Mandela Day sparks Macquarie South Africa's support

Cape Town, 20 July 2014

Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined Macquarie Cape Town staff to open a Macquarie-funded mobile classroom, library and kitchen for an early childhood development centre in Khayelitsha township, just one of a series of events and fundraisers to mark the 2014 Nelson Mandela Day in July.

Literacy advocacy organisation Nali’bali led a reading session with volunteers and children on the day, and the facility has now been donated to Masande Educare Centre. The initiative is the third year Macquarie has partnered with Breadline SA which directed the shipping container’s repurposing.

Macquarie staff in Johannesburg also helped equip the library at long-term partner Inkwenkwezi School, donating over 212 books. Sales Trader Martin Hughes read from a child-friendly version of Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom autobiography at a ‘cupcake reading’.

In a ‘Cappucino Campaign’, Jo’burg staff also raised R23,880 (before matching) by donating the cost of a coffee over one year to Afrika Tikkun’s community development programme, Cradle to Career.

Twenty staff also participated in an Afrika Tikkun shack build in Alexandra township. Working with construction teams to demolish an old shack, level the land, mix cement and transport materials, two new homes for two families were able to be built.


Image caption: From left: Macquarie’s Brendon Johns and Ayushi Sewraj; Breadline’s Tim Smith; Macquarie’s Nicola Bosworth, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev Mpho Tutu and Macquarie’s Ryane Brunsdon.