Informal Crèches hit by Winter Weather

The stormy Cape winter weather has been unrelenting and hardest hit have been the residents of the “wetlands”.  The informal creches were flooded and had to be temporarily closed.  Seedlings had a large donation of used carpet tiles from Wilson Bailey Holmes who have been doing a renovation in the city. Pictured here is the indomitable Seedlings team delivering these carpet tiles to bring a little warmth and comfort to the little children. Thank you Tim and Shane for your help and donation. More than a thousand tiles have been distributed to 10 creches.

No golf for Colin today!

Sophie as usual in the thick of things!

John Bercow, Speaker of the House, visits Masi

By Al Ritchie

The Right Honourable John Bercow, Speaker of the UK House of Commons, had a guided tour of Masiphumelele last Thursday (August 16th) hosted by Masicorp.

He was introduced to all our projects, which began with a visit at Ukhanyo school where he was introduced to Fran Loudon who described both the Science and English lab programmes at the school. He was very engaging and enjoyed interacting with our budding young scientists, who were amazingly confident in all their replies. Not surprisingly he remarked after we left how impressed he was at this initiative and Fran’s boundless enthusiasm.

On to a busy, bustling Library next where John met and chatted with Sue Alexander (see picture below), who is now becoming quite used to high profile English visitors. He visited the recently refurbished Computer laboratory to join in an Internet lesson and was quite taken with energy of the whole centre.

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Next on the itinerary was a walk though the informal part of Masiphumelele known as the Wetlands, looking absolutely shattered and wet from the previous nights storm. Unfortunately we were not able to visit a shack as planned because people were far too busy repairing damage but our visitors certainly got a sense of how difficult life in a township can be.

After an introduction to the Seedlings project we visited Tozama at the Sinothando informal crèche, a partially refurbished shack which will sadly never get registration. Most of the children had been collected but the four toddlers still there gave a fine rendition of the South African National Anthem. Tozama is amazing!

By now it was getting late and our guests had to hurry to the airport to catch their flight back to London.

Our thanks to John Bercow and his colleagues who showed genuine interest in our work and were indeed humbled by the experience.

New tables and pigeon holes for Seedlings Creches

Robertson and Caine are a yacht building business in Cape Town. They are using the marine ply offcuts to manufacture pigeon holes and tables for the creches of Masiphumelele. This is an ongoing process managed by Thabit Jassiem, who is in charge of their wood working section. They delivered 30 banks of pigeon holes and 30 tables last week much to the delight of the creche principals.

Robertson and Caine – website

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Ukhanyo Rugby Results 30/Jul/12

From: Darren Clarke – goodsport.org.za
Sent: 31 July 2012 09:17
Subject: Ukhanyo rugby

It is with great pride and pleasure that I would like to relay the results of Saturdays fixtures to you. This Saturday saw your students take on Bishops C teams at the Noordhoek sports fields. It must be pointed out that Bishops are a very strong, all boys rugby school who field at least 5 teams per age group each week. The Ukhanyo boys had no local support other than Goodsport coaches and were faced with a large travelling Bishops contingent. Despite this they played and tackled their hearts out and won the travelling crowd over with their enthusiasm and commitment. The final results saw the under9’s draw the under 11’s win by and amazing 27-0 and the under 13’s lose narrowly.

It would be wonderful if you could recognise what is a considerable achievement during assembly this week by calling the captains up. I know this simple act will inspire even better performances and increased participation in the future. It is also worth mentioning that both the coaches Ostrich and India are giving their time for free.