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A year of building communities with Ranyaka

A wise man once said: “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of” - that man was Nelson Mandela.

Although this quote is not our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) mission statement, it underpins and encapsulates the work we do with our CSI partner Ranyaka Community Transformation, a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that works to transform towns and communities across South Africa. Ours is a relationship that seeks to bring restoration, resilience and growth to towns and neighbourhoods across South Africa.

A year ago, we started the journey with Ranyaka Community Transformation, and focused on four main projects, namely: The CoCreate Hub in Stellenbosch, Breughel Theatre community centre in Cloetesville, the Klapmuts Junior Academy vegetable garden and a garden transformation project in Chicago, Paarl.

The primary support was in the form of products donated from Western Cape branches of BUCO and Chipbase including doors, power tools, hand tools, copper pipes, rhino boards, cement, tiles, grout, paint, paintbrushes, lights, water tanks, and many more.

These donations served to aid communities in collaboration with Ranyaka to make much-needed upgrades to their environments.

“At Ranyaka, as an urban planning NPO, we work to pursue the creation of communities and places that ignite inspiration and confidence. BUCO is a perfect partner in this journey, as they understand the built environment and the value of well-designed physical spaces and buildings” says Johan Olivier, Ranyaka Executive Director.

The Stellenbosch CoCreate Hub is an economic development hub that will serve local community entrepreneurs. This project entailed the renovation and restoration of the old clinic building at 7 Victoria Street to provide a collaborative space where entrepreneurs, tradespersons, and dynamic small businesses can trade and have access to hot-desk, office, meeting and training facilities. This multifunctional facility will open later in July.

Stellenbosch Economic Hub renovation in progress.

In Cloeteville, the former Breughel Theatre Complex now serves as a community support centre run solely by a team of volunteers. With the donations, the team restored and transformed an unutilised storeroom into a beautiful therapy/counselling room that now serves as a refuge for victims of abuse in the community.

The new therapy and counselling room.

At the Klapmuts Junior Academy, an early childhood development centre (ECD) is addressing food security in the community through their own food garden. Here the co-sponsorship from BUCO helped the project to be so successful that, earlier this year they could donate 200kg of spinach to 30 ECD centres in Kayamandi and Klapmuts.

The community food garden in Klapmuts.

At the Fix My Space Programme in Chicago, Paarl, the donation made by the business was used to construct a dance platform as part of a garden transformation project at Orleansvale Primary School. Stock is also being used in the refurbishment of a block of flats in the area, as well as in community clean-up projects.

Fix My Space project in Chicago, Paarl.

In addition to the four main projects, the contribution could reach even more organisations in Stellenbosch. Twenty-eight Water Tanks were donated to:

  • Love To Give - an NGO serving among others, ECD centres in Kayamandi township
  • SM Organic Farming, a dynamic duo of agripreneurs, who are participating in Ranyaka’s Building Business programme
  • Herbal View Farming
  • Samnkies ECD centre in Kayamandi township
  • Kleine Diamantjies ECD centre in Kylemore

The dynamic duo from SM Organic Farming

BUCO has agreed to a three-year partnership with Ranyaka and we are excited and thrilled to be expanding in the coming year.