Sgt Thabang Bapela, Ad Astra magazine
Members with their spouses from the Directorate Education,
Training and Development (DETD) had on 31 May 2008 visited
and donated blankets, fruits and sweets to the Wolmer
Community Project, north of Pretoria, which caters for
thirty pre-school learners. It also feeds sixty to seventy
school kids at “Kwaggaspoort Reddingsdaad” Project.
The “Kwaggapoort Reddingsdaad” facilities accommodate
approximately forty families that live in “wendy” houses and
tents. They were also given blankets, second-hand clothes,
fruits and food.
They survive from the donations they receive from the people
of Kwaggaspoort and they also do a number of activities such
as knitting and selling of the material they produce to
churches. “Kwaggaspoort Reddingsdaad” project is a self-help
The Wolmer Community Project is an interdenominational
welfare project that was established in 1996 by the Director
of Housing Services of the Tshwane Metro in Wolmer,
Pretoria-North, in cooperation with volunteers.
According to Mr Stephen Nell, the Project Manager, said the
project was registered as a non-profit organisation. It has
an approved constitution and an effective management team.
All services are given free and only a few volunteers get
some nominal remuneration.
The project provides community services such as the daily
feeding of school children and adults, collection and supply
of furniture and household appliances, supply of school
uniforms, supporting the aged, the handicapped and the sick,
professional psychologist and therapy to the molested and
family violence victims.
Furthermore, Mrs Gersa Beeslaar from DETD, said that the
directorate would like to get more involved in these
projects and thus need more support from Air Force members
in order to execute this responsibility.