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Port Employees Take #ActionAgainstPoverty

Categories: COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
TNPA once again called upon its employees to nominate worthy causes, particularly any for which they volunteer in their personal time.

Employees from Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) marked the tenth anniversary of Nelson Mandela International Day at numerous charitable organisations ranging from youth centres, schools, children’s and old age homes, palliative care organisations, informal settlements, hospitals and more.

Head Office – Johannesburg 

Staff from TNPA’s Johannesburg head office spent the day at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital's Paediatric Ophalmology Ward and the St John’s Eye Hospital, which were causes nominated by the company’s Executive Manager: Corporate Affairs, Ayanda Mantshongo.

At Charlotte Maxeke, TNPA volunteers renovated the ward where caregivers accompanying children are usually not catered for in terms of sleeping arrangements. TNPA made the space more comfortable by spring cleaning and donating beds, bedside tables and drawers, a television, a children’s play table, curtains, a play mat and nappy changing facilities. 

At St John’s Eye Hospital TNPA has committed an annual donation of R50,000 for three years, which will enable a medical team to host Squint Surgery Saturday for children aged two to five years old who are on the government waiting list for squint surgery. Only six children are catered for a month and there is a waiting list up to November 2020. 

A third cause supported by TNPA’s head office was the Uitkoms Home for Girls in Observatory, which was nominated by TNPA’s Company Secretariat, Olivia Peacock. TNPA donated clothes, non-perishable food, dignity packs, books and bedding for each of the 21 girls at this home which provides support to vulnerable girls between 12 to 18 years old.

Western Cape

Volunteers from the Port of Cape Town returned to Vukani Primary School in Cross Roads in partnership with Beautiful Gate South Africa. They raked, replaced broken glass panes, installed shelves, and delivered and arranged books and chairs for the school’s library. 

In Mossel Bay a collaboration with Shine Literacy and Heart to Heart Care Centre, saw TNPA launching a Literacy Centre at one of its adopted schools in the region, Imekhaya Primary School. To promote literacy, TNPA employees will help teach the children how to read, and the Port of Mossel Bay will also be donating much needed stationery for the new centre. The programme starts with 47 learners and is expected to grow. The Port of Mossel Bay has several initiatives underway for Mandela Month. Among these is the Garden Route Careers Exhibition set to take place on Monday 22 July 2019 at the port. At the end of the month TNPA Mossel Bay will also hand over two Smart Boards to Great Brak Primary School, along with sanitary pads collected at the recent Port of Mossel Bay Charity Fishing competition which raised R7000 and 200 packs of pads for disadvantaged girls.  

TNPA’s Port of Saldanha in partnership with Saldanha Bay Municipality, ArcelorMittal South Africa, Durferco and West Coast College, volunteered at Middelpos Primary School, with a soup kitchen for the school’s 850 learners, a clean-up and painting of murals. The volunteers also established a new vegetable garden and donated gardening tools and materials to sustain the school’s ongoing maintenance and harvesting at the new site.  

Eastern Cape

The Port of East London’s Mandela Day activities impacted close to 2000 beneficiaries at organisations nominated by various employees. Among these was a donation of 10 mattresses to Sivenathi Special Care Centre in Fort Beaufort in a joint project between TNPA and the ELIDZ - a positive spinoff of the five-year MOU signed by TNPA, the East London IDZ and the Buffalo City Municipality.

Shelves were supplied and fitted in the library of Inyathi Primary School in Ziphunzana, Duncan Village, which has over 1200 learners. It was nominated by Basokazi Mthembu of the port’s Engineering department. Soup and bread were donated to Buffalo Flats Soup Kitchen, nominated by Kim Williams of the Finance department.  A gas burner and groceries were donated to Mpundu Old Age Centre in Alice, nominated by Lizo Kibita of the Finance department. IT equipment was donated to Happy Youth Art Centre in Mdantsane, nominated by Vuyolwethu Makunga of the port’s Property department. Facilities were upgraded and repairs carried out to broken windows, switches and plugs at Funukwazi Training Centre in Mdantsane, nominated by Mlindi Sambane of the Engineering department.  The port’s safety, health and environment department also conducted a clean-up of port grounds.

Volunteers from the Port of Ngqura observed Mandela Day at Sinethemba Children's Care Centre in Korsten, Nelson Mandela Bay, which is home to 46 children between the age of three to 21 years, many of whom are orphaned or vulnerable. The TNPA Ngqura team carried out gardening, cleaning and laundry.

The Port of PE volunteers visited Inn Safe Hands, which runs two day care centres – one in Shauderville and another in Salt Lake – as well as a children’s home accommodating 13 kids between the ages of 4 and 20 years.  The other beneficiary was Emmanuel Haven, hosting 71 children between the ages of 3 and 6 years at a day care centre in Motherwell. The employees treated the kids to fun activities and also provided them with much needed equipment to the value of R150 000. Inn Safe Hands received teaching aids, educational material, books, mattresses, a gas stove and cylinders, a washing machine, a fridge, kitchen utensils, an iron, blankets and groceries. Emmanuel Haven received eight tyres for their combi, teaching aids, electrical stoves, a fridge, kitchen utensils and groceries. The employees also rolled up their sleeves by helping to clean the area and they cooked a meal for the children and staff. 

KwaZulu-Natal

TNPA’s Port of Richards Bay erected three washing lines to encourage staff and port users to peg clothing, blankets and soft toys on the line for charity. Supporting the local Zululand Observer newspaper’s 'Hang out with Madiba' initiative, TNPA set up wash lines at the Employee Care Centre, Infrastructure and Marine Services sections. All companies within the port environment are welcome to hang their laundry of love on the lines. 

The port’s two main beneficiaries for Mandela Day activities were Ikhaya Likababa, an Empangeni home for orphans that was nominated by the port’s Senior Operations Manager Christina Reddy, and Bhiliya Primary School in Ntambanana. At Ikhaya Likababa TNPA installed a new trampoline, cleaned the facility, provided groceries and spent time with the children, while at Bhiliya Primary TNPA did refurbishments and will be handing over sportswear for the soccer and netball teams later this month. 

The Port of Durban called upon its employees to donate toys and clothes for the community of Mount Mariah, which will be distributed by NPO Asibanakekele. On Mandela Day port volunteers cooked for the community of Mount Mariah and donated groceries to last for the remainder of the year, while children in the community received party packs from TNPA.

TNPA’s Mandela Day programme is always enthusiastically supported by its head office, eight commercial ports, as well as its specialist business units.

 
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