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Partners for Possibility

Nyameko Primary School Partnership Focus

For Sakkie Oosthuizen, from African Bank and Mxolisi Matrose, Principal of Nyameko Primary School, their journey as Partners for Possibility might have been short (they’ve only been partnered for the past 8 months out  of the 12 month Programme) but they have maximised their time together and the results, at Nyameko Primary School, are rather apparent.

When Sakkie was asked, at the beginning of his journey with Mxolisi Matrose, what he hopes to achieve during this new journey as a PfP he replied, “I hope to make a difference to all involved, from learners, educators and community members, so that we can better the lives of all. My hope is that one day Nyameko Primary will be an example of excellence in the community.”

Together the PfP’s have had a successful 8 months. They have had an i3 Profiling workshop and Team Building with the staff and the School Governing Body (SGB). They also hosted a community event that has left an imprint on the Mfuleni community. The PfP’s have built a friendship that will last past the one year PfP Programme.

On 18 July, the day known internationally as Mandela Day, the learners at Nyameko Primary School spent their 67 minutes, cleaning their surrounding community in Mfuleni, Cape Town.

Despite the cold weather, the learners cheerfully gathered in front of the school, where Sakkie and his team from African Bank had set up a PA system and entertained the learners with lively music.

The Principal, Mxolisi Matrose, addressed the learners, highlighting the importance of the day and a special prayer was said for Nelson Mandela. Four of the school’s learners then sang Happy Birthday to the former president, individually, each giving heartfelt performances.

 The younger learners cleaned the school grounds and the vegetable garden, and the grade 6 and grade 7 learners cleaned the streets outside the school. The Principal led by example, as he accompanied learners and shovelled dirt from the pavement too. Sakkie supplied the refuse bags in which the dirt was collected.

“It was really a pleasure for African Bank to be involved in this day today and I want to congratulate Nyameko Primary on the well-disciplined kids,” said Sakkie.

For Mxolisi and Sakkie this has grown past a Partnership and has become a friendship. Mxolisi echoes this as he says, “I hope our partnership will not end after the Celebration Evening  it will continue because there are a lot of things that I feel we can still achieve.”

For Sakkie, this has been a journey of personal growth as well, “I realised that by being a great listener you can achieve your goals. By just being a soundboard to Mxolisi, he has achieved a lot. Being able to listen to Mxolisi made the problems he faced much smaller, because he could talk to somebody from outside his normal daily environment”

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Nyameko Primary School Nyameko Primary School Team Building

On Saturday 11 May 2013, African Bank hosted a team building event for Nyameko Primary School at their Bellville office.  The event was held at the request of the Partners for Possiblity Mxolisi Matrose, principal of Nyameko Primary School, and Sakkie Oosthuizen from African Bank. It also served as a positive way for Sakkie, who is fairly new the programme, to get better acquainted with the school’s teaching staff, management team and governing body.

Merridy Edgson, learning process facilitator for the Leadership Circle, facilitated the event. Merridy uses an Integral Framework approach, which helps to develop creative and innovative ways to achieve goals.
This was the first event of its kind for Nyameko Primary School. Each participant completed an i3 profile to evaluate their strengths and preferences and was given individual feedback on this throughout the week leading up to the event. The Individual Instinctive Indicators (i3) Profiling identifies strengths and interests within the team building setup.

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Nyameko Primary School Nyameko Primary School Feeding Scheme

The vegetable garden at Nyameko Primary School has injected new life into the Mfuleni community. It is tended to by a group of elderly community members and the project is being run under the auspices of the Bambanani Project.

The School Principal, Mxolisi Matrose, is very pleased that Bambanani approached the school to be a part of this project.  Prior to this initiative, the school had been trying to maintain a garden but was struggling to do so, especially during school holidays.
Half of the produce is used for the school feeding scheme and the other half provides for members of the community that are affected by HIV/AIDS.

Partner for Possibility to the Principal, Sakkie Oosthuizen, has generously donated a variety of seeds to the project. Vegetables that are currently being grown include spinach, onions and cabbage. Cauliflower seeds were recently planted but it was damaged by the hail at the start of the winter months. Corn seeds will be planted next month as corn is one of the staple foods for many members of the community.

Despite the challenges that have been faced, which includes a lack of proper equipment, the community still remains very positive and cheerful about their vegetable garden.

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