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Born Free Foundation – Shamwari Education Blog
August 2016
Written by Sidney Clay, Education Officer

We had three schools visit us this month, and there has been a lot of community work to keep us busy.  The schools had a wonderful time with us and they enjoyed themselves. They saw a lot of animals on the game drive and most of the Born Free rescued cats were seen too.  I did some community work at the schools with the Global Friends grant allocated to schools this year. We had to repair the floors at one school (Khayakhulu Primary) at Paterson. The self-adhesive tiles had peeled off and the floor had some holes and it was dusty. I got a local contractor to do the floors at the school.

There are more classrooms to be done and we are still busy with them. The sponsored Land Rover Defender played a major role as we used it to get the materials we needed for the repairs.

Offloading cement from the Defender

I hosted a primary school from the Port Elizabeth Northern areas. The children enjoyed their time with us and enjoyed seeing animals in their natural habitat. 

St Teresa Primary School

We also attended a community animal clinic by Shamwari Wildlife at the Paterson community hall. It was hosted by Shamwari and their vet students to help the community dogs and cats and other animals. The community appreciates what Shamwari does for them as they cannot afford to take their animals to the animal clinics and anyway there are not any in the vicinity.

Shamwari veterinary and animal care team
In action

I also delivered goods purchased from the Global Friends Grant for the Hendrik Kanise Combined School in Alicedale. They asked for a laptop for administration at school, a camera for taking pictures, a wheelbarrow for their garden and some tools for cutting back invasive, non-native plants along their river. They were allocated funds for purchasing this by the Global Friends Grant.

The School Environmental Club co-ordinating teacher with two members
The school’s Environmental Club

We also had an event by Land Rover called Rugby Goes Rural. The idea was to have well-known rugby players Siya Kolisi, Scarra Ntubeni and Skhumbuzo Notshe visit their grass root schools where they became the sportsmen they are today. Skhumbuzo is from Keiskammahoek in the former Ciskei homeland where I did my high school education. They were joined by other Land Rover ambassadors, Craig Joubert (international rugby referee) and well known TV presenter Matthew Pearce. The ambassadors did a school appearance a day before they came to us, where they interacted with school learners and talked about the importance of education and sport. The school they went to is the school where Siya started his education in one of Port Elizabeth’s townships.

Scarra Ntubeni, Matthew Pearce, Skhumbuzo Notshe, Craig Joubert and Siya Kolisi

That is all to report for this month, till next month keep well.


Siya Kolisi with the Hendrik Kanise learners
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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