The Botshabelo Community Development Trust – also known as Magaliesburg Group of schools in Magaliesburg – will be a hive of activity on Thursday, 30 July when 100 Amalgamated Beverage Industries’ (CCBSA) North Region employees will refurbish the Centre’s building. This is part of CCBSA’s Employee Volunteerism Programme – a company-wide Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative where CCBSA employees give of their time to deliver positive change in communities. The initiative will also form part of their Mandela month commemorations.
The work to be carried out by CCBSA employees include the upgrading of the existing dormitories for infants, boys and girls, plastering of the walls and floors, and fixing the ceiling. New indoor toilets will be installed for easy accessibility at night for people living in the Centre. The laundry room will also receive new cabinets and the storeroom will be rearranged and made practical for use. Exterior work entails fixing the cracks and painting the walls.
CCBSA Corporate Affairs Director, Tshidi Ramogase, says: “We are pleased to be able to lend a hand to this Centre that takes care of so many people. It is only fitting that we invest our time to ensure that the structure housing them remains a hCCBSAtable sanctuary. I am grateful that through our Employee Volunteerism Programme, we are able to honour the spirit of Mandela Day.”
Through the Employee Volunteerism Programme, CCBSA supports communities where it operates and provides assistance through the one-day community leave given to all CCBSA employees, to execute this work. CCBSA employees donate more than 13 000 hours or 1 650 working days to community service every year. In 2014 alone, over 1 677 employees participated in 20 Employee Volunteerism days. “CCBSA invests in the region of R5 million annually in its Employee Volunteerism Programme,” concludes Ramogase.
The Botshabelo Community Development Trust is a place of safety and healing for South African children and adults affected by HIV and Aids, poverty and violence. It was founded in December 1990 and is a rural community made up of a school, orphanage, medical clinic and village.