Peninsula School Feeding Association

Empower a Generation: Join PSFA’s Monthly Mission to End Childhood Hunger

Posted on March 18th, 2024 by Charles Grey

In the tapestry of global challenges, childhood hunger remains a thread that we, as a collective force, can weave into a story of hope and transformation. Every child deserves the chance to learn, grow, and dream without the burden of an empty stomach. This is where you can make a profound difference – by committing to giving monthly to the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA).

Why Monthly Giving Matters

  • Sustainable Impact: Monthly giving provides a steady and reliable source of support for PSFA. It’s a commitment that ensures consistent meals for children, allowing us to confidently plan, implement, and expand our school nutrition support programme.
  • Educational Equality: Access to education should be a right, not a privilege. By supporting PSFA every month, you contribute to breaking down barriers that hinder educational opportunities for children in need. Your commitment fosters equality and opens doors to a brighter future for all.
  • Healthier, Thriving Communities: Regular and nutritious meals do more than satiate hunger; they empower communities. Your monthly contribution will help to create a ripple effect of health and well-being as nourished children become the driving force behind resilient and thriving communities.

The Power of Your Monthly Pledge

Your decision to give monthly to PSFA will be a testament to your belief in the transformative power of education and the ripple effect of a well-nourished child. Here’s how your monthly pledge can make a lasting impact:

  • Consistent Support: Monthly giving provides stability and predictability for our school nutrition support programmes, allowing them to reach more children and communities with sustained support.
  • Empowerment through Education: Your commitment ensures that children can attend school without the burden of hunger, fostering an environment where learning becomes a pathway to empowerment and opportunity.

How You Can Join the Monthly Mission

Becoming a monthly donor is a simple yet impactful act that can change lives. Follow these steps to join the mission:

  1. Visit our website psfa.org.za and click on the Donate Now tab
  2. Complete the online form to choose an amount that aligns with your budget and values
  3. Spread the Word: Inspire your friends, family, and colleagues to join the monthly mission. Share your commitment on social media, use dedicated hashtags, and encourage others to make a difference in the lives of children through monthly giving.

Conclusion: Be the Change, Give Monthly

In a world filled with challenges, your decision to give monthly to a school feeding charity is a beacon of hope. It’s a commitment to shaping a future where no child goes to bed hungry, and every child has the chance to realise their potential through education.

Join the monthly mission. Be the change. Give monthly. Together, let’s empower a generation and create a world where every child’s dream is nourished into reality.

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MDI adopts Silverlea Primary School

Posted on March 18th, 2024 by Charles Grey

We are happy to announce that Mobile Digital Insights (MDI) made a generous donation to support our school nutrition programme at Silverlea Primary School in Athlone. The donation will enable PSFA to provide all the learners on our feeding programme with two daily meals for a year and we were also able to supply much-needed catering equipment for the school’s kitchen.

MDI originated in Melbourne, Australia with the goal of partnering with clients worldwide to address their needs and pain points when it comes to market research.

Market Research is not the only passion that the MDI team enjoy – CSR is an integral part of their being. With a fully operational South African team, one of MDI’s longest standing employees – Yumna Isaacs – embraced the CSR portfolio with wholeheartedness. Her journey with PSFA started in her school days when she was introduced to PSFA’s annual fundraising event, the Blisters for Bread Charity Family Fun Walk, It was with this fond memory of PSFA in mind, that looking for a charity to join forces with, was an easy task.

“PSFA’s team have a mantra that drives them in all the work they do. Their genuine interest in children and providing the basic amenities to fill up their tummies and their hearts is what inspired MDI to work with them” said Yumna Isaacs, Data Processing Director at MDI-South Africa.

The MDI global team focuses on a drive each year, where they challenge their team to do something in the spirit of wellness, focusing on themselves and their wellbeing. In doing so the MDI team used their own reach on social media to highlight mental health and wellbeing, highlighting PSFA as the charity that they were raising funds for. This catalysed a chain effect, and the greater community was encouraged to donate to PSFA through an online site.

“It was a heart-warming moment when we heard that we had raised enough funds to be able to support a school (Silverlea Primary School), by being able to buy all the equipment needed for the kitchen, along with the food to be able to feed ALL the learners with daily breakfasts and lunches for a full year. We thank PSFA for their self-effacing, authentic love and care they have for each child they help.  We look forward to a long and uplifting journey with you.” Fiona Johnson, MDI Global: People and Culture Manager.

PSFA is sincerely grateful to MDI for partnering with us in the fight against childhood hunger, especially at schools.

 

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PeopleSolved Consulting staff pack and hand out food parcels

Posted on December 5th, 2023 by Charles Grey

On Friday, 1 December, the staff from PeopleSolved Consulting, an international recruitment company, packed and handed 200 food parcels to the learners on our feeding programme at Ellerton Primary in Three Anchor Bay.

It was a very humbling and feel-good experience for them. This company decided to sponsor this event instead of paying for a staff end-of-year party.  PSFA, the staff, and the learners at Ellerton Primary are sincerely grateful for this kind gesture.

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Miltons Matsemela, a local Conveyancing firm, reaches R4 Million milestone in community outreach program.

Posted on December 5th, 2023 by Charles Grey

In a world where we face numerous challenges, some of which are life-threatening: hunger, war, disease, and abandonment, to name a few, we as individuals and companies should try and make a difference in our own way…

That is why Miltons Matsemela (MM) teamed up with the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) 10 years ago. We aim to make a difference by supporting the feeding of hungry school children, one transfer instruction at a time.

PSFA identifies schools where underprivileged children are in desperate need of food. They then equip these schools with kitchens, train personnel and supply food regularly.

Through their efforts, two nutritional meals are being served to these children each day, helping them concentrate in the classroom. As per the PSFA’s slogan: “You cannot teach a hungry child”.

Needless to say, financial support is needed to fulfill this gigantic task.

PSFA’s quest touched our hearts deeply and so we decided to collaborate with them to ensure more feeding of hungry children. We also wanted to involve our communities.

Since teaming up with the PSFA, it has been our undertaking to sponsor the feeding of a hungry school child for 6 months each time we receive a conveyancing instruction from an Estate Agent/Property Practitioner.

This way, our supporting Property Practitioners know that their transfer instructions secure the feeding of hungry school children and they too are contributing to this worthy cause.

With great expectations and excitement, we made our first contribution in December 2013. Since then, we have managed to donate more than R4 million to PSFA.

We could not have done this without the support of our Estate Agent community, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts!

Together, we have made a difference in the lives of many children.

We are grateful to PSFA, they do exceptional work and may we all continue to address hunger in our schools.

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We welcome Simons Town School to our feeding family of schools!

Posted on December 5th, 2023 by Charles Grey

We are happy to announce that Simons Town School joined our feeding programme at the start of the fourth term this year. PSFA is now providing 150 learners affected by poverty attending this school with daily breakfasts and lunches.

This is the wonderful response we received from Mrs Lucresia Harrison, Acting Principal of Simons Town School:

“On behalf of the school governing body, staff, and parents of Simon’s Town School, I would like to convey our gratitude towards the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) for the wonderful contribution and service they are providing to our learners who are receiving a daily nutritious and sustainable meal.

The programme is of great strategic importance because it enhances the general well-being of participating learners.

By alleviating hunger and improving nutrition, the food intervention programme enhances our learners’ active learning energy levels and focus capacity by improving their concentration and ensuring greater productivity during lessons. This has contributed to an improvement in the attendance and punctuality of our learners.

We appreciate the manner in which Viwe Bontsa, PSFA’s field worker, so skilfully trained and equipped our ladies who prepare the daily meals.

Thank you, PSFA, for making a difference in the lives of our learners.”

Simons Town School is a dual-medium school providing schooling from Grade R to Grade 12 on the same premises.

Founded in 1815, the school is the fifth oldest school in the Western Cape and the oldest in the Cape Peninsula.

Located at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountains and overlooking False Bay Harbour, Simon’s Town School is one of the most scenically-located schools in South Africa.

In 1995, in keeping with Simon’s Town’s proud maritime and naval heritage, Simons Town School became the first school in South Africa to introduce a Maritime Studies department.

Over two decades later, the school’s Lawhill Maritime Centre has become synonymous with quality maritime education.

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PSFA presents Sibelius High with a new kitchen

Posted on October 18th, 2023 by Charles Grey

Thanks to a generous donation made by LottoStar, PSFA presented Sibelius High School in Steenberg, with a new fully equipped pre-fabricated kitchen at a special ceremony held at the school today. This is the 132nd kitchen that PSFA has handed over to a school in its 65 years of existence.

Guest speakers at the ceremony included our finance manager, Morne Goosen, Antonia Lazaridis from LottoStar’s Star Foundation, Ghoesyn Lakay, chairman of the SGB, Simphiwe Mayekiso, RCL chairperson, ward councilor, Marita Petersen and Amien Samodien, principal of Sibelius High. The school marimba band provided excellent entertainment.

Morne Goosen cut the ceremonial ribbon at the entrance to the kitchen and handed over the keys to Amien Samodien. A big thank you to our infrastructure partner, Breadline Africa for managing this project on our behalf.

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PSFA presents Steenberg Primary with a new kitchen.

Posted on October 12th, 2023 by Charles Grey

Today, thanks to a generous donation made by Mr. David Delbridge, PSFA presented Steenberg Primary School with a brand-new fully-equipped mobile kitchen.

A special handing-over ceremony occurred in the school hall where our operations manager, Amelia Koeries welcomed and introduced the event. Mr. Meeraaj Damon, chairman of the school’s governing body, Mr. Daniel Jansen, school principal, Mr. Shamiel Abrahams, Breadline Africa‘s head of programmes, and Ms. Maurita Petersen, ward councilor addressed the guests. One of the event’s highlights was the amazing performance of two songs sung beautifully by the Steenberg Primary School choir.

Amelia then presented a delighted Mr. Jansen with the keys to the kitchen.

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Congratulations Viwe on your appointment as a PSFA Field Officer.

Posted on September 18th, 2023 by Charles Grey

We are delighted to announce that on September 1, 2023, Viwe Bontsa was appointed to the permanent position as a Field Officer at the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA).

Viwe has a 6-year working history with PSFA. In 2017, she joined PSFA as a finance intern through our partnership with Hope Africa. When the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport (DCAK) awarded PSFA with the MODs programme tender a few months later, she moved to our operations department as the MODs administrator (contractual position).

Thanks to funding provided by PSFA, in 2018, Viwe was able to begin her studies for a National Diploma in Operations Management, which she successfully completed in 2021 – well done Viwe! She is currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Quality Management at CPUT

Viwe was born in the Eastern Cape and raised in Cape Town. She completed high school at Kwamfundo Secondary School. After matriculating, she worked as a cashier in the food industry, which she valued because it taught her respect and a love for dealing with people. She returned to college in June 2012 to study financial management.

Viwe is a mother of a gorgeous girl, ‘Nunu’ whom she adores. She enjoys meeting individuals from all backgrounds.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and is committed to self-development through education.

The PSFA voluntary general committee, management team, and staff congratulate Viwe on her appointment and welcome her on board as a permanent member of the team, wishing her a long, happy, and productive tenure at PSFA.

Viwe Bontsa.

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ZEMP Leathers school design initiative raises over R55 000.00 for PSFA

Posted on September 12th, 2023 by Charles Grey

In February 2022, ZEMP Leathers launched a Design Initiative in collaboration with Summerdale High School in Mitchells Plain as part of its giving-back program. Over 300 Grade 9 learners were guided through the design process, and eventually, two designs, the Yola and Siri bags from learners Yolatha Mgebezo and Likhona Geca, went into production in November 2022.

ZEMP Leathers donates R570.00 to PSFA from the proceeds of the sale of each Yola and Siri bag. The cost to feed a child for a year at the time was R570.00.

We are delighted to announce that ZEMP Leathers managed to sell 97 bags (49 Siri bags and 48 Yola bags) in the first half of 2023 and awarded PSFA with a donation in the amount of R55 290.00.

“This Design Initiative perfectly fits our business philosophy, offering a high-quality product, collaborating with creative minds, and giving back. Working with Summerdale High and PSFA was an absolute pleasure, and we are very pleased with the outcome.” Peter Zemp, ZEMP Leathers.

If you want to support the program, please note the bags are still available online at www.zemp.co.za as well as across South Africa in leading leather, fashion, and lifestyle stores.

PSFA sincerely thanks ZEMP Leathers for this kind gesture and the Grade 9 learners from Summerdale High, a school on our feeding program, who participated in this amazing initiative.

About ZEMP Leathers

ZEMP Leathers, established in 2012, is based in Woodstock, Cape Town, and offers the largest range of leather handbags in South Africa. The goods are manufactured in compliance with the highest social standards and environmental considerations.

As the first leather goods brand in the world, ZEMP has been using organic cotton as an inner lining since 2019. The cotton and yarn production follows the social, environmental and chemical standards of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), the gold standard for organic cotton.

 

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Please book your tickets now for the HEROES Gala Concert in aid of PSFA.

Posted on September 8th, 2023 by Charles Grey

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) is delighted to announce that Lana English, an internationally renowned opera and musicals singer from Cape Town, will be presenting and performing in a special fundraising Gala Concert for PSFA called HEROES at the Cape Town City Hall on Saturday, 14 October, at 14h00.

The concert, which is dedicated to extraordinary individuals, is the brainchild of Lana and will feature herself, well-known soprano Sian Atterbury who has performed in various G & S productions, Victor Siljeur, a melodic soloist in his own right, Jeremy Quickfall, a classical pianist with a twist, Dane Coetzee, a renowned cellist, and the Masikuhle Community Orchestra with a special appearance by the Constantia Primary School Choir to name a few.

The programme will include a mixed tapestry of classics, operas, musicals, sacred classics, and more!

“I am extremely excited to host this concert in support of PSFA and in honour of all the volunteers who tirelessly prepare the meals for the schoolchildren. I would love to write out a cheque to PSFA, but with my voice, I am able to do just that, and with this small gesture, be able to make a huge difference in one child’s life” Lana English.

Tickets for the HEROES Gala Concert are available for purchase at the cost of R200 per ticket at www.quicket.com. Don’t miss this chance to make a difference in your community while experiencing a night of exceptional music.

For any enquiries, please contact Charles Grey at PSFA at charles@psfa.org.za or call 021 447 6020 or 071 262 5199 or Nawaal Howa at manager@lanaandvictor.co.za or call 084 755 6825.

About Lana English

Lana started singing at a young age in the church choir, and at the age of 17, she made her solo debut.

In 1993, she started part-time singing lessons with Vetta Wise and began singing in the ad hoc opera chorus at CAPAB. After attending a master class with Wendy Fine, she was introduced to Alvon Collison, and this resulted in her starring in Showtime and Showtime 2001 at Artscape.

In June 2002, she began to sing as a permanent member of the Cape Town Opera Vocal Ensemble. Lana has also sung with the SA Navy Band and for various government functions and heads of state, as well as prominent leaders, locally and abroad, most notably for Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 70th birthday celebrations at his residence.

At the end of October 2003, Lana auditioned for the South African production of “The Phantom of the Opera” and was granted the principal role of Christine Daaé.  She is still actively involved in the New Apostolic Church choir, which she loves.

Lana English

Victor Siljeur

Sian Atterbury

Jeremy Quickfall

Dane Coetzee

Constantia Primary Choir

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Contact Information

Phone: +27 (21) 447 6020
Email: info@psfa.org.za
Physical Address: 26 Purdey Road, Sheffield Business Park, Philippi, 7750
Postal Address: PO Box 154, Observatory 7935

Banking Details

Account Name: Peninsula School Feeding Association
Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
Account Number: 070894159
Account Type: Cheque Account
Branch Code: 020909
Branch Name: Thibault Square
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Physical address: First Floor, Thibault Square Branch, Corner of Hans Strijdom Street and Long Street, Cape Town, 8001