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Beloved IY Elephant Gets Her Facelift!

Community Upliftment Project - Phase 2

Shoe Cleaning - In Style!

Our First Learning Centre Graduate!

Visiting Friends from Abroad

Ambitious Community Upliftment Project

First Evening Training Classes very Popular

Positive New Year Beginning for Learning Centre

Gartner YES Youth Group going on their first outing







    In the NEWS  




Beloved IY Elephant Gets Her Facelift!







The restoration of Imizamo Yethu's beloved elephant was one

 of the HBCCA's most enjoyable community upliftment projects to date.

Phase 1 of the restoration work started more than a year ago

after which it was put on hold due to a lack of funds.

The project was published on our Projects-page with requests for

funds to complete it. Earlier this year we received a donation from

one of our supporters which got the ball rolling again.

With the help of one more donation we were able to complete the

restoration and the final result speaks for itself!!

Several people's contributions helped making this restoration

a reality. Michelle Jacobs was instrumental in finding two tusks in a

Port Elizabeth antique warehouse and she also spent a valuable

number of hours on Easter Monday helping with the paintwork

on the walls behind the elephant. Two volunteers from

the Netherlands, Martin and Tim Pastoors spent several

enjoyable days working with us as well. Two local men, Matthews and

Sonwabile from the Gartner SA YES-team worked tirelessly throughout

the whole project.


For more information on the origins of this special elephant

and the team that brought her to Imizamo Yethu, please click here...


'Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!'

(John Maxwell)



Thank You Everyone!




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Community Upliftment Project - Phase 2



David and Lesley Mills from the UK and the Prins-family from the Netherlands -

Project sponsors


Earlier in the year we cleaned the badly neglected property next

to Iziko Lobomi. With the help of donations received from two families

David and Lesley Mills from the United Kingdom and the Prins-family

from the Netherlands we have installed two concrete benches

and planted some much needed grass in the past week (3 April 2019)

This is very exciting project because on the same day we

did this we received a request from the two ladies running the

Panda Play School at Iziko Lobomi to please also erect some swings

for their kids!

This will be our next phase and we can't wait for the new grass

to establish and for the swings to come into operation.

Green space for relaxation is very scarce in

Imizamo Yethu and this area will most certainly be much

enjoyed by young and old in the future!


Thank You Guys!



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Shoe Cleaning - In Style!


One of Sisa's first (happy) customers!

Over the years, Iziko Lobomi has been a springboard

for many budding, creative and innovative entrepreneurs.

One of the most famous ones is the now successful,

and world-renown Original T-Bag Designs company that

started their first operations on a couple of wooden trestles

and a house-door as working top in Iziko Lobomi almost twenty

years ago.

Our latest entrepreneur, Sisa, opened his door for business

last month: Sisa Shoe and Jacket Cleaning Services.

There was keen interest in his service right

from the first day and we all hope that he will

be prosperous and successful!


Good Luck Sisa!



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Our First Learning Centre Graduate!

2019 has truly been a year of 'FIRSTS' !

On the 14th of January this year we had our first evening classes in our

new Lecture Room and on Wednesday the 13th of March 2019

we had our first student, Sonwabile Ndlumbini, that earned an online

 Certificate in 'Construction Safety' through the online Alison College.

He was assisted by our full-time Learning Centre assistant, Asiphe Krishe.

Both of them are part of the 2019 Gartner SA YES-team.

This college was recommended to us by Kat Thorne from

'The Commonwealth Education Trust' based in London. Kat is the Head of

of Learning and Educational Development and visited Iziko Lobomi in April

last year after a friend, Karlo Hendriksz from First Plan Town Planners,

 referred her to us.



Kat Thorne - The Commonwealth Education Trust   www.cet1886.org


When she visited Iziko Lobomi our Learning Centre was still 'under construction'

and she recommended that once completed, we should consider

 encouraging adults to make use of Alison.com which is very popular

throughout the world and particularly in other African countries.

With computers donated by Gartner SA it is possible for adults, through

Alison.com, to study and earn earn Certificates and Diplomas in nine

different fields which include:

Health, Humanities, Science, Marketing, Business, Language,

Information Technology, Lifestyle and Mathematics.


A Team Effort All the Way!

We have said it so many times in the past twenty three years that

 everything about Iziko Lobomi evolves around TEAMWORK.

Dedicated, caring men and women, dedicated organisations and churches,

dedicated businesses - local and abroad, all played their roles (and still do) in making

this facility a reality and enabling the HBCCA to be able to offer these invaluable

services and opportunities for the community of Imizamo Yethu.


All we can say as HBCCA Management Board is:



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Visiting Friends from Abroad

We were privileged to receive visits from our very special friends

from Australia and the Netherlands in the past two months.

Our friends from Melbourne, Australia, Oscar and Phyllis Visagie have been

loyal friends and supporters for more many years already.

They played a crucial role in raising funds in Australia for our

Patricia Wood Memorial care rooms which was inaugurated in 2007.

They also contributed towards the Play School upgrade at the end

of last year. Oscar and Phyllis were joined by their local family which

made for a most joyous time together.

Our other friends were the Prins-family from the Netherlands.

They visited Iziko Lobomi for the second time after their

first visit in 2018. They were co-sponsors of the upgrade

 of the Play School room which was finished

in October last year.

They surprised Tebo with a backpack full of stationery

for his after school children!

Thank you very much guys!



Oscar and Phyllis Visagie (left) with their family

Prins-family with their stationery gift displayed on Tebo's study room table






Nicole Richie




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Ambitious Community Upliftment Project




AFTER! ;-)

The HBCCA has tackled one of their most ambitious community upliftment

projects at the beginning of January. After six grueling weeks the project

was completed by the four dedicated, hard-working

Gartner SA YES proramme men.

For a long time we were eager and keen to do something about the

fire damaged house adjacent to our property. Rubble from the burnt down

house spoiled the front lawn of this house and loads of rubbish

 and garbage were spoiling the inside and outside areas around

the house and were in urgent need of attention.

As soon as the rain season starts, and the building is still unoccupied,

 attention will be given to areas covered with lawn and will be serviced by

 our garden service contractor together with Iziko Lobomi's gardens.

We hope that by the end of the year a nice green area will be available

where children can play and adults can relax.

This property belongs to the ANC-party and our involvement is purely

a gift and contribution to the community.



Three of the four men that worked tirelessly

for more than six weeks on this project - from left to right:

John Hendricks, Matthews Simayele, Sonwabile Ndlumbini

and absent Siphoxolo Taythumpu.

Thabane Matyitilili also made a contribution the first three

weeks before he had to leave the group to continue his








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First Evening Training Classes very Popular



The first evening training sessions commenced on Thursday evening the

 14th of January in our new Lecture Room. The response from local

residents was overwhelming with 23 men and women that attended

 the first two evening sessions of a four-week training

course in Customer Care.

Several enquiries have already been received with requests for

 a repeat next month. To the HBCCA's management this is so encouraging

 because for many years the dream was to be able to offer this type

 of service to our community and now this has become a reality at last!




A BIG Thank You

 to all our sponsors that

helped us to make this facility possible last year!





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Gartner YES Youth Group going on their first outing



The eight youths from the Gartner SA Youth Employment Service (YES)

programme  went on their first outing on Saturday the

19th of January 2019. They went up at the back of Table Mountain

to see where four of South Africa's oldest dams are situated.

The HBCCA has been given the responsibility to train and present a

 range of employment opportunities to these men and women

for the next 12 months.


They are all from the local community and the aim is to enhance their

CVs with experience that will make them prime candidates for

new jobs they will apply for after completing this programme.






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Positive New Year Beginning for Learning Centre

Our Learning Centre started the year with its first two-day training course

for nine people. Everyone are so excited at the potential of this facility.

Our first evening training sessions are also scheduled for the 24th

 of this month.

We have also started capturing data from residents this week. People

 were literally queuing to give us their details. Everyone are so keen

in receiving training that can help them in their current jobs or help

them making their CVs more attractive for prospective employers.

The information we are collecting will be used in relevant future training

 promotions. We are planning to send text messages out

manually for the time being but will be able to incorporate this

information into our future Training App which we are confident

will be up and running as soon as we have found

 a sponsor for it.





Customer Care Training for nine students




Practical role play session during training programme





Data Collection

Collecting information from residents




Our message to everyone is a simple one:


Knowledge Is Power


The More you Learn, The More You Earn!





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It is easy and quick to sign up...





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