We are pleased to report a number of activities and projects that the Chairperson’s Fund participated in this past year, most notably:
- Adult Basic Education & Training (ABET)
- Enterprise Development Programmes
- Biblionef – donating storybooks to primary schools to help children improve their literacy levels
The Chairperson’s Fund has been involved in a number of educational and literacy initiatives in partnership with libraries across the country.
Annually we also select a number of regional library projects throughout the country, we invite librarians to send through their proposals for community-based projects run within the community libraries. This year, we extended the regional projects funding to include projects that endeavour to improve library infrastructure through the supply of ICT equipment or services to community libraries in South Africa.
Every year Sabinet receives many entries of a very high calibre, and this year the Sabinet Chairperson's Fund awarded funding to the following projects:
- City of Cape Town Library, based in the Western Cape plans to use the funds for their Information Literacy Programme which aims to equip Grade 6 learners with lifelong information skills through the use of comic books.
- Lintle Community Library, based in Gauteng will continue to support the activities of their Sunshine Team Project.
- Ocean View Library, based in the Western Cape will purchase educational toys for the children visiting the library, which will aid in the development of various skills such as motor and concentration skills before they have to start preschool.
- Takalani Children’s Home, based in Nzhelele in Limpopo plans to further develop its library so as to provide a strong literacy foundation for the children in the community and improve their academic performance.
- The Embassy, based in Durban will utilise their funds to provide an educational, recreational and learning “homework” centre for the youth and children of Bonela.
- Thulamela Public Library, based in Limpopo will improve the quality of the lives of blind or visually impaired people through enhanced access to library and information services.
The Chairperson’s Fund also actively encourages staff participation such as volunteer work and financial contributions through Itumeleng - a staff fund that assists small charitable organisations to reduce the economic pressures they currently face.