Tlamatlama Primary School, Tembisa, Johannesburg & Mafumbuka Primary School, Soshanguve, Pretoria, Library Handover, 13 November 2017

With funding and support provided by Steers, SHOUT Foundation, CSX Customer Services (Pty) Ltd, Breadline Africa and Net#work BBDO, Tlamatlama Primary School in Tembisa and Mafumbuka Primary School in Soshanguve each received a brand new S.E.E.D library.

Many of the families living in these communities are poverty-stricken. Unemployment levels are high, which has resulted in increasing levels of crime and social ills. “S.E.E.D” is an acronym for Supplementary Extended Education Device, but metaphorically also refers to the “germination of knowledge”. Other S.E.E.D libraries launched under the SHOUT brand are: Eisleben Primary School in Mitchells Plain, Western Cape (March 2014); Somelulwazi Primary School in Soweto, Gauteng Province (April 2014); Pondo Primary School in Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province (August 2014); TT Lekalake Primary School in Kuruman, Northern Cape Province (January 2016); Carter Primary School in Alexandra, Gauteng Province (July 2016).

Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane, musicians and co-founders of SHOUT who attended both launches explained that the organisation was established 10 years ago to advocate education as a strategy for directing children away from crime. The SHOUT libraries aim to support this message.

These two libraries serve almost 3,000 children annually, between the schools, and both staff and students have eagerly awaited their arrival. To celebrate the launch, the children presented a short, inspiring reading.

A total of four libraries will be established through this project, which is a joint effort between Steers, SHOUT Foundation, CSX Customer Services (Pty) Ltd, Breadline Africa and Net#work BBDO. Core funding was provided by Steers, who raised R2-million through the sale of its SHOUT burger.