October 2017

Tata Africa celebrates Tata Volunteering Week 2017

Tata Africa employees volunteer time and effort at the sustainable development project Oliver's Village in Putfontein and the children's home L'arche Zimbabwe, as part of Tata Volunteering Week 2017

Employees of Tata Africa Holdings (TAHL), Tata Automobile Corporation South Africa and Tata Africa Steel Processors, once again, contributed their time and effort to Oliver’s Village in Putfontein, Benoni, on September 22, as part of the Tata Volunteering Week 2017.

A sustainable development project, Oliver’s Village is a sustainable village which plans to be home to a wide variety of social services. The volunteers painted 20 kiosks which were recently constructed to serve as a flea market, and are installed in a fenced-off area within the bigger campus of Oliver’s Village. The volunteers also repaired the palisade fencing around the area, which had rusted in places.

  • Employees of Tata Africa Holdings, Tata Automobile Corporation South Africa and Tata Africa Steel Processors paint kiosks constructed to serve as a flea market in Oliver’s Village in Putfontein, Benoni
  • Tata Africa Holdings, Tata Automobile Corporation South Africa and Tata Africa Steel Processors employees repair the rusted palisade fencing around Oliver’s Village in Putfontein, Benoni
  • Employees of Tata Blackwood Hodge chop wood at L’arche Zimbabwe, a children’s home
  • Tata Blackwood Hodge employees wash linen at the children’s home L’arche Zimbabwe
  • Residents of L'arche Zimbabwe, a children’s home, enjoy lunch provided by employees of Tata Blackwood Hodge

Some of the volunteers also spent time with the children from the Early Childhood Development Centre at Oliver’s Village. Kitted out in their traditional outfits in celebration of Heritage Day, a public holiday in South Africa, the children were only too happy to entertain the visitors. The Early Childhood Development Centre looks after 120 disadvantaged children aged 1 to 5. Many children come from families affected by the AIDS/HIV epidemic.

TAHL‘s relationship with Oliver’s Village began early this year. Oliver’s Village currently manages four social projects, which include the Early Childhood Development Centre, Educational Learning Centre, Computer Training Centre, and the agri-business, home bakery and other enterprise projects.

Employees of Tata Blackwood Hodge visited L’arche Zimbabwe, a children’s home within their community, on September 15, as part of the Tata Volunteering Week. L’arche Zimbabwe caters to children with learning disabilities and has 24 inmates.

The team shared the responsibility of cleaning the home. Whilst some did laundry, others washed blankets and cleaned the fowl run; yet others did gardening, welding and chopping of firewood. Afterwards the employees had lunch with the kids, which was provided by the team, and stocked up groceries for the home.

The eighth edition of Tata Volunteering Week thus provided yet another opportunity for employees of Tata Africa to give back to society.