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CSI: SAB donates library in Diepsloot
Members from the Capital Optimisation Team at SAB (South African Breweries) kindly donated their time, materials and stamina to revamp one of OLIVE LEAF Foundation’s (OLF) containers at Diepsloot into a children’s mini library.
As part of SAB’s CSI drive, all teams in the business adopt a CSI beneficiary and spend at least a day a year (fully paid time by SAB) doing work with the beneficiary. The Capital Optimisation Team visited various NGOs within Diepsloot to ascertain how SAB could assist worthy causes. OLF (then Hope worldwide), Diepsloot was one of these sites. They were so impressed with OLFs work with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) that they selected that as their department’s CSI beneficiary. In late 2007 they spent a day to repaint and repair the children’s jungle gyms on site, restore taps to working order, and replace broken windows.
In July 2008 the Capital Optimisation Team again expressed their intentions to assist the Diepsloot site in November of the same year. According to Rajeev Batohi from SAB, the reason that they chose to return to Diepsloot was because ‘we wanted to continue our association with Diepsloot and so we asked Margaret Xaba where we could help’. Margaret (OLF Diepsloot Area Manager) identified a few options and the library project resonated strongly with the team, as it would be a wonderful addition to the Diepsloot site, improving literacy among the children.
Before the library could even get off the ground, the team went on a book donation drive. They requested SAB staff to donate children’s books, and collected approximately 250 books before the CSI day on 24 Nov 2008. They also partnered with second hand bookstores and purchased a further 150 books, applicable to all children’s age groups. In addition to the books, the team laid new carpet tiles and brought book shelves, tables and chairs. Much needed ventilation to the container was provided. According to Rajeev, ventilation is vital as ‘the kids have to be able to sit there comfortably and read’.
When asked how this initiative makes the team feel, Deepa Harilal from SAB responded; ‘this appeals to me as we know the problems [surrounding] literacy and kids can get exposure whilst here and be more stimulated’.
Devan Padayachy’s response to the same question was; ‘this is just the start. SAB would like to see more done next year including providing computers and security fencing’. The team will continue with their book collection and more books have already been secured and will be sent to the library.
The OLIVE LEAF Foundation would like to thank Rajeev Batohi, Deepa Harilal, Devin Padayachy, Hyram Serretta and Gerrit Thiart from SAB for offering there time, resources and effort to building a wonderful library.
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