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Andre du Toit and Mariana Josephs

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Andre du Toit and Mariana Josephs, who for many years faithfully made
soup for us to hand out with our food parcels.  Andre, who is a stalwart in the community, has decided to retire and is leaving the area. We wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his and Mariana’s contribution to our soup over so many years.

We are pleased to say that  Mariana is now working for another Siphila Sonke volunteer who has advised that they will continue the tradition of the making the soup for our food parcels!

Community Play Ground Update

At long last we have made significant progress!! The area is fenced off, grass partially planted and the jungle gym was erected. The children could not wait to start playing and were on the equipment whilst the men were building it!!  It has made a huge difference in that the children now have a safe environment to play in.

The play area is full of children from sunrise to sunset, rain or sunshine. This is proved to be so popular that we will have to look at extending the play equipment soon and obtaining funding.  We still plan to plant some trees and complete the planting of the grass but await the winter rains!

One Good Deed in Return for Another

As a result of the water released from Eikenhof Dam to the City of Cape Town recently, Pick n Pay decided to say thank you by donating to various NGO’s and Welfare organisations in Grabouw and Elgin – Siphila Sonke included!

This was truly a tremendous gift to the struggling organisations and appreciated greatly by all.

We  managed to supply very generous Food Parcels in March from these donations. There is still some produce left that will supplement next months Food Parcels as well as going towards our Soul Food camps and Kids Club holiday outing.

Support Group News

The 2018 year started with fewer members attending as quite a few managed to obtain work in the orchards or packing sheds for the season. Those that did come made cushions, pillows and throws for themselves and also were able to sell them to others. They are now making curtains from material donated.

Once again we had a outing to Gordons Bay with the Support Group in March, where they enjoyed a meal of Fish & Chips.

Kids Club Appeal for Volunteers and Donations

We are experiencing a huge shortage of volunteers to help at the Kids Club in the afternoons with especially with reading (Mondays) and maths (Thursdays).

We would also like to make an appeal for the following:

  • Ribbons, beads, pieces of material, paper, old colouring books , even with a few pages not used, crayons, magazines, newspaper, any bits and pieces that can be used as craft things.
  • Any donations of story books (new or second-hand) for children
    from Grade R to Grade 7 in Afrikaans, English and especially IsiXhosa.

Scholarship update 2018

Jason Sass (Grade 9) – has been appointed as a school leader and attended the Leadership Camp in January.

Lorenzo Carelse (Grade 8) – is a keen sportsman and loves his cricket and rugby. This is his first year in the High School.

Vuyelwa Shumi (Grade 7) – Vuyelwa was the first scholar to receive the scholarship. She continues to perform well and has started playing Netball.

Franklyn Louw (Grade 5) – he has settled in very nicely and is doing well academically.

Kids Club Christmas Party 2017

For the 2017 Kids Club Christmas Party,  Lien, Maria and Dume put a Nativity play together that was from the heart and so beautiful in its simplicity! No frills but the message was loud and clear. 

The children put on a wonderful performance – from the angels to the shepherds with their sheep!  The scene where the three Maggi shared in the caring of baby Jesus, all watched over by the mule in the box (stable) was special. Their proud parents and siblings were enthralled by the children’s performance.

After the children’s Nativity play Dume presented certificates to the children who performed exceptionally well in the CAMI programmes.  Lien and Maria had difficulty in choosing from the all the children as Maria said each child was gifted in different ways and not all are good in reading or maths but showed their gifts in so many other ways. Certificates were presented in recognition to those who they felt did very well during the year in Maths, Reading or just being willing and helpful.


Elgin Open Gardens Fundraising 2017

A huge thank you must go to Fairholme Nursery and Lothian Vineyards who donated all their gate takings to Siphila Sonke.  We really appreciate all the work that is put in to making your gardens so beautiful every year and coping with the influx of all the people over the two weekends.  We are indeed fortunate to have access to these beautiful gardens and to all those who helped make this a success – THANK YOU!!

This year we operated at two new venues serving teas & lunches at both. We would like to thank Carmel Farm (Cecilia Hiemstra)and Keurbos Nursery (Jessie Walton) for opening their gardens to us. Also we would like to thank Elgin United Church congregation and all the other volunteers that    baked and did duties at the gardens over the two Open Garden weekends.

Siphila Sonke was thrilled with the funds that we were able to generate from the Open Gardens this year. A wonderful total amount, in the region of R140 000, was raised from the garden venues, together with donations and raffle sales, during the two weekends.