In the spirit of developing the youth of South Africa, Tsogo Sun’s corporate social investment programme aims to have a long term effect and benefit on education and life skills through extra-curricular activities.
Tsogo Sun’s programmes have directly impacted 36 000 disadvantaged youngsters during 2014 thus far. The influence is implicitly generated through the groups sports, arts, chess, and learning academies in schools around the country.
The Tsogo Sun Moves For Life Chess Academy, focuses on using chess to improve maths and science results, has the highest intake with more than 19 000 primary school children benefitting from the programme. While the Sports Academy is impacting 2 818 children, with another 488 enrolled in the Arts Academy in schools around the Mayfair and Diepsloot area.
This is in combination with the Learning Academy, which provides peer-driven leadership programmes, visits to the Apartheid Museum and bursaries, has reached a further 15 942 youngsters. There are currently a total of 352 schools and 1 152 teachers involved, with an additional 1 303 adults having been trained as facilitators in these programmes.
“All of our programmes are aligned with the combined vision of the departments of Education and Sports and Recreation to develop extra-curricular environments that promote healthy living and a life-long participation in sports and arts. Our Tsogo Sun academies use sports and arts as a medium to deliver life skills, leadership and healthy lifestyle information, while also reinforcing the importance of education to young people, ultimately aiming to nurture the children’s wellbeing,” says Shanda Paine, Group CSI Manager for Tsogo Sun.
Meanwhile, the June 16 Commemoration will officially take place in Kimberley, Northern Cape.
It will be addressed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. He replaces Pres Jacob Zuma, who was admitted at hospital for fatigue last week, and as a result was excused, from all his duties to rest.
In Gauteng, the event happens at Mofolo Park-Soweto. It will be addressed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura.