Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund to make a difference

The Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund supports several projects in Tshwane such as ABET classes, maths tuition, school funding and Enterprise Development. Over the past few years we have also sponsored a number of regional projects.

This year we have decided to increase the funding amount to R30 000 for each regional project awarded. We encourage all libraries country-wide to submit their proposal for consideration. The Sabinet Chairperson Fund committee members will, at their discretion, decide on the amount of projects that will receive funding for the 2014/2015 period.

The basic guidelines of this funding are:

  • A single project should not exceed R30 000;
  • The project must be community based;
  • The project should make a measurable difference to the community;
  • The project must be able to stand alone (i.e. the funding cannot be used for an existing or larger project);
  • The project may also be one that endeavors to improve library infrastructure through the supply of ICT equipment or services to community libraries in South Africa;
  • The closing date for project proposals is 9 January 2015.

The following information should be provided in the project proposal and should not exceed 10 pages:

  • Name of the Project Coordinator;
  • A brief description of the library;
  • Information on existing outreach projects initiated by the library including outcomes of projects (statistics, news clips, pamphlets, photos, etc. can be used);
  • A description of the involvement of the friends of the library or user-committee in the library;
  • Information on the marketing strategies for the library;
  • A detailed motivation for funding of the proposed project including;
    • a project overview;
    • a budget of how the funding will be spent and
    • benefits of the project to the community
  • Project proposals should be clearly marked as follows; Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund Regional Project 2015 and be sent to;
  • The closing date for project proposals is 09 January 2015. Project coordinators will be notified no later than 16 February 2015 if their project proposal was selected for funding.

Once the sponsorship has been awarded, the project coordinator will be responsible to provide a full report, news clips, photos etc. in order for the Chairpersons Fund Committee to report back to the Sabinet shareholders.

Children’s Home Library opens at Baphumelele Children’s home in Khayelitsha

Opening of library at the Baphumelele Children’s Home

The Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund was approached by Biblionef SA to help set up a library at the Baphumelele Children’s Home in Khayelitsha.

12th June was the long awaited for day for Baphumelele Children’s home when the Library was officially opened. The Director of the home, Rose Mushane saw her dream which she has lived with for more that 12 years coming true. The library was officially opened on the 12th of June by Jean Williams the Director of Biblionef South Africa.

In her speech, Rosie, said the Rondawel was built in 1996 to be a library and since then she was trying to source books for the library but no proper library was set up until early this year.

The Sabinet Chairperson’s Fund provided funding for 283 Xhosa books and a set of Encyclopaedias.

ABET project feedback

We are very proud of our Chairperson’s Fund’s involvement in the Tshwane Library Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Programme. The Chaiperson’s Fund has been sponsoring this programme since 2006. Five ABET Centres are currently functioning in the Tshwane region namely in Temba, Hammanskraal, Olievenhoutbosch, Ga-rankuwa and Stanza Bopape. A total of 87 learners have received training from 1 April 2007 – 31 March 2008 and there are many heart-warming success stories.

Tshwane Community Library and Information Services reports in their progress report that the ABET programme has been very progressive during this financial year and they have seen a huge improvement in the learners as well as much enthusiasm in the tutors. Most of the learners who are in ABET level 1 programmes can now for the first time in their lives read and write, they have seen this training as an opportunity of a life time.

Sabinet’s Chairperson’s Fund has decided to increase its support to this worthy project in the new financial year. The additional support will enable Tshwane to open a new centre in Nellmapius (East of Pretoria) and to appoint two new tutors for this region.

We want to say thank you to the 11 tutors who are doing an excellent job in changing people’s lives.