The Hospitality Property Fund was the driving force behind the donation of a 12-metre converted shipping container that has been divided into two much-needed classrooms for Thandulwazi Day Care Centre in Orange Farm, Gauteng. There was great celebration at the opening event, which, fittingly, took place on Mandela Day–18 July 2018.
Fikile Fikland started the centre in 2008, after she found herself struggling to find someone to look after her own children during working hours. She is a passionate lady who goes to great lengths to look after and care for her young children and it is clear that in spite of limited resources, she makes the best of what she has available. At the opening event, the children loved being involved in the painting of the container by placing their hand prints on the side.
Volunteers representing the Hospitality Property Fund were all actively involved and the children loved the lunch packs prepared and provided by the volunteers.
Keith Randall, CEO of the Hospitality Property Fund was introduced by the MC, David White as a hero, but he was quick to say that there al heroes are people like Fikile and how impressed he was at what he had seen at the centre–how well it was run. He thanked Breadline Africa for the work it does and spoke about the power and value of partnerships.
Sello Chiwane (JAM Area Supervisor) attended, along with Jospeh Tostetsi and Ellen Kgati from JAM and he spoke about the value of working with partners. JAM as supported this site for five years. Dora Mklambi spoke on behalf of the parents and thanked everyone for providing a structure which will now keep the children warm and able to learn more effectively.
The ribbon was cut by Charlene Haripersad, HR Manager of Hospitality Property Fund, Fikile and representatives from each of the three hotels: Holiday Inn Sandton, Crown Plaza Rosebank and Radisson Blu Gautrain, along with Sello from JAM.
Breadline Africa’s Director, Marion Wagner extended her thanks to The Hospitality Property Fund, mentioning that this was a fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela on this special birthday celebration, as he believed so much in education and because, for so many, it is the only real chance to escape poverty. Marion wished Fikile and her teachers much success and happiness in their new classroom.