Covid-19 hit South Africa hard, leaving the country in a state of emergency and economic shock, with a national lockdown driving all sectors to respond swiftly as more and more people lost their income.
Combating extreme hunger, capacitating health facilities and preparing testing/isolation centres became an immediate priority for SIOC-CDT as the virus continued to claim lives.
Bizniz in a Box
The Bizniz in a Box Youth Empowerment Programme was approved within SIOC-CDT at the end of 2017 and is currently in implementation in Thabazimbi.
Joe Morolong road project
SIOC-CDT, in partnership with the Department of Roads and Public Works in the Northern Cape, funded the Joe Morolong road project.
Bachelor of Education Project
SIOC-CDT partnered with the Northern Cape Department of Education and invested in the provision of high quality, content-rich and properly accredited teacher/professional development programmes through Rhodes University’s Centre for Social Development (CSD), the Mathematics Education Project (RUMEP) and the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA).
SIOC-CDT funded PILO to implement a district-based change model in the John Taolo Gaetsewe Education District. This was based on SIOC-CDT’s strong commitment to sustainable education change.
DAIP Quality Education Program
As part of its commitment to improve the socio-economic conditions of its beneficiary communities, SIOC-CDT invested a great deal of resources in the provision of quality education.
Re A Fola Project
SIOC-CDT funded the Re A Fola project in the John Taolo Gaetseewe district in response to the growing need for access to healthcare facilities in the district. This initiative was in partnership with the Northen-Cape Department of Health. SIOC-CDT plans to roll out the project in the Tsantsabane Municipality.
Masilo Maria Leu Multipurpose Centre
SIOC-CDT funded the construction of the Masilo Maria Leu Multipurpose Centre, which was officially opened on the 5th of December 2014. The centre was named after the late Ms Masilo Maria Leu, who was a well-known anti-apartheid activist.
SIOC-CDT Bursary Program
Since its inception, SIOC-CDT has been offering bursaries to deserving young people from its beneficiary communities to study at various higher education institutions across the country.
Olifantshoek Sports Facility
SIOC-CDT has funded the upgrade of an existing sports facility in Olifantshoek for R21-million. This project was approved by the Trustees of SIOC-CDT in November 2012.
SIOC-CDT's primary goal is to implement sustainable socio-economic initiatives through partnering with key stakeholders to ensure that beneficiary communities have sustainable income and are empowered to thrive beyond the lifespan of the mine.