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Life Skills graduates celebrate achievements in style

There was much glitz and glamour, laughter, singing and praise, on Saturday 1st December, as 24 Evangeline graduates celebrated the successful completion of their six month Life Skills Course. This course is an ongoing partnership between Evangeline Ministries and Masicorp Continue reading →

End of year fun and games at Masi Educare

The children at Masi Educare recently enjoyed their annual fun day celebration as a reward for a successful year of hard work. A group of volunteers organised various fun activities for the 150 children to get involved in, all of Continue reading →

Sports riding high at Ukhanyo

By Vince van der Bijl It has been a hectic year for sports at Ukhanyo Primary. Construction of the new artificial surface sports field is the cherry on the top of this remarkable 12 months. Cricket, rugby, soccer and netball Continue reading →

New sports field for Ukhanyo Primary School

by Vince van der Bijl There was great excitement at Ukhanyo Primary School this week when construction on the Let’s Play artificial field began. Lets Play in conjunction with Massmart/Walmart, Builders, Hitachi and Supersport have sponsored a 40 x 20m Continue reading →

Making every swipe count

We are excited to announce that Masicorp’s request to join the MyVillage programme has been approved! To get the fundraising ball rolling and kickstarting our registration, we need an initial 50 friends to support us by signing up. We are appealing Continue reading →

Building resilience through sport

The youth of Masiphumelele face many challenges each day. With many unemployed parents struggling to provide for the basics for their families, most young people are living in shacks with limited access to running water and sanitation. The threat of Continue reading →

Making Maths fun!

Over the last few years, we’ve shared with you the wonderful progress and results of our Maths Lab at Ukhanyo Primary School. Since the inception of this Maths Lab in 2015 (set up by volunteers Scott & Laurie) we have seen Continue reading →

Celebrating Heritage Day at Ukhanyo Primary

by Vince van der Bijl Every day I walk into Ukhanyo, something fresh, different and inspiring hits me. Every time. Today was no different. Assembly was packed with learners and staff celebrating Heritage day in tribal dress listening to headmaster, Continue reading →

More accolades for Ukhanyo coaches

8 Ukhanyo Coaches receive KFC mini-cricket coaching certificates by Vince van der Bijl KFC mini-cricket has been a real boost to our Ukhanyo cricket drive now staring at the under 7, 8 and 9 age group level. Mini-cricket ensures every Continue reading →

Masi Computer Lab shares successes in Indonesia

Computer Lab Project Manager and Assistant Finance manager Nyasha Sithole has just returned home from another exciting overseas adventure – once again sharing the news and achievements of Masicorp, as well as providing motivation for other librarians wanting to develop Continue reading →

Hard work pays off for Ukhanyo Primary sports coaches

Congratulations to Ukhanyo Primary sports coaches Nceba Jonas, Teddy Nyali, Feziwe Payi, Pam Ngcwana, Jade Schoeman and Frank Charlie who successfully completed a CATHSSETA accredited skills programme called the Coaching and Administration skills programme through eta. Last week Masicorp welcomed Nicole Jennings Continue reading →

Rugby Success for Ukhanyo School

Thanks to the MCC Masi 750 club children at Ukhanyo Primary School can now be seen playing rugby during PE classes and also in after school tournaments.  Ukhanyo School’s rugby teams (under 8, 9, 11, and 13) recently competed at Continue reading →

Work Begins at Chasmay Educare

Regular blog readers will know that Masicorp has been successful in uplifting pre-schools such as Masi Educare and the Home of Love to the point where they have received DSD funding and become sustainable operations. Our latest project is the Continue reading →

Thank you to Scott and Laurie Smith

Earlier this month we said goodbye and thank you to Scott and Laurie Smith who have now returned home to the United States after managing the Maths Lab at Ukhanyo School since 2015. The project has been a fantastic success, Continue reading →

Educational gifts for the English Hub

We are pleased to report a handover of educational goodies to the English Hub at Ukhanyo Primary School on Wednesday 18 April. Masicorp has a valuable partnership with cycling organisations in Cape Town: The Bicycling Empowerment Network (Benbikes), Qubheka, Pedal Continue reading →

Ukhanyo School Visits the Two Oceans Aquarium

Jean Tresfon, renowned marine conservation and wildlife underwater and aerial photographer, pilot, and ambassador of the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, recently donated 55 tickets for Ukhanyo learners and staff to spend the day at the Aquarium. The school Continue reading →

Wiber Solutions Visit Ukhanyo School

The Ukhanyo School sports coaches and English Hub have benefited from a free internet service from a local internet provider that visited the school just before Easter. Our thanks to Wiber Solutions for their support – as well as the Continue reading →

A Helping Hand for the High School

It has been a very difficult few years at Masiphumelele High School. Following protests in the community in 2015 and gang related crime that spilled over into the school in 2016 the learners were faced with a very difficult learning Continue reading →

A Life Skills Update from Wendy Ryan

Project leader, Dr Wendy Ryan recently updated us with the progress made on her life skills course so far this year. This course is run in partnership with Evangeline Ministries in South Africa and has almost doubled in size in Continue reading →

The MCC Masi 750 Sports Club – progress in 2018

Project leader Vince van der Bijl reports that Nceba, Teddy and the coaches have had a month of high energy and commitment. Following an outstanding academic year, the school is reaching much improved sport results and increased sports participation too. Continue reading →

National Systemic Test Results at Ukhanyo School

Ukhanyo Primary School has recently received the results of the 2017 national systemic tests. Scott Smith, project leader at Masicorp’s Maths Lab at the school, explains the results and puts the very encouraging progress made into perspective for us. Masicorp’s Continue reading →

The FACE team return to the Home of Love

In February 2014 Masicorp completed the renovation of the Home of Love pre-school in Masiphumelele and handed it back to the community on a sunny summer morning. The project was only possible thanks to the incredible fund raising efforts of Continue reading →

International Exposure for Masiphumelele Library

Masiphumelele library is a key resource for the community, providing both standard library services and valuable outreach and educational programmes. However, many visitors to the library may not realise just how much of a model the library has become to Continue reading →

Ukhanyo Rugby Players Shine

As part of the recently launched MCC Masi 750 sports club Teddy Nyali and Fundile Frank Charlie from the community have taken on the role of Ukhyano Primary School rugby coaches. They recently took the under 13 team to Langa Continue reading →

A New Development for the Stay & Play Group

Regular readers of our blog will be aware of our Stay & Play group held at Masiphumelele Library. We recently began an extension to this programme with the help of Yandiswa Mazwane, a local art therapist from Masiphumelele. Yandiswa has Continue reading →

A Mid-Year Break for our Bursary Students

We took the opportunity to catch up with our bursary students last weekend. Most of them were back in Masiphumelele for the break between the academic semesters. Fortunately it has been a trouble free period on campus at all universities Continue reading →

A Book Donation at the English Hub

We recently reported on the makeover at the English Hub in Ukhanyo Primary School. The English Hub has now received an fantastic donation from Neil van Blerk of Time Out Creations. He and his team dropped off eleven boxes of brand Continue reading →

Life Skills Graduation – July 2017

Last weekend saw the first graduation ceremony for 2017 for the Evangeline Ministries / Masicorp life skills training course. The team were present to greet the graduates at the usual venue at Living Hope near Masiphumelele. Our thanks to the Continue reading →

The MCC MASI 750 Sports Club

Ukhanyo Primary school is the only primary school in the Masiphumelele township. They play a limited amount of organized sport due to lack of facilities and sports staff. An organized sports programme will give the youth the excitement they seek, Continue reading →

Masiphumelele High School Careers Exhibition

This week saw a career exhibition hosted by Ikamva Youth at Masiphumelele High School. The event was an opportunity to provide advice regarding careers and further education opportunities to the learners at the school and was well attended by both Continue reading →

The English Hub at Ukhanyo Primary School

Regular readers of our blog will be aware of our English Lab Programme, which ran for five successful years at Ukhanyo Primary School. The programme was led by Jan O’Connor, with the help of many volunteers and school staff. We Continue reading →

Entrepreneur Training at the Business Hub

Last month Masicorp held an entrepreneur training event at the Business Hub at the Chasmay Road Campus. The event was delivered by ambassadors from Knowledge 2 Share, a non-profit organization from the Netherlands who we are pleased to partner with Continue reading →

2016 – A Great Year at the Maths Lab

The Maths lab at Ukhanyo School continues to produce extremely encouraging results. Following on from the practices developed last year, each day starts with a “morning dance”, and then learners work for 10 minutes on revision sheets that cover concepts Continue reading →

Horses for Causes

Masicorp is one of 14 NGO’s participating in Horses for Causes in 2017. The Horses for Causes Charity Race Day is hosted by the Riverside Estates Education & Upliftment Trust and consists of several events, culminating in the race day Continue reading →

A Great Start to 2017 For Masi Educare

There was some great news to start the new year for Masi Educare, when the pre-school received its official registration certificate from the Department of Social Development (DSD). Here is school principal Lindi Hangana proudly showing off the formal document. Continue reading →

Songezo Jim's Cycling Academy

We recently met up with one of Masiphumelele’s most famous residents, professional cyclist, Songezo Jim. Songezo has established a cycling academy in Masiphumelele and we are pleased to be able to help out by providing space for his bicycles at our premises Continue reading →

An Update From Masiphumelele Library

Congratulations are due to the graduates of the advanced computer literacy class held at Masiphumelele library. The library held a graduation day last week for all the members of the community that recently completed the Masicorp funded program. The graduates Continue reading →

Life Skills Graduation – December 2016

Last weekend we celebrated the graduation of another cohort of adult learners on the Masicorp / Evangeline Ministries life skills course in Masiphumelele. It has been another successful six months, with 15 ladies – and one man – from the community Continue reading →

Farewell to Doreen Zanyiwe

Last week we had the opportunity to sat farewell to Doreen Zanyiwe who formally retired from her role as the head of Ikhaya Labantwana Crèche in Masiphumelele. Masicorp has a long history with Doreen that goes back to 2001 when Continue reading →

Graduation Day at Masi Educare

Saturday was graduation day for Grade R at Masi Educare. We are pleased to share some of the photo’s of what was a very successful end to the academic year. It started with a lot of preparation – from the Continue reading →

Hiking with the Learners from Ukhanyo School

Masicorp has recently started working with Cape Town based Active Hearts to provide outdoor activities for the children at Ukhanyo Primary School. Active Hearts have a mission to involve and train children, from differing, disadvantaged areas across Cape Town, in various sports Continue reading →

Wonderbags for use in Masiphumelele

It is pleasing to know that something good came out of the load shedding period that South Africa experienced during 2008. On one of those long dark nights in Johannesburg, Sarah Collins leapt out of bed at two in the Continue reading →

Elize Reaches the End of the Trail

Many blog readers will be aware of Masicorp volunteer Elize Taylor’s efforts to raise funds for sports facilities at Ukhanyo School by trail running this year. We are pleased to report that she has just completed her final event on Continue reading →

Watch Simphiwe Ndzube on SABC

Every Thursday evening SABC1 screens a programme called 100% Youth. The show describes itself as follows: The majority of our youth follow populist cultures but there are those who stand out, are grounded and comfortable in non-mainstream cultures and art-forms; Continue reading →

Movement lessons for the Masi Educare learners

We are always grateful to the many volunteers that give their time to support our educational projects. Recently we were pleased to receive assistance from Kate Meeser from the Department of Sport Science at Stellenbosch University. Kate gave her time Continue reading →

Let’s Play at Ukhanyo School

Let’s Play is a corporate social responsibility initiative developed by SuperSport and partners to make more children passionate about sport and schools to encourage physical education. Children in South Africa are perceived as becoming alarmingly inactive and many schools do Continue reading →

Celebrating Our Life-Skills Graduates

To celebrate Women’s Day we present an image gallery from last months life-skills graduation ceremony. Masicorp, working in partnership with Evangeline Ministries, provides a ‘Life Skills’ course for women in Masiphumelele with little or no previous education. The course takes six Continue reading →

Great Progress at the Maths Lab

Maths and science education in South Africa continues to be a problem area according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness report. While the methodology used in the report has been questioned it is painful to see the standard Continue reading →

A Braai With The Bursary Students

It is currently the mid-term break for our bursary students and most of them have returned home to Masiphumelele for the vacation. We took the opportunity to meet up with them for a social event around a braai last Saturday Continue reading →

Pack For A Purpose

Pack For a Purpose is an organisation that aims to make it easy for caring travelers to make a difference in the locations they visit. Established in 2010, the program encourages travelers to pack a few extra supplies they can Continue reading →

The Business Hub

In addition to promoting educational opportunities for the people of Masiphumelele, Masicorp has also provided ongoing business support to a number of entrepreneurs from the community. Examples include the long established Nonny’s Bakery and Nondeyebo Art, who now sell to Continue reading →

Elize's Challenge for Ukhanyo Sports Field

After completing a number of long distance running events in recent years, including the Comrades Marathon on a number of occasions, this year Masicorp fundraiser Elize Taylor is tackling trail running. Elize has set herself a sponsorship target of R25,000 Continue reading →

Bursary Case Study #6 – Avile Mabhengu

April is a busy month for our bursary recipients as CPUT and UWC host their graduation ceremonies. Amongst the students graduating this month is Avile Mabhengu who has just completed his diploma in environmental management at CPUT. Many students at Continue reading →

The Grand Opening of Masi Educare

The grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded Masi Educare pre-school in Masiphumelele took place last Friday. The pre-school was due to be formally opened by the Mayco Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Cllr Suzette Little. Continue reading →

New Bursary Students for 2016

The academic year in South Africa has been slightly delayed following last year’s #FeesMustFall protests, but this week a new cohort of first years students have registered at universities across the city. This includes eight new Masicorp bursary recipients from Continue reading →

Meeting up with our Masicorp Alumni

Last weekend we met up with the graduates from our bursary programme as we held our second alumni event, once again at the Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands. It was a slightly large event than our first meeting as we Continue reading →

A visit to Masi Educare

It has been almost two years since our American founders were last here in Masiphumelele, but we are pleased to say the team has arrived back in South Africa and is visiting our projects this summer. One of the first Continue reading →

Thank You to all of our Volunteers

The work that we do in the community of Masiphumelele would not be possible without the time and commitment given by our amazing team of volunteers. As a thank you for their efforts this year we recently hosted a small Continue reading →