School & Orphanage Support
The BOSASA Group engages in several Corporate Social Investment (CSI) projects with the local communities where we operate. We thrive on helping children overcome disadvantages, realise their full potential and excel.
That’s why BOSASA Operations supports schools, care centres and organisations in different provinces. In addition to monetary contributions, our support takes various forms, depending on the needs of the recipient institution. Examples are:
- maintaining buildings and premises
- providing children with school supplies, stationery and toiletries
- supplying care centres with beds and bedding
- installing computers
- paying the monthly salary of one or more staff members
- supplying medication
- providing security
- installing state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and equipment that comply with all hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) principles
- providing daily meals
- sponsoring a fulltime cook
Every Sunday morning between August and October, thousands of matrics from under-resourced schools all over South Africa are transported to nearby cinemas to enjoy revision lessons in maths and science. The 10 filmed lessons cover the entire curriculum, and subject specialists are on hand to assist and answer questions.
“Some of the greatest inventions are grounded in maths and science: computers, cell phones, space travel, skyscrapers, the Gautrain, the latest cars … These two subjects open doors to job security in various fields,” says Gavin Watson, CEO of the BOSASA Group and co-sponsor of the eduCate programme. Launched by Primestars in 2010, eduCate strives to improve the dismal maths and science results of many South African matrics, especially those from disadvantaged communities.
eduCate makes a difference every year to more than 20 000 matrics. Experiencing that maths and science can be fun – and easily comprehensible – unlocks these subjects to disadvantaged learners in a way that would be difficult otherwise.
Going on an outing to the movies on a Sunday morning is a rare treat for many learners. Even better, this treat guides their revision for the prelim and end-of-year examinations and equips them for higher achievement in maths and science.
Below is a list of schools and orphanages we have contributed to over the years:
West Rand Consolidated Primary
Dating back to the 1940s but officially opened in February 1950, this primary school was started by West Rand Consolidated Mines for employees’ children.
Since the mine shut down, most parents have lost their jobs and cannot afford to pay school fees. West Rand Consolidated Primary in Gauteng continues to serve these children as well as learners from surrounding areas, such as Munsieville, affected by poverty and unemployment.
“If BOSASA was not there and we had to fend for ourselves, we would have had to close the school down. The water and electricity accounts, renovations and functions hosted by the school are some of the many requests for funding BOSASA have consistently met,” says the principal.
Khayalethu Youth Centre
Khayalethu Youth Centre in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) provides intervention programmes and alternative care for street children, specifically for boys between the ages of 8 and 18. The approach is holistic and developmental, with the ultimate aim of restoring the boys to their families.
At Khayalethu Oliver House, ages range from 18 to 21. Here youngsters learn essential life skills and can do an apprenticeship to equip them to reintegrate into society as skilled and productive members who can provide for themselves and, in the future, for their own families.
The Teddy Bear Clinic
The Teddy Bear Clinic in Gauteng was established in 1986 to provide holistic child protection services. Its mission is to minimise the secondary harm to children and their families when they enter the child protection system. The clinic provides expertise, information and support to guide abused children on a journey of healing. Abused children are protected while they receive the therapy and love they need to recover.
The Teddy Bear Clinic engages with parents, teachers and learners at schools, and the community at large to equip them with the skills to identify and put a stop to abuse.
Heavenly Promise, a non-profit organisation in Vanrhynsdorp, Western Cape, benefits youths in an area where poverty is endemic and substance abuse frequent. Trained staff offer youngsters alternatives to being on the streets: recreation, after-school care, homework assistance, a safe place to sleep, and help with overcoming addiction.
Emmanuel AIDS Haven
Emmanuel AIDS Haven, in Motherwell just outside Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, was started in 2004 by Dr Mamisa Chabula. In a community where many live below the poverty line, Emmanuel is a crèche for orphaned children who are HIV positive, a day centre and an eye clinic. Caregivers can test for HIV and provide antiretrovirals.
Mzomtsha Ngqeleni Orphanage
Mzomtsha Ngqeleni Orphanage, in Nyandeni Municipality, Eastern Cape, cares for more than 60 orphans between the ages of 7 and 17.
Khayamnandi, a learning centre in the township of the same name near Stellenbosch, Western Cape, provides critical early education for about 35 children aged three to five.
FJL Wells Music School
The benefits of a musical education, such as discovering various cultures and improving maths and science results, are usually not available to disadvantaged learners, because musical instruments and lessons are expensive.
Except at FJL Wells Music School in Bhongweni, Randfontein. Here the learners, all from disadvantaged circumstances, enjoy new instruments and equipment. School fees and entrance fees to music competitions are paid for them.
Teaching covers the standard academic curriculum in addition to expert musical training. Learners excel at both academic and musical studies, as evidenced by the many prizes they have won over the years.
Zanethemba Safe Haven
Zanethemba Safe Haven in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, provides temporary care for young children up to age 6, who are placed there by court order. These children have been orphaned, abandoned or taken away from their primary caregivers because of abuse or neglect. Zanethemba offers them a safe, welcoming environment until a more permanent solution can be found.
Working closely with social workers, child welfare organisations and the Department of Social Development, Zanethemba provides the children with loving care and a safe space where their physical and medical needs are met.
Caregivers are highly qualified parent figures. They create a loving family environment in which each child can experience the feeling of being special and wanted.
When children leave the haven, depending on their unique situation, they may be reunited with their biological parents, fostered by a biological family member (like an aunt or granny), placed in foster care with non-family foster parents, adopted, or placed in a children’s home.
Vanguard Community Clinic
Vanguard Community Clinic in Bonteheuwel, Western Cape, provides both the Langa and Bonteheuwel communities with medical care and antiretrovirals.