To help rebuild South Africa, Capitec visited Tumelo Home and Hospice Centre and Bula Mahlo Home and Day Care, in collaboration with philanthropist BI Phakathi and musician K.O. Both NGOs are based in Johannesburg and were affected by the recent lootings. This forms part of Capitec’s #MakeADifference CSI initiative, which aims to help South Africans live better.
Bula Mahlo cares for abandoned and abused children, with 50 little ones living at the premises, and an additional 20 children who visit daily for support. Tumelo cares for disabled children, 70% of whom are either orphaned, abandoned, abused or from a poor background. Both NGOs were impacted by the recent devastation. Capitec visited the homes to provide much-needed financial donations, food parcels, clothing and blankets, and fun party packs for the kids.
Capitec’s internal Hooked on Helping crew also spent some time teaching the caretakers at both NGOs to crotchet. Neptal Khoza, Head of Corporate Social Investment at Capitec Bank, says, “It was a special experience to visit the children and caretakers and bring some joy after a difficult period. This is the second of our six good deeds, and it’s been a very humbling and hopeful experience to offer our support to South Africans who make a difference every day.
“The #MakeADifference initiative is an expression of our mission to positively impact the communities we serve. For the last 20 years, we’ve been dedicated to helping South Africans live better. This is one of the ways we’re doing that.”
Mrs Sekgobela, Founder of Bula Mahlo adds, “We are extremely thankful and appreciative to Capitec for their support. We were not able celebrate Mandela Day due to the recent lootings, but today we could celebrate, and we are overjoyed by the generous donations made by Capitec and the team’.
Khoza says that the bank for all South Africans hopes to use the initiative to drive a movement of ‘good deeds’. “We know that South Africans are reaching out and helping one another in big and small ways, all the time. In times of great adversity, South Africans shine.
“Recently, we have seen the most inspiring moments of goodwill. We want to encourage people to share these on social media. Join the movement by sharing your good deed or alerting us to an opportunity to pay it forward. Let’s light up the country with stories of hope. Please remember to tag us and use the hashtag #MakeADifference when you do.”
For more information, visit CapitecBank.co.za.
Photo credits: Themba Mmotong