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Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Wednesday, November 29: Cell C employee volunteers are spreading smiles this November as part of #CellCKindness month by coming to the aid of organisations at which they have volunteered throughout 2017.

Every year employees who have donated their time and/or financial resources are nominated for the annual Cell C CEO Employee Volunteer Awards.

This year’s winner is the Cell C KZN region, represented by Alicia Lutchman and Dean Jooste, who decided to put the R30 000 prize money received towards the Haven of Rest and other community projects.

The Haven of Rest is a non-governmental organisation housing a cluster foster care for HIV/Aids orphans, an old age home, a halfway house, a medical clinic, a school and hope centre for abused women. Situated at Tongaat on the KZN north coast, the Haven of Rest caters for a wide demographic of the community extending from Durban to Richards Bay.

The remaining three finalists all come from Gauteng and were given R10 000 towards their chosen beneficiaries.

  • Sarah Botes used her award to buy essential toiletries and nappies for the children looked after by the Grace Factory where she volunteers and today visited to hand over the much-needed supplies. The Grace Factory, founded in 2013, is a non-profit organisation that supports more than 80 Gauteng children’s homes by providing them with basic necessities such as clothes, blankets, toiletries, nappies and formula.
  • The Cell C IT Department, represented by Zulaikha Khota and the Technical Division team, put its awarded amount towards the Back to School Project and their third annual school bag project. Today they donated school bags and supplies for learners in need. 
  • Mirriam Mnisi and Teboho Mapheto have bought and given shoes and socks for learners who attend the Carter Primary School and Dr Knak Primary School in Alexandra with their award.

Says Suzette van der Merwe, Managing Executive Corporate Social Investment: “Employee volunteering is one of the strategic pillars of the broader Cell C CSI programme. The purpose of the Cell C Employee Volunteering programme is to support our employees who either wish to become volunteers or who are already involved in volunteering at a registered charity/NPO, and to recognise the contribution that they make. It also complements the outreach of Cell C CSI.”



As a proudly South African company, Cell C ascribes to the philosophy of compassion and kindness as the catalyst for real change. To this end, Cell C has introduced a humanitarian initiative to respond as quickly as possible to crises being faced by communities, humans or animals. November 13, 2017 was World Kindness Day. During the month of November 2017, Cell C is spreading smiles by encouraging acts of kindness. An act of kindness is a gesture of goodwill towards someone or something. It doesn’t have to cost anything or much; what’s important is that it’s an act of expressing genuine care for another person or living being. It’s contagious and an opportunity for people to work together, create positive energy and inspire hope.

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