24 July 2015 SATVI marks Mandela Day

24 Jul 2015 - 10:15

On Friday 17 July 2015 the SATVI team kicked off the organisation’s Mandela Day Program with soup distribution in Roodewal and Avian Park, which are impoverished communities in Worcester.

Soup Distribution: Roodewal and Avian Park- Friday 17 July 2015

Soup distribution in Roodewal, a impoverished area in Worcester.

Establishment of Victim Support Centre at Maria Pieterse Clinic, Worcester

This was followed on Monday 20 July by the handing over of equipment, for the establishment of a Victim Support Centre at the Maria Pieterse Clinic. This is a newly established support centre for victims of violence which is run by the Worcester Police in conjunction with volunteers from the local community.

Handover of Equipment SAPS Victim Support Centre at Maria Pieterse, Monday 20 July 2015

In preparation for Mandela Day, the Social Responsibility Working Group has been hard at work identifying needy organisations within the Worcester community and raising resources from within the university amongst staff. To date the organisation has raised an estimated seven boxes of children’s toys, clothing and other goods for distribution to organisations in need.

Sister Rachel Oelofse, SATVI Study Coordinator donated a queen size blanket which she painstakingly had been knitting the past year, which will be raffled and the proceeds donated to needy organisations in the Worcester area.

SATVI Social Responsibility Working Group with the blanket which was knitted by Sister Rachel Oelofse.

Cornerstone Therapeutic Community Centre- Drug Rehabilitation Centre

On Thursday 23 July 2015 the organisation handed over equipment to the Cornerstone Therapeutic  Community Centre, a community-based drug rehabilitation centre in Worcester.

CTC Director Joe Van der Bergh showing the SATVI team around its premises.


Soup Kitchen Roodewal Flats

SATVI team with the organisers of the soup kitchen Mrs Marinus.

Reading Program Zwelethemba Book Club

Zwelethemba Book Club Friday 17 July 2015.

Brave Heart Care centre, De Doorns

Brave Heart Centre for Abused Children, Wednesday 29 July 2015.

As part of the Official Mandela Day activities, on Wednesday 29 July 2015 the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative team visited the Brave Heart Children's Home in De Doorns where they handed over equipment and material. This organisation is a temporary sanctuary for abused children. They also handed over a personal donation of toys, books and other goods which the staff of SATVI had collected for the duration of Mandela Month from their homes.

Personal donations of toys and books collected from SATVI staff

Donations of books, toys and clothing collected in donation boxes, July 2015.

As part of the Official Mandela Day, staff of the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative, (which is part of the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences) have supported the drive for personal contributions to needy organisations in the Worcester area resulting in seven boxes of toys, books and clothing being collected.