On 15 June, 23 employees from the Business Support Centre’s (BSC) Central Collections department in Johannesburg, volunteered their time and skills at the Orlando Children’s Home.
The team raised funds over a period of 2 months and managed to donate a freezer and groceries. They also spent the day playing soccer, games and face-painting with the 68 children. Mirriam Mazibuko who has run the home since 1990, thanked the team on behalf of the children. “To all the staff members who blessed us with the gift of their time, for all the work and everything done related to the event that made it a great success – thanks a lot.”
Central Collections’ performance manager, Siboniso Mbatha, believes volunteering allows you to learn new things and gain a new perspective. “All these skills cannot be learned in a classroom or training environment. Volunteering will always open your eyes to the experiences of others in your country,” says Mbatha. He also believes there are great benefits to being a volunteer. “Volunteers learn to network at a very high scale; they interact with diverse individuals with different needs.”
On 18 July, the BSC soccer team also spent the day at the children’s home hosting soccer coaching clinics. One of the team members, Thato Tjale, said it was a great experience to give back to the children. “What appealed to us most was their desire to be football superstars in the future, and how well they adapted to the coaching clinics.”
“There are more than 20 guys in the soccer team who can’t wait to start helping out with stuff like painting, cleaning and more coaching.” Tjale added that this speaks to Capitec’s values as well as the soccer team’s values. “We would also like to thank the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) team for providing us with the opportunity,” he said.
This event is just one of many initiatives of Capitec’s Volunteer Programme that aims to encourage employees to give back to their communities.