A new floor for Sinotando

The Hillschool has done  a substantial renovation to the Sinotando informal creche. Tozama the principal is one of the most loving care givers in Masiphumalele and richly deserves the wonderful support she has received from the Hill School volunteers who installed windows, ceilings and upgraded the electrics and generally made it into a warmer happier place for the children. Pictured here is Tozama inspecting her new concrete floor. This winter was surely more comfortable for all.

Tozamo inspects her new additions

Masicorp, Breadline Africa and ERM distribute food to the poor in Masiphumelele

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At the end of August, in the pouring rain, a group of Masi Corp volunteers in collaboration with Breadline Africa and ERM distributed 30 food parcels to some of the poorest families within Masiphumelele. The donation for the food parcels had come from ERM, the Environmental Resources Management, one of the world’s largest sustainability consultancies, based in Westlake. Each food parcel contained enough food to help a family of 4 eat well for at least 2 weeks, if not more and contained fruit, vegetables, dry goods such as maize and samp, as well as tinned produce and some freshly baked goods. Dr Sophie Billington, our ECD doctor, advised on the content of the food parcels to ensure it was as nutritional as possible, e.g. tinned sardines for high Omega 3 content, and dried fruit for added iron. The food parcels were distributed by a group of Masi Corp volunteers and supporters as well as by Breadline Africa and ERM to 3 crèches in Masiphumelele where we know there are families living in very poor conditions. The pouring rain was a stark reminder for all as to how difficult life can be for so many in the township.

Bursary Student Braai

Author Marjan Ritchie
The annual Student Braai was held on the 25th of August at Fisherman’s Restaurant in Kommetjie.
Surely being the end of August we would be able to sit and braai outside? Well, no the wet cold and windy weather forced the entire party indoors. Thank goodness the dining area was warm and cosy and there was a table long enough to accommodate all 20 of us, this must be the longest table in the peninsula.
We had a good turnout and it was wonderful to watch the students socialize and get to know each other again. Our new intake happily mingled and the banter was soon flying around.
Tom Burton visiting from Durham University compared notes and swapped stories from across the globe.
Seni announced that he had got married which caused much cheering and cries from the girls ” Oh no Seni what about me?”.
Ziyanda was congratulated on graduating with a BSc in Biotechnology, well done Ziyanda and good luck for the future. The students got up one by one and told everyone what and where they were studying.  
Joseph, the braaimaster, had suggested the day before that we should have roast vegetables rather than salad because of the cold weather and anyway who’s ever heard of students eating salad? So roast potatoes and vegetables it was and of course meat, lots of it.
When the sun came out we all went outside and there was much hilarity and cameras snapping when the Kommetjie baboons came to visit.
Present at the braai were:  Jill Stirrup, Elize Taylor, Marjan Ritchie, Tom Burton and then of course the students : Seni, Ziyanda, Athi, Thulisa ,Khaya, Mihlali, Yandiswa, Simphiwe, Sibulele, Khusta, Nomaphelo, Zizipho, Nosipiwo, Ntombizanele.   Lungelwa is doing an internship in the Eastern Cape, Babalwa had a test on that Saturday morning and Loyiso is working at a Travel Agency in Cape Town.

Masicorp Student Team 2012

That long table

Jill announcing Seni’s new marital status.