Sustainable Education and Skills (SEAS) Trust, Hamburg
The Sustainable Education and Skills (SEAS) Trust aims to equip people in coastal communities to become less dependent on depleted marine resources and acquire skills to sustain themselves.
PetroSA committed to providing SEAS Trust with funding of R400 620 over one year to develop educational materials for teachers and learners that align with the national curriculum and are also relevant to the Hamburg community in the Eastern Cape.
This programme incorporates the research findings and skill requirements of students at Rhodes University, University of Fort Hare and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Reneilwe Primary School, Galeshewe
PetroSA has funded the construction of a multi-sports court that caters for tennis, netball, volleyball and basketball players at Reneilwe Primary School. In addition, we funded the renovation of the girls’ and boys’ ablution facilities; and a computer room with 28 computers, an interactive whiteboard and a server room.
Boitshoko Primary School, Galeshewe
PetroSA has committed to building a school hall at Boitshoko Primary School in Galeshewe, Kimberley. The objective is to boost infrastructure programmes in historically disadvantaged areas.
Siyazingisa Primary School, Gugulethu
PetroSA has committed to constructing a sick bay and supply the e-learning equipment at Siyazingisa Primary School in Gugulethu.
The initiative comes as the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED) embarks on a programme dedicated to delivering e-learning through a classroom technology platform that comprises a learning management system and a curriculum website.
Primary schools’ numeracy programme, Bushbuckridge
Implemented by the non-profit making educational organisation Maths Centre, the primary schools’ numeracy programme involves 10 primary schools in Bushbuckridge, Thulamahashe Bohlabela District, Mpumalanga.
The initiative aims to improve numeracy levels among teachers and learners alike. Its objectives align with the Department of Basic Education’s strategy to ensure that 60% of learners in Grades 3, 6 and 9 perform at an acceptable level in languages and mathematics by 2014.
Making A Difference Campaign (MADC), East London
PetroSA is providing the Making a Difference Campaign (MADC) with R1 million to reduce infant mortality and long-term complications while improving staff conditions by expanding, updating and equipping facilities for operative and post-operative paediatric care at the Frere Hospital in the Eastern Cape.
Aimed at benefiting patients and their families, this project will also benefit medical staff by giving them the opportunity to work in modern facilities while being trained on up-to-date equipment.
ChoiCe Comprehensive Healthcare Trust, Tzaneen
PetroSA is committed to funding ChoiCe Trust with R691 785 over two years to engage and collaborate with vulnerable communities and key stakeholders. The aim is to identify people’s wellbeing needs while facilitating health action for change.
The initiative specifically concentrates on the health education and empowerment of community members through a community dialogues programme. Incorporating an HIV/AIDS and TB project, this programme addresses community healthcare, teenage pregnancy and nutritional concerns in 10 rural villages in Greater Tzaneen, as follows: Zangoma, Khopo, Rita, Burgersdorp, Myakayaka, Sedan, Mulati, Bonn, Gavaza and Hoveni.
The funding is utilised for community diagnosis, a process that involves identifying a diagnosis tool that will collect quantitative and qualitative data to build up a comprehensive overview of current circumstances in each village.
ChoiCe successfully developed a tool to accurately capture and report imperative findings during the community dialogues. At the end of 2013, PetroSA will evaluate the programme by determining whether there has been any improvement in the communities’ knowledge and understanding of health issues.
Heart-to-Heart Care Centre, Mossel Bay
Situated in Mossel Bay, Heart-to-Heart responds to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in the community by providing a holistic service at homes and surrounding schools. The aim is to improve the youngsters’ health and living conditions while enabling families to become self-sustaining.
Cape Mental Health, Observatory
This programme aims to provide skills development, job creation and poverty alleviation for young adults with intellectual disabilities. It supports four training workshops linked to the retail sector, where trainees craft items such as ottomans, trays,etc.
The programme also aims to provide support and training for the trainees’ parents and care givers. At the same time, it provides training and opportunities for the trainees to contribute towards managing and running the workshops through trainee committees at all four training sites.
PetroSA’s support for Thanda Project in Mthwalume, KwaZulu-Natal, is a direct response to the national crisis in support for orphans and vulnerable children. Thanda addresses this issue by providing a stable support system for 325 orphans and vulnerable children through daily after-school programmes. Every child in Thanda receives a meal after school. They also receive counselling, life skills, homework help and engaging educational lessons that supplement their traditional schooling.
In particular, the Thanda High School Agriculture programme teaches 30 youth how to start and maintain household vegetable gardens. Overall, these children are part of a stable support system that offers guidance, mentoring and skills development.
Environment and Sustainable Development
Wildlife and Environmental South Africa (WESSA) – Eco Schools Programme
PetroSA partnered with Wessa and funding the national Eco-Schools Programme with R1 512 000 per annum for three years.
Eco-Schools operate in over 51 countries worldwide through a programme co-ordinated under the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and managed locally by Wildlife and Environmental South Africa (WESSA).
This programme involves improving environmental management at schools by establishing an Eco-Schools Committee comprising teachers, learners, their parents, partner organisations and community members. The aim is to undertake a project to improve some aspect of environmental management at the schools.
Projects involve food gardens, healthy living, saving electricity, water recycling and conservation, community and heritage. In turn, teachers use these projects to strengthen and improve the quality of their lessons where possible.
At the end of every year, each participating school submits a portfolio of evidence, which is then evaluated for evidence of learning and positive environmental change. Depending on the school’s performance, it is either awarded a bronze, silver, gold, green or international Eco-Schools flag according to how long it has participated in the scheme and its contribution towards environmental change. To date, over 684 out of the 1 126 schools on the programme have been awarded flags.
In 2012 year the Eco-Schools Programme celebrated its Diamond Decade with 1 120 schools participating in all nine South African provinces. The type of schools involved range from combined, eco-centre, high, home school, special needs and pre-primary schools – among others.
Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) – Trees For Homes Greening of KwaZulu-Natal
PetroSA has committed to funding the Trees For Homes Greening of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) with R564 300 over a year.
Approximately 5 500 trees were planted in low-cost housing areas of Waterloo, Philani Valley and Hammarsdale. The aim: to raise climate change awareness while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2 030 tons over 15 years.
This initiative involved young people from the local community acting as community educators (CEs). Their role is to assist with planting and maintaining trees while providing other people in the community with information about the benefits of trees, climate change, and clean and green low-income suburbs. The CEs receive payment for their time at a rate of R16 per tree.
The distribution of the trees has been very well received by all three communities. Community members were taken through the eight key steps on how to plant a tree as well as receiving advice on tree care and maintenance. In addition, they were given guidance on preparing liquid manure and formulating an organic spray to eradicate pests.
The scheme will improve the aesthetics of these new suburbs and could potentially contribute to economic development and job creation at local level through links with emerging nursery businesses in the area.