Nokuphiwa Sikhakhane

Learning and Development Officer, Human Resources Division, SASA

The sugar industry has sweet and caring people!

As a way of giving back to the community, the South African Sugar Association (SASA) availed some of its staff for a day to paint the walls of the Thokozani Educare Centre (in Greyville) which offers day-care services for local pre-school children under the age of six. 

Not deterred by the scorching sun, 14 SASA employees sweat it out as they scrubbed and sandpapered the walls before repainting them. The repainted walls brought smiles to the children and staff at the centre – the new look brought the place back to life while creating an exciting environment conducive for learning and teaching!

The annual Ubuntu Community Chest Day of Caring took place on 29 March. Ubuntu Community Chest is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) focusing on the areas of welfare and development. The NGO promotes the spirit of volunteerism to help the less fortunate. “The Day of Caring is a one-day volunteer programme which creates an opportunity for the community to do projects such as painting at the societies we support. 

The (SASA) team worked with enthusiasm and speed to reach a common goal of giving this organisation (centre) a fresher look. It was (also) heart-warming to see the interest that the volunteers displayed in learning about the organisation,” said Ubuntu Community Chest’s Gordon McDonald.

Child Welfare Durban and District also expressed gratitude to SASA employees for their spirit of Ubuntu and volunteerism. “On behalf of Child Welfare Durban and District’s Board of Governors, management, staff and more importantly the children of Thokozani Educare Centre, thank you for helping us with our mission ‘Giving Childhood Back to Children’”, said Anisha Ramlaul, the organisation’s interim executive director.