A MEAL A DAY
South Africa’s education sector is facing some major challenges. Little investment, a shortage of qualified teaching staff, and a low proportion of young people moving on to academic studies are just some of the sector’s problems – and these have serious consequences for the country’s social and economic development. To give children access to education from a very early age, Foxtec-Ikhwezi champions improvements in early childhood development. Together with the international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger, our site in East London supports early childhood development centers (ECDC) in the Border Kei region with donations of money and food. In September 2017, Foxtec-Ikhwezi employees helped to pack some 5,000 food parcels for distribution to the centers. These parcels make it possible for 19 children to be provided with a meal a day for a whole year. The plant additionally made a donation of 10,000 rand (approximately 690 euros). Foxtec-Ikhwezi also supported an initiative that helps train early childhood
practitioners with a separate donation of 200,000 rand (approximately 13,800 euros).