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Britehouse met with Rob Taylor, Columba 1400 SA, at the beginning of the year to discuss Britehouse involvement with the Columba 1400 SA Leadership Academy, and the Directors of Britehouse Holdings, Britehouse SSD (Pty) Ltd and Automate committed to the initiative.
The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to assist young people to discover their inner greatness to transform their and their communities’ lives.
What could be a more valuable investment than young
leaders for the future of our country?
The school that was identified for the Learnership Academy was Kwena Molapo. The principal, Mr. Maligana is very excited and fully committed to the programme. The Academy started on Friday, 20th May 2011 and ran for 7 days to Thursday, 26th May 2011.
Staff from Britehouse SSD, Holdings and Automate attended the Academy on selected days over the 7 day period.
Our key objectives mirror Columba’s key objectives -
Britehouse have taken serious heed of this plea and taken our Corporate Social Investment relationship with Kwena Molapo Secondary school www.kwenamolapo.co.za to new heights. What started out as a 1 week course of self-discovery and awareness away with 10 learners, 3 educators, 2 facilitators and 14 Britehouse group representatives culminated in a celebratory showcase encompassing in excess of 1000 learners and 35 teachers.
The Principal agreed to set aside the day, Thursday 22 September as a Heritage Day celebration to recognise aspects of our South African culture which are both tangible and difficult to pin down, namely, creative expression, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat and the land in which we live. This day was also set as the platform from which to launch the 4 key pressing initiatives they had decided to embark upon, being;
What unfolded was a splendid display of cultural dances in full historical dress by pupils and teachers alike, showcasing the Zulu, Shangani, Sotho, Pedi, Ghanaian and Venda tribes. What an awesome experience it was to see such a large group of young adults – an average age of 17 depicting their cultural dances to perfection and with untold pride. We were further wowed by the entrance made by a beautiful white stallion as part of the Sotho dance display. Following the festivities we were treated to a culturally diverse meal with the ultimate treat being a pot of Mopani worms.
As part of officially launching these campaigns, a selection of basic requirements to get the projects running, was graciously handed over by Britehouse SSD. We can safely say that, in the quest to assist the school, help nurture the core group’s ability to develop their sense of self sustenance and further grow critical mass, we, as a cohesive group have truly succeeded in Leading SA. The core group have not only gone fishing, multiplied their fish and loaves but have rather re-invented the fishing industry by way of reaching the entire school body on one truly splendid, significant day – Heritage Day – no less!!