SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

As one of the Emira’s B-BBEE shareholders, Shalamuka is the funding medium for Penreach, a social impact organisation working to improve education for children from marginalised communities. Established in the early 1990s, Penreach is a non-profit in-service education development organisation that develops skills of educators in disadvantaged and underresourced schools in Mpumalanga.

Penreach uplifts local communities by giving access to quality education and school management. Penreach programmes reached more than 430 000 child beneficiaries in 2018 with early childhood development, literacy and numeracy, maths and science, leadership, cultural and bursaries projects in the Ehlanzeni district. Experienced Penreach change agents deliver the Penreach programmes through innovative coaching, mentoring and training to build capacity of leaders and educators.

Penreach has developed strong relationships with stakeholders such as the Department of Education, Department of Social Development and other non-government organisations in the education sector working toward the same goals.

The beneficiaries of the Penreach programme are 99% black with 85% being black women, of which more than 50% are rural dwelling.

The Shalamuka trustees offer their services on a voluntary basis and are respected members of the business community. Shalamuka is certified by Empowerdex and is 100% compliant as a broad-based organisation in accordance with the Department of Trade and Industry Codes.

SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

As one of the Emira’s B-BBEE shareholders, Shalamuka is the funding medium for Penreach, a social impact organisation working to improve education for children from marginalised communities. Established in the early 1990s, Penreach is a non-profit in-service education development organisation that develops skills of educators in disadvantaged and underresourced schools in Mpumalanga.

Penreach uplifts local communities by giving access to quality education and school management. Penreach programmes reached more than 430 000 child beneficiaries in 2018 with early childhood development, literacy and numeracy, maths and science, leadership, cultural and bursaries projects in the Ehlanzeni district. Experienced Penreach change agents deliver the Penreach programmes through innovative coaching, mentoring and training to build capacity of leaders and educators.

Penreach has developed strong relationships with stakeholders such as the Department of Education, Department of Social Development and other non-government organisations in the education sector working toward the same goals.

The beneficiaries of the Penreach programme are 99% black with 85% being black women, of which more than 50% are rural dwelling.

The Shalamuka trustees offer their services on a voluntary basis and are respected members of the business community. Shalamuka is certified by Empowerdex and is 100% compliant as a broad-based organisation in accordance with the Department of Trade and Industry Codes.

RETAIL SOCIAL INITIATIVES

Every year, Emira engages with the communities that live around the Company’s numerous retail shopping centres, through a wide range of social initiatives. These are developed and implemented by the same hands-on people who run the shopping centres on a daily basis, throughout the retail portfolio, across South Africa. Emira does its part to help build a better society, by creating opportunities for people to become involved in worthy causes where they can make a difference to those in need, within their own communities. Listed below are some of the initiatives undertaken during the year under review:

Wonderpark Shopping Centre

  • The Wonderpark Cares calendar comprises monthly events that assist various organisations by adding non-traditional charitable days to each month. The campaign was initiated to enhance the centre’s corporate social responsibility efforts within the local community
  • The centre’s Golden Oldies pensioners club gives back to its older shoppers, by donating a monthly breakfast that includes food, entertainment, workshops and prizes from various of the centre’s tenants, amounting to over R130 000 for the year.
  • For its Fruit Day theme, the centre spent a day at the kids’ play area, and gave children various types of fruit, teaching them about the role of fruit in staying healthy during the winter.
  • For Girl Power Day, the centre sponsored feminine hygiene products to the Community Policing Forum (“CPF”), which hosted a Women’s Day event in the month of August, donating the products to girls in the community and surrounding school to the value of over R4 000.
  • On Dental Hygiene Day, the centre enlisted the help of a dentist and visited the Kiddie’s Corner Day Care Centre.
  • The centre treated pensioners in the community to a movie at Ster-Kinekor, some of whom enjoyed their first cinema experience ever, and the centre sponsored popcorn, beverages, t-shirts and earphones for a total donation of over R9 000.
  • The centre and Pick n Pay celebrated Mandela Day by visiting the Letlhabile Victim Support Centre in Ga-Rankuwa, sponsoring personal hygiene items, food and household goods valued at over R3 500.
  • Santa’s Workshop was launched in November in the centre’s food court, where children from two NPOs were invited to receive a gift and have their photo taken with Santa, in a sponsorship of over R7 800.
  • The local CPF hosted a Christmas lunch at the centre in December to benefit 70 underprivileged children, who were each given hampers with food and personal care products for a total donation of over R10 000.
  • The centre’s annual festive season charity gift wrapping stations were located outside the Pick n Pay, ABSA and Woolworths court, with over R20 000 raised for the Gracia Children’s Home.
  • The centre, its tenants and the community joined Jacaranda FM’s Project Water Drop to collect water for 80 vulnerable schools in the Western Cape that were experiencing severe drought conditions. A total of 1 290 litres to the value of R3 100 was collected and sent for distribution.
  • Wonderpark sponsored branded jerseys for Akasia High School’s first and second rugby team to be worn during matches in the centre’s brand awareness campaign, valued at R7 500.
  • The centre donated exhibition space worth a total of R8 100 to various charity organisations to promote their cause and/or create awareness. Those sponsored included: SAPS Crime Prevention, Sefako Makgatho immunisation catch-up campaign, Charlton Vos Cultural, Foundation for Professional Development HIV Testing, Legae Medi Clinic pregnancy awareness.
  • Free advertising space valued at R4 500 was donated by the centre to create awareness for the Sunflower Fund, a charity organisation that fights blood diseases such as Leukaemia.
  • To make the centre more accessible for members of the surrounding community using taxis and buses, a user-friendly, covered mini taxi rank was built on the premises, complete with clean restrooms.
  • Located behind the centre is the charity vegetable garden whereby the Luvuyo Orphanage in Soshanguve visits the garden on a weekly basis to collect ripe vegetables to help feed the orphaned children in its care.

Epsom Downs Centre, Randridge Mall, Boskruin Village And The Colony

  • On a bimonthly basis, all four centres hosted the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, which provides practical, emotional and educational support to children with cancer and their families. The centres collectively raised more than R250 000 for this worthy cause.
  • Randridge Mall held monthly blood donation drives in conjunction with the South African National Blood Service (“SANBS”) to address the severe national blood shortage, collecting over 465 units of blood.
  • Randridge Mall and Boskruin Village hosted the National Sea Rescue Institute (“NSRI”) twice during the year to collect donations and draw attention to the crucial services provided by the NSRI.
  • To raise cancer awareness and raise much-needed funds, Randridge Mall hosted its 15th annual CANSA Shavathon, collecting over R170 000, to make it the best performing Shavathon in a centre for the third year running.
  • Randridge Mall partnered with radio station HOT91.9FM to support the local community by providing R20 000, and the radio station reciprocated with free publicity for the centre.
  • All four of the centres hosted 4Paws Animal Shelter, a registered NPO that rescues, treats and re-homes sick, abandoned and feral pets. The centres each provided space for 4Paws four times during the year to assist in raising funds for their cause, raising R50 000 collectively.
  • Student representatives from local schools were allocated space at each of the centres to support and help promote the various causes of nearby schools.
  • HOT91.9FM collaborated once again with Randridge Mall and Boskruin Village in a charity drive to collect items for abused and abandoned women from local communities. Bins were placed at the centres for five months and over 5 000 items were collected in the initiative.
  • The Hoppeez blanket drive was started by Randridge Mall during the year, collecting blankets that were donated on Mandela Day to children’s cancer wards across Johannesburg.

Granada Square

  • In conjunction with the Umhlanga Tourism Board, the centre hosted its sixth consecutive UIP and Rotary Carols by Candlelight event in December. Entrance to the event was free and the song sheets were designed, printed and supplied at no charge. To further assist with costs, the centre donated R20 500 to the event, in which the community once again demonstrated its support with donations for those in need during the festive season.
  • The centre held its Beach Clean-up event during March, whereby five projects were undertaken with a R5 000 donation from the centre. The five projects were run by the Umhlanga UIP, and comprised: dune rehabilitation; alien vegetation removal along the Promenade; Umhlanga Lagoon area clean-up; Lagoon nature trail clean-up; and gum cleaning on the Promenade. The funds were primarily used to pay for the workforce, as well as for the equipment required to carry out the work.
  • For a week in May, the centre sponsored space for Breadline Africa, which focuses its efforts on infrastructure projects that benefit early childhood development (providing educational support to children between the ages of one and six years), and literacy in children and youth.

Park Boulevard

  • To celebrate International Literacy Day in September, the centre embarked on a project to build a library at a local school. The centre appealed to the local community and schools to assist with collecting books for a school in dire need of a library. Donated books were brought to the centre and also collected from private residences. The local community was asked to suggest the beneficiary, and in this way, Acacia Primary School was chosen. Within three days of campaigning, over 20 boxes were filled with various books and encyclopaedias for the school.
  • The centre held its Stationery Drive in January to mark the end of the festive season. Five schools in need were selected for donations of stationery sets, which were distributed to learners at the schools.
  • In conjunction with #CleanBlueLagoon, the centre sponsored a beach clean-up initiative with a R5 000 donation, as well as contributions from other sponsors. The funds were given to unemployed people who cleaned the area on the day, with over eight boat loads of waste being collected.

Quagga Shopping Centre

  • The centre hosted a fraud awareness drive with the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (“SABRIC”), a non-profit organisation that focuses on industry efforts to combat bank-related crime. SABRIC distributed pamphlets to educate customers in making their festive banking safe, secure and fraud-free.
  • The centre held an awareness campaign with the South African Police Service (“SAPS”) in Pretoria West, where members joined with those from other SAPS districts, to promote their Victim Empowerment Programme. The aim of programme is for victims of crime to be treated with fairness, respect and without discrimination, regardless of their circumstances.
  • In November, the centre assisted a local child who was attacked by dangerous pet dogs in Atteridgeville while playing in the street. The centre donated a sleeper couch to help with his recovery from surgery.
  • To raise funds for cancer survivors, the centre and a team of volunteers hosted the annual CANSA Shavathon at the Pick n Pay court. The centre donated items to the value of R15 000 to facilitate the event.
  • The centre allocated space for the 100+ Movement as they held their annual winter drive soup kitchen to benefit the needy from the local community in Phomolong, Atteridgeville in Pretoria West. The centre donated items to contribute to the event’s overall success, and clothes were distributed to those less fortunate.
  • Free exhibition space was provided to raise funds for the Leratong Hospice, which is a medical care centre situated in Atteridgeville that provides holistic care for patients in the community, as well as support for their families.
  • On a monthly basis, the centre donates space to the Zamipilo Wellness Clinic and Disease Management. The organisation provides wellness services to the community, including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, HIV and tuberculosis.
  • As part of its “We Go Green” project, the centre’s management staff and suppliers took to the streets of Pretoria West to clean up areas afflicted by the scourge of illegal dumping. Also in attendance were staff members of the SAPS Pretoria West station.

Tramshed Shopping Centre

  • Once again, the centre donated space to the Universal Peace Federation to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS and the prevention of child abuse, with the charity selling brochures, pens and promotional merchandise to raise funds for their cause.

Springfield Retail Centre

  • Springfield Model Primary school was selected by the centre as the recipient of a JoJo water tank valued at over R15 500. The JoJo tank solution is a system that crucially stores water for use in the event of a main line water supply interruption. The centre’s donation included the JoJo tank as well as its installation.
  • The centre donated R10 000 to the local welfare organisation, Lakehaven Child and Youth Care Centre. Lakehaven is based in Newlands East and assists up to 60 children, aged between 7 to 19 years, who have been placed in their care due to negligence and abuse.

Market Square Shopping Centre

  • Every eight weeks during the year, the centre hosted the WP Blood Transfusion Service in its blood drive to help collect much-needed contributions from patrons in the local community.
  • Four times per year, the centre’s parking area centre accommodates the Plett Animal Welfare Society for the collection of pet food and blankets, as well as a popular car boot sale to raise funds.
  • The centre donates space to Families South Africa, or FAMSA, on two Saturdays during the year to collect donations. Its focus is a healthy functional family life, and is committed to promoting family well-being.
  • Once a month on a Saturday morning, the centre hosts either a local school or charity of choice, which can then make and sell pancakes to raise funds for their various causes.
  • In December, the centre selected 10 charities to benefit from more than R61 000 worth of funds that were raised at its annual festive season gift-wrapping stations. As always, the centre sponsored the wrapping paper, adhesive tape and ribbon, while the beneficiaries provided the volunteers to do the wrapping.
  • The centre facilitated the biannual NSRI collection drives by hosting the NPO on Easter Saturday and on the Saturday nearest to Christmas. The NSRI’s numerous volunteers collected donations in front of Pick n Pay, Woolworths, and at the major intersections outside the centre.
  • The centre hosted the annual Wittedrift High School’s “Entrepreneurs Day”. The popular event offered learners an opportunity to win centre vouchers by showing off their entrepreneurial potential and putting into practice what they have learned in school during the year.

Southern Centre

  • Every three months during the year, the centre donates exhibition space to the Huis Toe Animal Welfare organisation to facilitate their fund raising efforts.
  • The centre sponsored space within its parking area to the Fichardtpark Neighbourhood Association, which used the space to create awareness around its Community Recycling Day events in September 2017 and June 2018.
  • Be Free Health benefited from exhibition space donated by the centre to promote their Health Expo events in October 2017 and February 2018.

Ben Fleur Boulevard

  • In conjunction with local fitness club G’s Boot Camp, the centre hosted a Fitness Marathon in aid of White Rose Hospice, which is a non-profit organisation focused on caring for terminally ill patients and their families. The successful event raised R8 000 for the hospice, with 300 people taking part in the boot camp.
  • The centre selected the Christian Social Council (“CMR”) a Mpumalanga-based welfare organisation, to benefit from over R22 000 in funds raised at the annual festive season gift-wrapping stations. Once again, the centre’s Checkers sponsored the wrapping paper, adhesive tape and ribbon, with the beneficiaries providing the volunteers to do the wrapping. The centre also hosted a Christmas party for the CMR’s underprivileged children.
  • 39 less fortunate children received sponsored meals from the centre’s Spur, while the local police gave a crime and safety talk, and Legacy Ambulance Services displayed the inside of an ambulance for the children.
  • To promote improved health and fitness within the local community, the centre hosted the annual Spur night race, which took place in March and was enjoyed by over 100 participants. In addition, donations of R2 000 were raised for the “keep a girl child in School” campaign.
  • For Spring Day in September, students raised funds for the NPO, Adults Protecting Children, which strives to build shelters for orphaned children and to protect children from abuse. The centre’s Checkers sponsored cupcakes to help raise funds from patrons and passers-by.
  • The centre donated space to volunteers of the Blaze of Glory Motorcycle Club, which raised a total of R15 000 for charity by selling hotdogs on three month-end Saturdays and on Braai Day in September.
  • The centre hosted its inaugural Festive Night Market in December 2017, with a minimal charge for vendors’ stands, while donating stands to charity organisations, which they could then use to create awareness or sell items to raise funds for their various causes.

RETAIL SOCIAL INITIATIVES

Every year, Emira engages with the communities that live around the Company’s numerous retail shopping centres, through a wide range of social initiatives. These are developed and implemented by the same hands-on people who run the shopping centres on a daily basis, throughout the retail portfolio, across South Africa. Emira does its part to help build a better society, by creating opportunities for people to become involved in worthy causes where they can make a difference to those in need, within their own communities. Listed below are some of the initiatives undertaken during the year under review:

Wonderpark Shopping Centre

  • The Wonderpark Cares calendar comprises monthly events that assist various organisations by adding non-traditional charitable days to each month. The campaign was initiated to enhance the centre’s corporate social responsibility efforts within the local community
  • The centre’s Golden Oldies pensioners club gives back to its older shoppers, by donating a monthly breakfast that includes food, entertainment, workshops and prizes from various of the centre’s tenants, amounting to over R130 000 for the year.
  • For its Fruit Day theme, the centre spent a day at the kids’ play area, and gave children various types of fruit, teaching them about the role of fruit in staying healthy during the winter.
  • For Girl Power Day, the centre sponsored feminine hygiene products to the Community Policing Forum (“CPF”), which hosted a Women’s Day event in the month of August, donating the products to girls in the community and surrounding school to the value of over R4 000.
  • On Dental Hygiene Day, the centre enlisted the help of a dentist and visited the Kiddie’s Corner Day Care Centre.
  • The centre treated pensioners in the community to a movie at Ster-Kinekor, some of whom enjoyed their first cinema experience ever, and the centre sponsored popcorn, beverages, t-shirts and earphones for a total donation of over R9 000.
  • The centre and Pick n Pay celebrated Mandela Day by visiting the Letlhabile Victim Support Centre in Ga-Rankuwa, sponsoring personal hygiene items, food and household goods valued at over R3 500.
  • Santa’s Workshop was launched in November in the centre’s food court, where children from two NPOs were invited to receive a gift and have their photo taken with Santa, in a sponsorship of over R7 800.
  • The local CPF hosted a Christmas lunch at the centre in December to benefit 70 underprivileged children, who were each given hampers with food and personal care products for a total donation of over R10 000.
  • The centre’s annual festive season charity gift wrapping stations were located outside the Pick n Pay, ABSA and Woolworths court, with over R20 000 raised for the Gracia Children’s Home.
  • The centre, its tenants and the community joined Jacaranda FM’s Project Water Drop to collect water for 80 vulnerable schools in the Western Cape that were experiencing severe drought conditions. A total of 1 290 litres to the value of R3 100 was collected and sent for distribution.
  • Wonderpark sponsored branded jerseys for Akasia High School’s first and second rugby team to be worn during matches in the centre’s brand awareness campaign, valued at R7 500.
  • The centre donated exhibition space worth a total of R8 100 to various charity organisations to promote their cause and/or create awareness. Those sponsored included: SAPS Crime Prevention, Sefako Makgatho immunisation catch-up campaign, Charlton Vos Cultural, Foundation for Professional Development HIV Testing, Legae Medi Clinic pregnancy awareness.
  • Free advertising space valued at R4 500 was donated by the centre to create awareness for the Sunflower Fund, a charity organisation that fights blood diseases such as Leukaemia.
  • To make the centre more accessible for members of the surrounding community using taxis and buses, a user-friendly, covered mini taxi rank was built on the premises, complete with clean restrooms.
  • Located behind the centre is the charity vegetable garden whereby the Luvuyo Orphanage in Soshanguve visits the garden on a weekly basis to collect ripe vegetables to help feed the orphaned children in its care.

Epsom Downs Centre, Randridge Mall, Boskruin Village And The Colony

  • On a bimonthly basis, all four centres hosted the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, which provides practical, emotional and educational support to children with cancer and their families. The centres collectively raised more than R250 000 for this worthy cause.
  • Randridge Mall held monthly blood donation drives in conjunction with the South African National Blood Service (“SANBS”) to address the severe national blood shortage, collecting over 465 units of blood.
  • Randridge Mall and Boskruin Village hosted the National Sea Rescue Institute (“NSRI”) twice during the year to collect donations and draw attention to the crucial services provided by the NSRI.
  • To raise cancer awareness and raise much-needed funds, Randridge Mall hosted its 15th annual CANSA Shavathon, collecting over R170 000, to make it the best performing Shavathon in a centre for the third year running.
  • Randridge Mall partnered with radio station HOT91.9FM to support the local community by providing R20 000, and the radio station reciprocated with free publicity for the centre.
  • All four of the centres hosted 4Paws Animal Shelter, a registered NPO that rescues, treats and re-homes sick, abandoned and feral pets. The centres each provided space for 4Paws four times during the year to assist in raising funds for their cause, raising R50 000 collectively.
  • Student representatives from local schools were allocated space at each of the centres to support and help promote the various causes of nearby schools.
  • HOT91.9FM collaborated once again with Randridge Mall and Boskruin Village in a charity drive to collect items for abused and abandoned women from local communities. Bins were placed at the centres for five months and over 5 000 items were collected in the initiative.
  • The Hoppeez blanket drive was started by Randridge Mall during the year, collecting blankets that were donated on Mandela Day to children’s cancer wards across Johannesburg.

Granada Square

  • In conjunction with the Umhlanga Tourism Board, the centre hosted its sixth consecutive UIP and Rotary Carols by Candlelight event in December. Entrance to the event was free and the song sheets were designed, printed and supplied at no charge. To further assist with costs, the centre donated R20 500 to the event, in which the community once again demonstrated its support with donations for those in need during the festive season.
  • The centre held its Beach Clean-up event during March, whereby five projects were undertaken with a R5 000 donation from the centre. The five projects were run by the Umhlanga UIP, and comprised: dune rehabilitation; alien vegetation removal along the Promenade; Umhlanga Lagoon area clean-up; Lagoon nature trail clean-up; and gum cleaning on the Promenade. The funds were primarily used to pay for the workforce, as well as for the equipment required to carry out the work.
  • For a week in May, the centre sponsored space for Breadline Africa, which focuses its efforts on infrastructure projects that benefit early childhood development (providing educational support to children between the ages of one and six years), and literacy in children and youth.

Park Boulevard

  • To celebrate International Literacy Day in September, the centre embarked on a project to build a library at a local school. The centre appealed to the local community and schools to assist with collecting books for a school in dire need of a library. Donated books were brought to the centre and also collected from private residences. The local community was asked to suggest the beneficiary, and in this way, Acacia Primary School was chosen. Within three days of campaigning, over 20 boxes were filled with various books and encyclopaedias for the school.
  • The centre held its Stationery Drive in January to mark the end of the festive season. Five schools in need were selected for donations of stationery sets, which were distributed to learners at the schools.
  • In conjunction with #CleanBlueLagoon, the centre sponsored a beach clean-up initiative with a R5 000 donation, as well as contributions from other sponsors. The funds were given to unemployed people who cleaned the area on the day, with over eight boat loads of waste being collected.

Quagga Shopping Centre

  • The centre hosted a fraud awareness drive with the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (“SABRIC”), a non-profit organisation that focuses on industry efforts to combat bank-related crime. SABRIC distributed pamphlets to educate customers in making their festive banking safe, secure and fraud-free.
  • The centre held an awareness campaign with the South African Police Service (“SAPS”) in Pretoria West, where members joined with those from other SAPS districts, to promote their Victim Empowerment Programme. The aim of programme is for victims of crime to be treated with fairness, respect and without discrimination, regardless of their circumstances.
  • In November, the centre assisted a local child who was attacked by dangerous pet dogs in Atteridgeville while playing in the street. The centre donated a sleeper couch to help with his recovery from surgery.
  • To raise funds for cancer survivors, the centre and a team of volunteers hosted the annual CANSA Shavathon at the Pick n Pay court. The centre donated items to the value of R15 000 to facilitate the event.
  • The centre allocated space for the 100+ Movement as they held their annual winter drive soup kitchen to benefit the needy from the local community in Phomolong, Atteridgeville in Pretoria West. The centre donated items to contribute to the event’s overall success, and clothes were distributed to those less fortunate.
  • Free exhibition space was provided to raise funds for the Leratong Hospice, which is a medical care centre situated in Atteridgeville that provides holistic care for patients in the community, as well as support for their families.
  • On a monthly basis, the centre donates space to the Zamipilo Wellness Clinic and Disease Management. The organisation provides wellness services to the community, including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, HIV and tuberculosis.
  • As part of its “We Go Green” project, the centre’s management staff and suppliers took to the streets of Pretoria West to clean up areas afflicted by the scourge of illegal dumping. Also in attendance were staff members of the SAPS Pretoria West station.

Tramshed Shopping Centre

  • Once again, the centre donated space to the Universal Peace Federation to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS and the prevention of child abuse, with the charity selling brochures, pens and promotional merchandise to raise funds for their cause.

Springfield Retail Centre

  • Springfield Model Primary school was selected by the centre as the recipient of a JoJo water tank valued at over R15 500. The JoJo tank solution is a system that crucially stores water for use in the event of a main line water supply interruption. The centre’s donation included the JoJo tank as well as its installation.
  • The centre donated R10 000 to the local welfare organisation, Lakehaven Child and Youth Care Centre. Lakehaven is based in Newlands East and assists up to 60 children, aged between 7 to 19 years, who have been placed in their care due to negligence and abuse.

Market Square Shopping Centre

  • Every eight weeks during the year, the centre hosted the WP Blood Transfusion Service in its blood drive to help collect much-needed contributions from patrons in the local community.
  • Four times per year, the centre’s parking area centre accommodates the Plett Animal Welfare Society for the collection of pet food and blankets, as well as a popular car boot sale to raise funds.
  • The centre donates space to Families South Africa, or FAMSA, on two Saturdays during the year to collect donations. Its focus is a healthy functional family life, and is committed to promoting family well-being.
  • Once a month on a Saturday morning, the centre hosts either a local school or charity of choice, which can then make and sell pancakes to raise funds for their various causes.
  • In December, the centre selected 10 charities to benefit from more than R61 000 worth of funds that were raised at its annual festive season gift-wrapping stations. As always, the centre sponsored the wrapping paper, adhesive tape and ribbon, while the beneficiaries provided the volunteers to do the wrapping.
  • The centre facilitated the biannual NSRI collection drives by hosting the NPO on Easter Saturday and on the Saturday nearest to Christmas. The NSRI’s numerous volunteers collected donations in front of Pick n Pay, Woolworths, and at the major intersections outside the centre.
  • The centre hosted the annual Wittedrift High School’s “Entrepreneurs Day”. The popular event offered learners an opportunity to win centre vouchers by showing off their entrepreneurial potential and putting into practice what they have learned in school during the year.

Southern Centre

  • Every three months during the year, the centre donates exhibition space to the Huis Toe Animal Welfare organisation to facilitate their fund raising efforts.
  • The centre sponsored space within its parking area to the Fichardtpark Neighbourhood Association, which used the space to create awareness around its Community Recycling Day events in September 2017 and June 2018.
  • Be Free Health benefited from exhibition space donated by the centre to promote their Health Expo events in October 2017 and February 2018.

Ben Fleur Boulevard

  • In conjunction with local fitness club G’s Boot Camp, the centre hosted a Fitness Marathon in aid of White Rose Hospice, which is a non-profit organisation focused on caring for terminally ill patients and their families. The successful event raised R8 000 for the hospice, with 300 people taking part in the boot camp.
  • The centre selected the Christian Social Council (“CMR”) a Mpumalanga-based welfare organisation, to benefit from over R22 000 in funds raised at the annual festive season gift-wrapping stations. Once again, the centre’s Checkers sponsored the wrapping paper, adhesive tape and ribbon, with the beneficiaries providing the volunteers to do the wrapping. The centre also hosted a Christmas party for the CMR’s underprivileged children.
  • 39 less fortunate children received sponsored meals from the centre’s Spur, while the local police gave a crime and safety talk, and Legacy Ambulance Services displayed the inside of an ambulance for the children.
  • To promote improved health and fitness within the local community, the centre hosted the annual Spur night race, which took place in March and was enjoyed by over 100 participants. In addition, donations of R2 000 were raised for the “keep a girl child in School” campaign.
  • For Spring Day in September, students raised funds for the NPO, Adults Protecting Children, which strives to build shelters for orphaned children and to protect children from abuse. The centre’s Checkers sponsored cupcakes to help raise funds from patrons and passers-by.
  • The centre donated space to volunteers of the Blaze of Glory Motorcycle Club, which raised a total of R15 000 for charity by selling hotdogs on three month-end Saturdays and on Braai Day in September.
  • The centre hosted its inaugural Festive Night Market in December 2017, with a minimal charge for vendors’ stands, while donating stands to charity organisations, which they could then use to create awareness or sell items to raise funds for their various causes.