Dairy giant backs Buffalo City 'Mamas' in education efforts

27 November 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917276

Social Development

FOOD and beverage group, Clover’s corporate sustainability initiative, Clover Mama Afrika travelled through the Eastern Cape recently to visit their Buffalo City “Mamas” and show them continued support, while checking in to see how their centres are doing and how they have improved over the past year.

The initiative aims to empower women in communities across the nation with various vital skills such as cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, business management, and food gardening. Over and above the training sessions, these Mamas are all supplied with the necessary tools, equipment and infrastructure to create an income for themselves in order for them to give back to their communities.

To ensure that the Mamas’ centres are sustainable and that they are working to keep their centres of the highest standards and to reach their set out objectives, the Clover Mama Afrika team does regular evaluations through surprise on-site visits and request receipt of regular reports.

Mama Glenrose Mashiqa of Mdantsane, runs New Era Crèche where she looks after more than 130 children, and Mama Nondumiso Mpitimpiti of Amalinda Forest, runs Step Ahead Early Childhood Development Centre where she cares for no fewer than 104 pre-school children as well as coordinates a further 210 preschools in the Eastern Cape region. She also provides care for five foster homes with 24 orphans.

Both Mamas received a visit from Prof Elain Vlok, Corporate Services Manager at Clover and her team to see how they were doing and how their community has been benefiting from their skills.

“Mama Glenrose remains an excellent teacher. Some of the children in her care are wiser than many adults and seeing Mama Nondumiso in her crisp clean bakery was a pleasure. By the time I arrived, her bakers had already baked and sold their fresh breads,” said Vlok.

“It is wonderful to see them working so hard and staying so committed to upskilling those around them as much as they can.”

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