Johannesburg. We took a tour together with our special visitors: Marianne de Jongh, Linda Diedericks and Willem Molenaar from The Netherlands Head of Development (Human Rights, Political and Legal Affairs) who came to find out more about our different programmes - Early Child Development, Healthcare, Enterprise and Supplier Development as well as Skills Development. We thank you for showing warm interest in our work.
On this international women's day we are proud to have launched a mobile clinic to the community of Orange Farm. Mothers, this is a good story to tell as you will have peace of mind knowing there is a clinic on wheels to serve you and your little ones. The clinic is expected to bridge the gap by supplying 1500 patients with access to maternal-child healthcare, dental care, TB and HIV/AIDS healthcare per month.
"The Orange Farm mobile clinic is the fifth collaborative project between Philips and Rhiza Babuyile," said Rhiza Babuyile Chairman, Alef Meulenberg.
Mr Rashuping Morake, Rhiza Babuyile's CEO, welcomed our honourable guests and spoke about our newest mobile clinic in the Orange Farm community. He emphasised healthcare as a priority and invited mothers in the surrounding areas to use our services.
We wouldn't have enjoyed this day without our sponsor, Philips and our partners, Afrika Tikkun and Discovery. There was a panel discussion where different topics on primary healthcare were touched on.
Rhiza Babuyile's Alef Meulenberg addressed the importance of having mobile clinics in township communities. Afrika Tikkun's Onyi Nwaneri spoke about community-based healthcare as a way to address the needs of people who currently don't have access to basic, quality healthcare to in turn facilitate community development. Discovery's Priscilla Morley highlighted the need to collaborate with private, public and non-profit sector to transform access to healthcare and to extend an open invitation to those not yet officially part of the Rhiza Babuyile partnership. Philips's Ntutule Tshenye spoke about a scalable, self-sufficient concept for primary healthcare delivery and social development that Philips is pioneering in Africa and aims to introduce across the continent as a solution to a shortage of healthcare facilities.
Mariska Venter from Philips shared her sentiments when she talked of the community of Orange Farm and the significance of partnering with other organisations to help develop township communities. "It gives us great joy to be collaborating with Rhiza Babuyile by bringing a mobile clinic where the community people will have access to healthcare."
We thank our presenter of the day, Birgit Vijverberg, COO of Afrika Tikkun, for running the programme. The day wouldn't have ended well without a tour to our mobile clinic where our audience enjoyed seeing their clinic on wheels. We couldn't hold back our excitement as we cut the ribbon with our sponsor and partners in celebration of the new mobile clinic.
A big thank you to everyone who came to multiply our joy with their presence. Special thanks to all our partners and sponsors in the Mobile Clinic: Philips, Afrika Tikkun, Different.org, SEE Trust, Promovendum and Discovery.
Last week we organized the Brand Positioning and Marketing event with Experian where township entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to a panel of judges. Only three could win.
Emotions ran high at the Brand Positioning and Marketing event with Experian when township entrepreneurs came in large numbers to pitch their businesses for a panel of judges.
The winners couldn't hold back their excitement when their names were called after their powerful pitches which impressed the judges. Congratulations to our winners who each won 12.500 Rand seed capital.
A big thank you to everyone who came to the event. We hope you will take the lessons with you and grow from them. Entrepreneurs who pitched but didn't make it, remember the words of Ellen DeGeneres: "When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important."