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Improving the lives of vulnerable school children and their surrounding communities by creating and implementing sustainable, scalable, and replicable nutrition and education enhancement programmes.
The Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast programme has been established in twenty eight schools, located in the Chris Hani District (Emalahleni Municipality) between Lady Frere and Queenstown. In addition to this, the Foundation added two more schools in Stutterheim and Mdantsane, respectively.
The Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast programme has been implemented in six schools Ficksburg, a town situated at the foot of the Imperani Mountain in Free State, one school in Botshabelo and two schools in Phomolong in the Free State.
The Foundation earmarked Alexandra Township as the ideal area to implement a pilot breakfast programme (at 6 primary schools) in July 2011 to address the challenges faced by the schools. The pilot was soon extended to include 11 primary schools in Alexandra, as it is a significantly over-populated township with very poor infrastructure to service the residents. The programme has since expanded to one school in Ratanda in Heidelberg, one in Saulsville, Pretoria and another in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni.
The primary schools in this area are filled to capacity with little equipment to cater to the needs for the residents in this area. As a result, the Tiger Brands Foundation funded and installed state-of-the-art kitchen containers at schools where there were inadequate facilities.
With the introduction of the in-school breakfast programme, principals have noticed a remarkable positive change in learners. Late coming and absenteeism has dropped significantly. The general health of the learners has improved.
In-school breakfast gives the learners a sense of pride in their school and it has encouraged ownership of the programme by the school and its community.
Bergville is situated at the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains and the town has become the commercial centre of the dairy and cattle farming in the region. The area is characterised by wide open spaces, rolling hills and the ideal weekend getaway – tourism is a key part of the economy but it does not generate sufficient income to alleviate the high levels of poverty.
The Foundation operates in five schools in this area, located within the tribal areas, isolated and difficult to reach as there are no tarred roads once off the main road. Learners come from the immediate community around the school and the difficulties across the communities are common to all the schools.
The Foundation was introduced in some of the primary schools in Modimolle in October 2011 during the Department of Basic Education’s annual National Nutrition Week. The in-school nutrition programme began with just three schools in January 2012, and expanded to include a further two schools in 2013.
Modimolle is situated near the southern edge of the Waterberg Massif in Limpopo. Although it is primarily an agriculture and farming district, wildlife and tourism are an integral part of the economy. However, employment opportunities are limited and predominantly seasonal leading to high levels of poverty and food insecurity. The programme has since, expanded to an additional school in Musina.
The Kabokweni District, situated just outside Mbombela (Mpumalanga) was included in the Foundation’s in-school breakfast programme in 2012 and to date has since expanded to six schools.
Kabokweni is one of the many areas plagued by hard-hitting challenges such as high levels of poverty, HIV/AIDS, and child-headed households, adding the pre-existing challenges that school principals already deal with. Despite this, the schools are clean, well-cared for, and the learners show good discipline and diligence in the work they do. The schools in Kabokweni, all share similar stories of the in-school nutrition programme’s contribution to a noticeable reduction in late coming, absenteeism, community participation and overall improvement in learner’s physical well-being and academic achievements.
The Tiger Brands Foundation’s journey in the Northern Cape started in September 2015 in the Gamagara municipality in . The beneficial partnership with Karoshoek Solar One has allowed the programme to expand into eight additional schools in the Upington area, located 100 km from Gamagara. Despite the distance, the travel is well worth it as it enables the Foundation to provide learners with a nutritious breakfast.
The Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast programme in the North West Province started in April 2014 in Sonop in the Madibeng local municipality, marking the introduction of the first school catering specifically to learners with special needs. This was made possible through a corporate partnership with Nungu Distribution. In April 2016, the programme expanded to four additional schools in the Bapong, Modderspruit and Segwaelane areas, also situated within the Madibeng local municipality.
With just over 200 learners with special needs ranging from Down syndrome to those challenged with diminished mental capacity, the school is a remarkable success story. Activities ranging from needlework, vegetable gardening, wood work, home economics and crafts – such as beadwork and fabric flower making – are offered to these learners. The school has a formidable vegetable garden that supplies produce for the lunch served through the school’s National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP). The rest of the produce is sold to the community and schools in the area as a means of generating additional income to meet the school’s needs.
Madibeng’s economic activities are characterised by agriculture, mining, manufacturing and tourism. The mining sector is one of the highest employment creators in the area, contributing 23,3% to the North West province’s economy and 22,5% to the South African mining industry. The Rustenburg and Brits districts produce 94% of the country’s platinum, which is more than any other single area in the world. Some of the largest cattle herds in the world can be found in the North West at Stellaland near Vryburg as well as the Marico region, earning the province the reputation of being the Texas of South Africa. The area is also renowned for crop farming and contributes significantly to South Africa’s food basket, with maize and sunflowers being the most important crops.
The Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast programme has been implemented in six primary schools in Ashton, Western Cape. The little town lies in the picturesque foothills of the Langeberg Mountains; a luscious valley famous for its great wines and fruit. The beauty of the area is breath taking, yet the communities living here face enormous challenges and a difficult socio-economic environment.