Phoeboe Loff’s community volunteer cleaning project, Phoebe Cleaning Services, recenly received a welcome donation.
De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa (DBSSSA) donated safety protective clothing and garden equipment to the project on Monday, 26 March.
The project, that started in 2008, recruits idling youth, ex-convicts that are still serving parole, senior citizens and mentally ill who are fit to work.
The project aims to give them meaning to life.
The cleaning services team, currently consisting of 20 members, mostly works for free except for small donations from good Samaritans in the community.
The donated items include safety boots, reflector vests, sun hats, protective gloves and masks.
Demarcation cones, rakes, brooms, wheelbarrows, handsaws and spades were also donated.
An excited Loff put the donated material to work the very next day.
Loff expressed her gratitute towards De Beers as it will make the work much easier and safer for the volunteers.
Abel Madonsela, De Beers corporate affairs manager in the Kimberley region, said De Beers is always happy to partner with the community and assist in any way it can.
“The decision to support the project was based on their undertaking to attempt to curb unemployment, crime and the project’s potential to remove idling youth from the streets,” added Madonsela.
“The donation serves as a visible gesture of De Beers’s ongoing commitment to empower local communities.”
On behalf of her team, project manager Loff expressed her gratitude.
“We are honoured to be associated with an organisation such as De Beers because it cares about us.
“The new equipment will help us to get the job done and achieve our overall objective to keep Kimberley clean and litter-free.
“We also hope that in future we will find a way to provide a stipend for our volunteers,” she said.
Loff started the cleaning project from scratch a while ago.
She and her team clean different parts of Kimberley as a job creation project.