Social Development

AEEI/Health Systems Technologies Annual Golf Day

Since it was launched in 2004, this event has raised more than R1.5 million for public sector hospitals and clinics. Public sector hospitals and clinics in the Western Cape including Groote Schuur (paediatric ward), GF Jooste, Brooklyn Chest Hospital, Mowbray Maternity, Somerset Hospital, Victoria Hospital, DP Marais SANTA Hospital, Westfleur Hospital, Helderberg Hospital, Prince Albert Hospital, Clanwilliam Hospital, Caledon Hospital, Lentegeur Hospital, Khayelitsha Hospital and Paarl Hospital have all been recipients of the generous proceeds raised at this golf day, which is now a firmly established annual event.

Victoria Hospital used their funds to build and sustain a palliative care unit. Palliative care concentrates on the improvement of quality of life for those unfortunate people with debilitating or terminal illnesses. With more pressing priorities in the public healthcare system, patients are typically left with little or no palliative care.

The DP Marais SANTA Hospital, one of the few facilities that caters for TB patients in the Western Cape, has also been a beneficiary. Caledon Hospital utilised its funds to extend the capacity of one of its units.

Lentegeur Hospital is one of three major psychiatric hospitals in the Western Cape, serving as a referral centre for one-third of the province’s population. It also serves as a teaching hospital. The Lentegeur Spring Project aims to re-establish the hospital as a “green” hospital and more importantly as a symbol of hope and regeneration. Its main aim is to transform the way the hospital and mental illness are seen by the communities it serves, and also provide a stimulus for the regeneration of these communities with the restoration of hope and identity through a sense of attachment to land, community and the environment. The project was adopted as a flagship of the Provincial Health Department of the Western Cape and of the Premier’s 110% Green Campaign.

The proceeds of this year’s golf day went to Knysna Hospital. The proceeds will be used to build a wheelchair ramp as part of its expansion plans.

Women in Praise

The SDF supports the Kraaifontein Centre for Abused Women and Children through the women’s month calendar, where a concert was scheduled with a major artist as well as up-and-coming and semi-established artists. All proceeds from the concert went to the centre.

Things on Wheels

Things on Wheels supports schools in the communities in the Western Cape. Their mobile feeding scheme provides children in impoverished areas with access to a meal or sandwich daily. The SDF continues to assist with funding for this project.

The Amy Foundation

AEEI provided financial support to The Amy Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation that offers programmes to develop and empower youth living in the challenged and vulnerable communities of the Western Cape. The programmes place a focus on the creative side of the child’s brain and supplement the shortcomings of the educational system in the townships of South Africa.

Reaching more than 2 000 youth every day, the programmes are having a very positive effect on the youth as well as the communities in which they live. They provide educational and cultural activities that offer students healthy alternatives to all the negative influences within their society by unlocking their creative talents thus creating future emotionally well-rounded individuals,
leaders and entrepreneurs for South Africa.

The foundation currently operates five after-school care centres including Nyanga, Gugulethu, Mannenberg and Crossroads, each hosting more than 300 students per day.

Mandela Day – 67 Minutes – Mandela Month

This year, to coincide with Mandela month, AEEI decided to add further value to one of its community initiatives and looked at how we could make a social impact and leave a legacy with one of our projects. ECD plays an important role in instilling skills and abilities that children need for their future and advancing their growth. This year, AEEI sponsored items for the ECD facility it built in 2018 for Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Centre in Vrygrond. The classroom accommodates approximately 80 children in Grade R and will prepare them for Grade 1. The ECD programme also caters for infants up to school readiness age.