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23 January 2008
ARING for Aids orphans and other children in need of protection in places of safety is the central theme of two major community support programmes being financed by Technicrete.
The concrete building products manufacturer has selected the two projects as the focus for its attention after consultation with CSI Africa, a private company specialising in the management of corporate social investment budgets.
“CSI has been working in close consultation with us, and has been instrumental in the development of our corporate social investment strategy,” says Technicrete MD Paul Deppe. ”This strategy aims to focus on infrastructural projects in the education sector within communities close to Technicrete manufacturing operations.”
One of the aid programmes targeted by Concor Technicrete is the Seruabatho early childhood development (ECD) centre in Limpopo. This is a modern nursery school for 100 toddlers run by the Thusanang Trust, part of the Ntataise network, highly regarded in the field of early childhood development. It replaces a roofless wreck, where children would huddle for shelter from the elements.
The second project is the newly built Emthonjeni after-care school centre at Machadadorp in Mpumalanga run by the Heartbeat, one of the most reputable organisations caring for orphans and vulnerable children. Most of the children at the centre are Aids orphans.
Technicrete’s total commitment, in terms of supplying bricks, tiles, other building materials, labour and expertise totals about R600 000. An important feature of both projects has been the recruitment of locally sourced labour and building contracting skills. Victor Modisa of Matlapa Construction Consulting was the architect for both projects while the building contract went to Masimbambe Construction in Mapumalanga and Maphashi Business Enterprise in Limpopo.
“CSI Africa presented Thusanang and Heartbeat as potential organisations to work through as they are best practice in their respective fields,” Deppe says. “The experience and years of expertise which these organisations bring to the communities they work in offers Concor Technicrete peace of mind in knowing that our donations are in good hands and will do the best good.”