0rphans. This is an agricultural programme with a lifespan to clearly last well over a year. The tools donation is our commitment to ensure project sustainability and continuity. In the same year we had Mandela Day celebrations at Mbasela Junior Secondary School where we had 350 volunteers in a school with 1 350 learners.

In 2013, we descended on Abalindi Home, a place of care and safety with 220 residents where we had 400 volunteers performing various tasks like grass cutting, cleaning of the premises and planting of 1500 vegetable seedlings, laundry, washing and ironing clothes and bed linen belonging to the institution. Others did some exterior and interior painting of all buildings including dining halls while a good number did some electrical upgrades, ceiling fitments and some plumbing.

In 2014, the number of projects in the area rose sharply to five. We had Mandosi Senior Primary School where 300 volunteers painted the whole school externally and internally for 1245 learners. We provided them with 2x 5000 litres Jojo Water tanks, upgrading and fixing electricity, plumbing and computers. The most notable outcome from this project was the zero road fatalities as learners were no longer fetching water from across the road and the school’s overall attendance roll increased from 1245 to 1463 learners.

Inanda dam was another project where we had 30 volunteers on Women’s Day. With the assistance of the Department of Social Development, abused women or women facing hardship in life were identified. Transnet EAP Managers and other employees volunteered their skill in counselling through Teambuilding. Beneficiaries received goodie-bags

John Dunn Old Age had 300 volunteers on Mandela Day where 85 volunteers made 67 morning gowns and 67 throw-overs for the residents. The Foundation also provided containers and rooms for the Home of the Abused and Abandoned. At Bantuvukani Primary School, we had 250 volunteers on International Volunteer Day where we painted 22 classrooms and fitted doors to 16 classrooms. The school has 1200 leaners.

In 2015, the team in red went down to Platt Drive Primary school on Mandela Day where we painted classrooms in a school accommodating 800 leaners

Projects

Khanyanjalo Primary School

07 June 2012
Youth Day Celebration:
Food Security

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Khanyanjalo Primary School
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Youth Day Celebration - Food Security
200 volunteers
650 orphans benefitted
R70 851.75 contributed

Green Project: Planting of 1500 seedlings and donating garden equipment and tools (hosepipes, rakes, jojo water tanks, wheelbarrows and fertilizers).

Mbasela Junior Secondary School

29 June 2012
Mandela Day Celebrations:
Educational

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Mandela Day Celebrations - Educational
350 volunteers
1350 learners benefitted
R231 390.11 contributed

Painting 31 classrooms at Mbasela Higher primary schools and having talks(motivational talks / substance abuse / teenage pregnancy). Career Guidance was also done with employees with special skills giving talks to learners in the field of maritime, Train drivers, Pilots. School Attendance Roll increased from 1350 to 1575 and many applicants were turned down because of accommodation.

Abalindi Welfare Home Kwa-Zulu Natal

27 July 2013
Mandela Day

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Mandela Day
400 volunteers
125 residents benefitted
R197 453.00 contributed

  • Green Effort - Grass cutting, cleaning and planting.
  • Laundry – Did laundry, washing and ironing.
  • Painting - Exterior and interior painting of all buildings.
  • Electrical upgrade –Installed and upgraded electricity.
  • Ceiling – Fitting of ceiling in the dining Hall.
  • Plumbing - Geysers snf leaking pipes and taps were fixed.
  • Spring cleaning – volunteers scrubbed floors.
  • Frail – Cut their nails, combing hair.
  • Creche – Cooked and fed babies.

Mandosi Senior Primary School

24 May 2014
Inanda Exit Project

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Inanda Exit Project
300 volunteers
1245 learner benefitted
R349 784.49 contributed

  • Water for 19 classrooms using 2x 5000l jojo water tanks
  • Painting of the entire school
  • Upgrades and repairs to electricity, plumbing and computers.
  • Repairing 2 Wooden Structures used as classrooms
  • Result of our intervention: Most important one is that there has been zero road fatalies as learners are not fetching water across the road.The school overall Attendance roll increased from 1245 to 1463 learners.

Inanda Dam Rural Community

August 2014
Women’s Day

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Women’s Day
30 volunteers
80 Women benefitted
R143 520.00 contributed

With the assistance of Social development,abused women or women facing hardship in life were identified. Transnet EAP Managers and other employees volunteered their skill in counselling through Teambuilding. Beneficiaries received goodie-bags.

Tracker - Men in the Making

May 2014
Women’s Day

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Women’s Day
35 volunteers
60 learners benefitted
R33 321.00 contributed

60 Grade 10-12 learners were exposed to all Transnet operations around Durban. These learners were coming from 6 neighbouring high schools.

John Dunn Old Age Home

July 2014
Mandela Day 2014

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Mandela Day 2014
300 volunteers
85 residents benefitted
R465 350.00 contributed

Volunteers made 67 morning gowns and 67 throw-overs. Provided containers and rooms for the Home of the Abused and Abandoned.

Bantuvukani Higher Primary School

05 December 2014
International Volunteer Day

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International Volunteer Day
250 volunteers
1200 learners benefitted
R300 000.00 contributed

  • Painting 22 Classrooms
  • Fitting doors to 16 Classrooms

Platt Drive Primary School

17 July 2015
Mandela Day

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Mandela Day
200 volunteers
800 learners benefitted

Painting of classrooms

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