Sibanye (meaning “we are one”) is a recently formed NPO organization aimed at guiding children and young people, (the youth in its community} away from substance abuse, drugs and alcohol, crime and teenage pregnancies, all rampant in the community of Sea Vista.
The Sea Vista community is being ruined by substance abuse, drugs and alcohol, crime and teenage pregnancies.
As caring mothers, the ten Sibanye founders decided to intervene with a direct action initiative aimed at children and young people.
Sibanye strives to provide the following services to the youth in the Sea Vista community.
Provide support, care and counselling for the youth in our community.
Afford the opportunity for personal development through the provision of educational, sports and job training programs that will enhance life skills, self-image and vocational motivation.
Provide facilities and activities to meet the needs of our present and future young generations by the removal of exposure to temptations and criminal activities and by building community capacity to do so.
Empower the less fortunate to improve their access to livelihood
The initiative to raise money for the Sea Vista Primary School Educational Fund was started in 2018 by the St Francis community to relieve the educational crisis at the primary school, which serves the under-privileged community in Sea Vista. The communities of St Francis and Sea Vista are very proud of the new school, which was opened in 2017. However, as available funding has been reduced by the National Education Department, the number of teachers allocated from government to state schools has been reduced. Sea Vista Primary School has been severely hit by these reductions in staff. The situation is further challenged by the rapidly expanding population of Sea Vista. The school of nearly 600 children from grade 0 to grade 7 has been allocated a headmaster, a deputy head and 9 other teachers which results in a pupil teacher ratio of over 50 to 1.
Talhado Children’s Haven Montessori Pre-Primary School
This school provides Montessori pre-schooling for children aged from 3 to 6 years old. This is one of very few Montessori schools operating in an underprivileged community on the African continent. All teachers have been fully trained in this teaching format and are paid through donor funding. The principal who acts on a voluntary basis is internationally accredited. All students receive a wholesome breakfast and lunch. The school also offers a media centre and after care facility for older children in the afternoons to assist with their scholastic projects. An evening basic computer skills course for the adults in the community is also run from this school.
Disney Creche provides crèche facilities for nursery school children from Sea Vista’s under-privileged community. The Government’s Social Development department will only provide funding of R15.00 per child per month for up to a maximum of 20 children. This subsidy is paid over quarterly, but unfortunately the full amount due is never received. They do receive some support from local fishing enterprise Balobi consisting of R5000 worth of food with R400 for telephone and electricity per month. The crèche levies fees of R120.00 per child per month, however no action can be taken against defaulting parents as Social Development opposes such action. Currently, there are 50 children registered at Disney Creche and this important nursery school struggles to keep up with the need in the community. This is an essential service for the young women in Sea Vista who need to leave their children in reliable care when they set off to work or to find employment.
This clinic is the first port of call for anyone in the broader community who does not have access to private health care. For many folks in the disadvantaged community, Sister Bertha Strydom and her staff are a lifeline providing access to basic healthcare which they would otherwise have to travel great distances to get to, impossible for most of these impoverished people. From pregnancy and childcare advice, to TB and HIV Aids treatment and counseling, the dedicated staff of this small under-funded clinic dispense with compassion and skill.
This is a Government facility, but the funding provided is nowhere near enough to properly serve this community. Various doctors from the broader community volunteer their services on a continual basis including a retired optometrist who runs a regular eye clinic.