The 18th of July commonly known as Mandela Day asks us all to “Take Action; Inspire Change; and ultimately Make Every Day a Mandela Day. Coca- Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA)is committed to making a positive difference in communities we operate through our corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives, where we also encourage employees to take part in the process of uplifting these chosen beneficiaries.
In honor of Mandela’s spirit, over two hundred Bloemfontein employees on the 9th and 10th of July participated in a corporate social investment (CSI) day to give Tswellang a face lift and improve the school’s infrastructure. The team took part in various activities such as the painting of the interior of eight classrooms in their Grade R block, painting the interior of the boys hostels, constructing vegetable tunnels and painting the kids play area. Employees assembled wooden benches and shelves for the library, donated bedding for 100 children who stay at the school’s boarding facilities, installing five washing lines, painting murals and revamping the library. In addition t school board games, toys, curtains were also given to the school.
To also assist in improving the schools infrastructure CCBSA engaged the services of a professional contractor to do the more specialised jobs of fixing the plumbing , re-flooring the school hall and replacement of doors. CCBSA Supply Chain Manager, Andre Breytenbach encouraged the employees to continue to live in the spirit of giving back to our communities. Various stakeholders from the Department of Education, local Municipality and SAPS also rolled up their sleeves to assist in the day’s activities.
Each of us can make a small difference where we can roll up our sleeves and play an active role in building our communities. This is an opportunity for each of us to share Nelson Mandela’s vision of a better future for all.