We now see the first Gauteng group reach the third and final phase of the SAWIP program, The group community engagement. This year SAWIP has partnered up with Enactus, a University of Pretoria based organisation that works to develop the economic potential of individuals that they have identified.
The UP team decided to assist with the social needs of one of their projects called, Siyanqoba. Siyanqoba is a feeding scheme established and run by Mama Lizzy Magama since 2009, in Olivenhoutbosch. Mama Lizzy runs a bakery and sells vetkoek, muffins and bread from her home. With the profit she makes she buys food to feed up to 250 children daily. The meal that she provides is often the final meal that most of the children receive as many live in undesirable conditions. Mama Lizzy also provides a safe space for the children to play on weekends, keeping them away from the dangers that threaten them every day including drugs and domestic violence.
The Gauteng-based SAWIP group has decided to assist Mama Lizzy on the weekends by providing physical activities that the children can engage with. Thus far we have had soccer and netball matches, often dividing the children by their extensions, as well as music based games that allow the children to interact across genders and extensions. We have also provided Mama Lizzy with some porridge, maize meal and tinned food to assist in reducing the expenses that she will have over the next two months. Going forward the team is looking to have an educational drive with the children, their parents and the surrounding community on the importance of keeping the playing areas clean. We will be having a clean-up drive of the area that the children use for their play as well as a full day campaign educating them on how to keep the area clean and why they need to commit to this.