COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

OVERVIEW

At Novus Holdings, we believe that we have a responsibility to the communities in which we operate to provide the means for empowerment, upliftment and to assist in ensuring the safety and sustainability of these communities. As such, we encourage each of our entities to independently drive social investment activities in their surrounding communities. All projects are governed by central guidelines and focuses primarily on education.

House Andrew Murray Child and Youth Care Centre – 2018

The child and youth care centre provides residential care to 150 orphaned, abused or neglected children from various towns in the Cape Winelands District Municipality, as well as the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality. The children’s home is responsible for the care, support, protection and development of the children in its custody through various therapeutic and developmental programmes. In March 2018, we provided the centre with financial aid to the value of R20 000.

Call 2 Care: iGardi Project – 2017

The iGardi Project is a sustainable community development project that was created by the non-profit organisation, Call 2 Care. The project teaches underprivileged communities to build cost-effective food gardens, allowing them to grow their own nutritious food sustainably.
In 2017, we donated R360 000 to the project to help three Western Cape schools grow and cultivate their own water-wise fruit and vegetable gardens. This contribution catered for 36 garden boxes to be installed, resulting in approximately 900 children being fed per day.
The three schools included: William Lloyd Primary School in Paarl, The Du Noon Recreational Hub (the primary beneficiary of which is Zusakhe Early Childhood Development Centre) and Marconi Beam Primary School in Joe Slovo.

World Aids Day: HIVSA – 2017

HIVSA, a non-profit organisation established in 2002, designs and implements development programmes to improve the lives of people and communities affected by HIV and AIDS in the greater Soweto, Orange Farm and Sedibeng region of Gauteng. In acknowledgement of World AIDS Day, which takes place annually on 01 December, and to show support for people living with HIV, as well as to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness, we donated R35 000 to HIVSA.

World Aids Day: Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) – 2017

As one of the first NGOs in South Africa to focus exclusively on responding to HIV/AIDS, the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust was founded in 1990 as a ministry of the Hillcrest Methodist Church. HACT has adopted a holistic, family-centric approach to tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic by focusing on HIV prevention, care, community outreach, and economic empowerment. In November 2017, Paarl Media KwaZulu-Natal made a financial contribution of R10 000 to HACT in support of World Aids Day acknowledged on 01 December annually.

Breadline Africa – 2017

Since its inception in 1993, Breadline Africa, one of the biggest suppliers of converted shipping containers for poverty relief in Southern Africa, has provided more than 390 infrastructure units to resource-poor communities. Also registered as a charity in the UK, Ireland and Netherlands, Breadline Africa provides initiatives and infrastructure to support childhood development. Renovated infrastructure units are used as early childhood development centres, school libraries, kitchens and toilet blocks. In November 2017, we provided Breadline Africa with financial aid to the value of R63 000.

Baphumelele – 2017

Baphumelele was started by Rosalia Mashale, a qualified teacher, when she moved from the Eastern Cape in the early 90’s to Khayelitsha in the Western Cape. Seeing the needs within the community, Rosie initiated various projects. The Baphumelele Educare Centre was one of the first projects started when Rosie noticed that there were small children wondering the streets looking for food while their parents were at work or away during the day. The centre currently provides educare to 264 children. In October 2017, we donated toilet paper in excess value of R123 000 to Baphumelele.

Uviwe Child and Youth Services – 2017

Uviwe is a registered child protection organisation situated in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape that partners with various stakeholders to deliver developmental social services. The organisation’s primary focus has always been the protection of children’s rights and to unlock young people’s full potential to become economically-active citizens. In October 2017, we donated toilet paper products to the value of over R160 000 to Uviwe.

Human Rights Day: Relate Bracelets – 2017

As a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise based in the Western Cape, Relate bracelets provide handmade bracelets that are sold with the majority of the revenue being donated to credible causes and invested in social upliftment initiatives. In 2017, Novus Holdings decided to support Cape Town-based literacy organisation, Shine, through a Relate bracelet project which resulted in a financial contribution of more than R7 000. With it’s literacy programmes, Shine aims to help transform the prospects of some of South Africa’s most vulnerable children by breaking the destructive cycle of poor literacy, low educational attainment, wasted potential and poverty. The Shine Literacy programmes ran in 66 schools directly in 2017, supporting over 6000 children every week.
In addition, we also made a financial contribution of R78 000 to The Tomorrow Trust, a non-profit organisation dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by using holistic education. They support and develop orphans, children and youth to reach their potential and become leaders that are self-sustainable and proactive citizens.
With both project contributions, Relate bracelets were provided to all Novus Holdings employees.

Shiloh Synergy – 2017

Shiloh Synergy began in 1995 when Andre Beeton and Pastor Nanda Govender started the Wallacedebe Soup Kitchen, in the Wallacedene settlement outside Cape Town. Since then, the organisation’s borders have expanded and the interest in its social upliftment work has increased. As a result, the Shiloh Christian Upliftment Centre was founded and officially registered by the Department of Welfare as a non-profit organisation in 2004. We donated R30 000 to assist them with their continued support within the communities in which they operate, driving excellence in education and intellectual development.

New Dawn – 2017

New Dawn, which was established in 2008 as a registered PBO and NGO, operates in the underprivileged community of Kewtown in the Cape Flats. They aim to keep children of this community motivated to complete their education by encouraging them to have dreams and goals. In support of the organisation’s outstanding work, we donated R30 000 in the form of financial aid, to assist them in making a difference in the lives of the youth.

Rolemodels Foundation – 2017 and 2016

Established in 2009, the non-profit organisation in the Eastern Cape focuses on the eradication of poverty through education. It runs three different projects that aim to support the most disadvantaged individuals in the poorest communities of South Africa. As one of these projects, the Imfundo project supports approximately 200 children from informal settlements in educare facilities in preparation for formal schooling. It also focuses on entrepreneurial skills development projects to empower disenfranchised individuals to become economically driven.
During 2016, we provided financial aid to the value of R10 000 and in 2017, we contributed R15 000 towards the refurbishment of a container classroom.

World Aids Day: Acres of Love – 2016

Based in Gauteng, Acres of Love provides a loving, nurturing and safe environment for children who have been orphaned or affected by HIV and AIDS. They provide a forever home for the children, as well as ‘House Parents’ who are there to counsel the children. In acknowledgement of World AIDS Day which takes place on 01 December each year, and to show support for people living with HIV, as well as to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness, we donated R30 000 to Acres of Love.

Community Crisis Centre – 2016

Founded in 1998 in Gauteng, the Community Crisis Centre was established to meet the needs of the Reiger Park senior citizens. Over the years the programme has evolved to include the following community-based services:

• Community care for children who have been orphaned, as well as those who are vulnerable because of their living situation
• Child-headed households and households that are dependent on grandparents for care
• HIV/Aids and TB support programmes
• A drop-in centre

To support this worthy organisation, we donated R70 000 in financial aid.

Die Eiland Huis – 2016

Based in Stompneus Bay in the Western Cape, Die Eiland Huis provides a safe haven for children and adults suffering from a range of physical and mental disabilities. Our corporate sponsorship of R15 000 has enabled 13 severely disabled children to experience an enriching and normal life in this safe and loving environment.

Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM) – 2016

In 2009, Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM) Children’s Home, based in the Western Cape, received a 20 year lease from the Drakenstein Municipality for the New Orleans Sports ground. This property, which used to be a quality sports ground, had been left to decay and was a site for gang activity and other negative influences.
By early 2010, MCM was able to complete the first phase of renewal, which included repaired fencing, two full-size football pitches and a field hockey pitch, offices, storage, and stands to watch the games.
As part of the second phase of renewal completed in 2016, we assisted with renovations that will benefit the home and its children for many years to come.

Ons Kinder Jeugsorgsentrum – 2016

This is a special programme set up by the Environmental Non-Governmental Organization (ENGO), which provides protection, care, educational, developmental and treatment programmes from a Christian’s perspective to as many children as possible in the Free State. In recognising the difference that this initiative is making, we provided a corporate sponsorship of R25 000 to ensure that it continues to reach children in the province.

Come Back Mission – 2016

Come Back Mission (CBM), is a non-profit organisation located in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, and is driven by a strong passion and desire to create change and give hope. The organisation offers holistic healing and transformation to marginalised people and communities affected by poverty, high school drop-outs, alcohol and drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, high unemployment rate and single parent households. As these very real issues are all too prevalent in South Africa, it made sense to play a part by offering CBM a corporate sponsorship of R25 000.

Phoenix Child Welfare – 2016

Phoenix Child Welfare engages in therapeutic counselling, education and empowerment programmes that are aimed at addressing HIV infection and the issues of those affected by HIV, teenage pregnancies, abused children and gender-based violence. Operating for over 35 years, it is registered NPO with over 100 members who encourage dialogue and debate on matters affecting the youth. Our financial aid contribution of R25 000 was utilised to assist the NPO’s Children’s Foundation.