KDA Travel and Tours (PTY) LTD
Development Projects in and Around Soweto
KDA Travel & Tours Philosophy on Development
KDA as a responsible tour company is committed to investing in development projects in its area of operation. A particular focus is on Soweto where KDA's focused business- www.soweto.co.za is a leading tour company in the area focusing on both local and international tourists as well as South African companies wishing to expose their staff to the dynamics, history and culture of Soweto and its people.
Arising from the exposure we have to the dynamics of Soweto and a desire to put something back into the community within which we operate on a commercial basis the company has decided to develop a community development programme or Corporate Social Investment philosophy but with a difference.
KDA has developed the philosophy of "Development Tourism" whereby it exposes tourists to the cultural and developmental aspects of the area, whilst at the same time contributing directly and indirectly to the upliftment of people in need. As part of the process, tourists, both local and international, as well as private and corporate, are given the opportunity to participate and contribute financially, in kind and in time to the various projects. A portion of company profits (including a direct percentage of tour profits) is invested directly by the company in the projects. Other donors are encouraged to contribute where they have an interest. In this regards a new special section 21,not-for-profit company has been formed. (Details below)
The following areas of development are concentrated on:
Early childhood development, Youth leadership, Sports, Arts and Culture and Environmental issues.
Early Childhood Care Programme
KDA and the Bridge School initiated the establishment of crèche's in informal settlements in 2004 in Soweto. Subsequently with support from Nick and Lynne Hudson and RMB a section 21 not-for-profit company was established in 2007 to formalize the management of financial support from donors - Soweto Youth and Development Projects (SYDP).
One of the prime foci of SYDP is providing preschool care and school preparation for children of poor families who normally could not afford to send their children to one of the many private crèche facilities run on a commercial basis. (The fees (normally from R180pm) at these schools are not affordable on a child care allowance of R200.)
Most of the parents of children attending our schools are unemployed.
The teachers are being empowered to take ownership of the management aspects but with support through SYDP. Two crèche's are currently being supported:
Siyakhuliswa Educare and Preschool.
(meaning: "we are getting a hand up") Located in Lehae.
This facility was initially established in the Mshenguville squatter camp in Soweto and was relocated to Lehae, to the south of Soweto near Lenasia, in the beginning of 2007 as the residents of Mshenguville were being relocated to the new "RDP" development in terms of the governments housing initiative to do away with informal housing.
The crèche is presently located on the housing site of the manager/teacher Ms. Lilian Nxumalo. Application has been made to the council for the lease of a permanent crèche site Erf; 799 Lehae which is well located in the area. It is understood that the site has been allocated but the legal formalities are still under negotiation with the Johannesburg Property Company. It is hoped that the crèche can relocate to the official site during 2009.
Lilian has been trained by Asha at level one and she is assisted by an assistant teacher as well as a cook/cleaner. Additional training is planned for 2009 as soon as a suitable course is scheduled by Asha or another training institution.
Some 37 children aged from 2 to 6 attend the school. The crèche is located in an "Edutainer" a converted shipping container. The facility is well appointed but cramped. Flush toilets, an office/sickroom and storeroom have recently been added.
As soon as the crèche site has been formally allocated, the new facilities will have to be planned and developed in terms of council requirements. It is hoped that the increased space available will enable expanded and permanent facilities to be developed so as to increase enrollment numbers. Substantial funding will be required for the new developments in due course.
Ekukhanyeni Crèche (meaning "the bright"):
Located in the Diepkloof Hostel complex Soweto.
The crèche started in the beginning of 2006 in one of the old single quarter rooms in the old migrant worker hostel, a notorious legacy of Apartheid. The conditions are very poor in the hostel complex which is no longer run as a hostel which is presently a squat, but the council has started on an upgrade programme for the entire complex and new houses for families and singles are currently being built. Application has been made to the council to allocate a permanent site in the redeveloped area.
The teachers here are Sylvia Mafa who also underwent the level one Asha training, Elina Mazibuko and Queeneth Majola together with a cleaning and cooking assistant.
Currently there are 66 children enrolled all coming from the hostel, and the fees are kept very low, R30pm, because of the poverty prevalent in the hostel. We are working hard to ensure that the crèche complies with municipal requirements and it is registered with the department of health.
An "edutainer" (a converted shipping container 2.2X12m) and two wooden "wendy" houses (3x5 and 3x6) provide the classroom facilities. Three prefab buildings have been installed to provide facilities for a kitchen and two toilet blocks.
Playground equipment is provided. There is limited playing space in the fenced off grounds, and rubber matting covers the playing area making for a clean environment.
Ongoing Need for Funding of the Two Crèche
There is presently a critical need for financial support to continue to meet the monthly needs of the two crèche's to the extent of approximately R10.000 pm.
Parent fees are insufficient to cover the food and other running expenses (including the stipends for the 7 staff employed at the two crèche's) and the funding of the shortfall comes from donations.
Other initiatives supported include youth and educational programme's in Kliptown and Lehae. In particular the Kliptown Youth Program is supported in a number of ways. A group of dynamic young people from this extremely disadvantaged area are engaged in developing the youth of the area in the fields of Arts and Culture, Sports, Literacy and school enhancement, tertiary support and bursaries and a feeding program. Some 350 young people of the area are actively involved in the programs.
Sport sponsorship is and important area of development esp. soccer and netball. Clubs are supported in Kliptown and Lehae.
In partnership with Altus sports an exciting initiative has been introduced in Kliptown, Lehae and Diepkloof called "Life's a Ball". This is a morality and character building program using sport. Some 25 young people have been trained in leadership and various sporting codes including soccer, netball, cricket, volleyball and athletics. These "sports officers" are then deployed in schools and community centers working with young people mainly school children doing coaching and development.
Wild life and environmental projects in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa. In this initiative food gardens have been established in Kliptown and Lehae, tree planting and greening initiatives are underway in the above areas and Diepkloof and animal awareness and environmental programs are ongoing involving mammal courses and excursions to the Zoo and game reserves like Suikerbosrand and Pilanesberg.
Musically talented youth are also supported and a band called Duduzile and the Young talent is being supported.
A portion of tour fees goes into development projects but clients and others are encouraged to support these worthwhile initiatives on a once off or on going basis.
To this end a dedicated banking account handles all donations through the Section 21 Company:
Soweto Youth and Development Projects
Bankers: FNB, 4 Merchant Place
A/C No. 62156534200
This company has a representative board (29% of directors are black) and as all financial and other support is targeted at disadvantaged communities in and around Soweto BEE broad based criteria are met thus enabling companies supporting the company projects to apply for rating.
Compiled by Denis Creighton, August 2009.
Director KDA Travel and Tours (Pty) Ltd and Chair.
Soweto Youth and Development Projects (incorporated in terms of section 21) www.soweto.co.za;www.sowetoyouth.org.za.
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