At Tracker our slogan of “To Care is to Protect” is embedded in our culture and spirit and it guides the way we do things and the decisions we make. On Monday 18th July Tracker staff from Johannesburg and Pretoria turned that slogan into action by giving more than 67 minutes of their time to a project that’s close to our hearts – Nanga Vhutshilo. Based in Soweto, the centre currently provides high quality youth and early childhood education programs and also supports children in one of Soweto’s most vulnerable communities. They support over 350 beneficiaries which include 55 pre-school learners and over 200 youths and adults.
“We began our journey with Nanga Vhutshilo back in 2008 and since then our relationship has flourished. We embraced the opportunity to commemorate Mandela Day by doing our bit and giving our time to support them,” said Tracker’s CSI Manager, Nolwandle Ntshiza. Ntshiza went on to say, “Children always held a special place in Madiba’s heart and to continue his legacy we decided to focus our efforts on an organisation which provides care and education for children.”
This year the staff got stuck into a few projects upon arrival. Staff painted jungle gyms and playground equipment, planted veggies and herbs in the food garden and also helped to cook and hand out soup, bread and fruit to those invited to have a nutritious meal at the centre. Tracker’s focus on care includes developing the youth and bridging the digital divide, and so we also took along some items that have been on the centre’s wishlist which included: 4 laptops, an external hardrive, Early Childhood Development computer software, a projector and screen, floor tiles and wall paint. This will assist the centre in its quest to focus on early childhood development. To complement this effort, Tracker staff were also on hand to give some career guidance and speak to the older children about careers in Technology, Marketing, Sales and Human Resources.
We had an awesome time at Nanga Vutshilo and look forward to heading back soon to tackle the next project!