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Bringing shared community values to life in South Africa


Mobile Health Clinics, Go for Gold, SA Medical & Education Foundation, Adopt a School Foundation, Jicama 89


South Africa

During an extremely difficult 2020 and despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, SMEC South Africa was still able to participate in numerous regional community outreach projects.

The Social and Ethics Committee of SMEC South Africa facilitates a formal socio-economic development program that focuses on assisting projects which promote education and healthcare.

Each application received is reviewed objectively. In 2020, five organisations were identified and approved for funding by the SMEC South Africa board.

Mobile Health Clinics

Mobile Health Clinics is a national non-profit organisation that operates mobile clinics in no-fee schools across South Africa, and also helps to equip them with STEM resources. By combining technology and mobility, the organization provides support to vulnerable populations through sustainable and flexible solutions. Support from SMEC South Africa will be utilised towards providing comprehensive health screenings for a class of 60 learners at Mpofini Secondary School in Abaqulisi district municipality in KZN.

Go for Gold

Approximately six million people are unemployed in South Africa today, with half of these under the age of 30. SMEC South Africa donated to Go for Gold’s Education-to-Employment Program, which focuses on math and science tuition. The Go for Gold program is a skills development pipeline, specifically supporting talented youth from disadvantaged communities who wish to pursue technical vocations in the built environment. The funds will enable students in Grade 11 and 12 to attend an intensive tuition program for two years, helping them to attain a bachelor pass and receive leadership development training as well as assisting with transport, food, books, stationery and career guidance.

SA Medical & Education Foundation

The SA Medical & Education Foundation (SAME) focuses on improving healthcare and educational facilities in poverty-stricken communities by supplying schools, hospitals and clinics with the equipment and infrastructure they need to service large communities. SMEC provided SAME with the funding needed to establish two new science laboratories, nine e-learning classrooms and a computer centre at the Raymond Mhlaba Secondary School, which lacked appropriate science resources and infrastructure. The school serves 1,375 learners from grade 8-12, of which 20% are from child-headed households.

Adopt a School Foundation

The Adopt a School Foundation is part of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and supports the creation and enhancement of conducive teaching and learning environments in disadvantaged schools across South Africa. Its Whole School Development model enables the growth of each school’s infrastructure, curriculum, social welfare and leadership. In 2020, SMEC donated funds to support various needs of the 837 schools the Foundation has adopted to date.

Jicama 89

Jicama 89 is actively involved in supporting children in the care of The Sibonile School in Klipriver, South of Johannesburg. The organisation assists 208 children who are partially sighted, totally blind or deaf and blind. Funding was provided to assist with converting conventional braille machines at Sibonile School for visually impaired learners. Existing models were upgraded to the new Apex Braille note-taking system, enhancing the learning for its visually impaired students.