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2017-08-03 06:01
NOAH there are several opportunities for pensioners to supplement their income, like making soap, candles and other crafts. These are also sold at their monthly market which will receive a roof as part of Shoprite’s Mandela Day initiative.

NOAH there are several opportunities for pensioners to supplement their income, like making soap, candles and other crafts. These are also sold at their monthly market which will receive a roof as part of Shoprite’s Mandela Day initiative.

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In honour of the life and legacy of former South African president Nelson Mandela, the Shoprite Group took hands with numerouus organisations in upgrading food gardens , community centres and social enterprise initiatives across the country under the banner #ActForChange.

Employees from Shoprite’s home office in Cape Town visited 12 residences from Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH) spread across the Western Cape.

Staff treated senior citizens to lunch as well as a morning of pampering, companionship and entertainment.

At NOAH’s Khayelitsha home, the retailer built a service hatch which residents will use as a spaza shop. Staff members are also donated hundreds of items that will be sold at NOAH’s monthly Trestle Table market, where the retailer is building a carport to ensure this income generating activity can continue in the winter months.

NOAH provides housing and social enterprises for poor, needy and vulnerable senior citizens in South Africa, who struggle to make ends meet on their social grants. The NPO believes South Africa’s aged still have much to offer their communities and by giving them exposure to income generating opportunities, they are able to increase their independence and find purpose and meaning in life.

Anne Dobson, NOAH Director, says: “Funding for NPOs is reducing due to the current economic climate. A solution is the development of social enterprises in order to generate income for organisations. South Africa is a country faced with many challenges but there are also plenty of miracles - this partnership is one of those miracles, and the benefit will be evident for years to come.”

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