On Mandela Day, the 18th of July 2013, starting at 8am, employees from all operating divisions and from all rank and file will volunteer their time to make a difference in the communities within which Transnet operates. You can join the crew at any one of the following:
Inanda, Durban: Abalandi Welfare
Abalindi Welfare provides hospice care for terminally ill senior citizens as well as shelter and care for vulnerable and mentally ill senior citizens. It is also a daily refuge for senior citizens from growing social violence perpetrated against them. The Centre has a home for orphaned boys and girls.
Run by a hardworking and dedicated staff, Abalindi Welfare is in need of some compassion.
Employees will be divided into nine teams of volunteers for the hospice, frail care, old age care, children’s home, crèche, plumbing, electrical works, painting, laundry and gardening.
Motherwell, Port Elizabeth: Emmanuel Haven
Started by a group of volunteers, the Emmanuel Haven is a testimony to the social change and hope that a spirit of giving can bring. Emmanuel Haven is a hive of activity, from a hospice for HIV / AIDS patients to economically self – sustaining hydroponics farming, this dynamic Haven is the worthy recipient of our Mandela Day volunteering.
But the hardy efforts of the Haven are being challenged by criminal activity. With no perimeter fence, the Haven constantly finds itself at the receiving end of criminals. The property is vandalised and farming equipment stolen.
All Transnet employee hands will be on deck when they take on the challenge to erect a two kilometre long perimeter palisade fence.
Elands Bay, West Coast: Engelbrecht Primary School
The little Village of Elands Bay has one characteristic feature, the Sishen – Saldanha export iron ore railway line that cuts through the Village.
Engelbrecht Primary School is the only school in this little town ravished by poverty and neglect.
Because Transnet cares about those communities affected by our operations, Elands Bay will be wrapped in the red Transnet brand when our employees come to town to volunteer.
Employees will paint the jungle gym erected for the school playground by Transnet in bright colours; Transnet donated a containerised school library and equipped it with educational books (employees will assist with cataloguing the books) and our Transnet volunteers will start a food garden 50m x 30m in size that will provide food security for the community as well as the learners.
De Aar, Northern Cape: De Aar Youth Precinct
Take a train ride on Mandela Day to De Aar, and be a part of the hope and light that Transnet will bring to its youth. This multi-faceted Youth Precinct is a bold initiative of Transnet Property, and employees will volunteer to convert two abandoned houses into a shelter for homeless boys and a Youth Education and Information Centre.
The negative social issues that permeate De Aar catches hold of its young people and robs them of their quest to follow in the greatness of Nelson Mandela.
Alongside the shelter and educational centre, volunteers will build a Youth Park where the physical, psycho-social and entertainment needs of the youth will be catered for. This park will go beyond recreation, and in realising its full potential, it will be a place where all the youth of De Aar can, like a melting pot, grow into youth with hope and with aspirations for a future of greatness.