Socio-Economic Development

The AGF hosts and implements socio-economic development projects and initiatives that result in a positive social change and public benefit, as approved by Section 18(a) of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962.

The objective of this pillar is to become the prime driver of progressive social change in our sphere of influence.

In seeking to realise the overall and operational objectives of this programme, the AGF partnership with Impilo Foster Homes NPC is supporting Impilo Village Timsrand.

This initiative includes 20 foster homes which will house 6 – 8 children each and foster parents in a secure environment. This will all be supported by community facilities, such as schools, crèches, clinics, a skills development centre and a number of open spaces. It will also include services that help orphans AIDS orphans to grow up in families, groups and communities.

This seeks to address a number of social ills which are brought about by the effects of urbanisation such as the rise of street kids, HIV infections & crime.
Opportunities are provided for an improved quality of life for the orphans at their different stages of society.

 

Foster Homes Development

Foster Homes Development

The objective of this pillar is to become the prime driver of positive social change in the country.

In seeking to realise the overall and operational objectives of this programme, the Abcon Group Foundation is looking at piloting Impilo Village Timsrand as the first of many initiatives around the country which includes:

  • A number of foster homes which house 6-8 children and foster parents in a secure environment which are supported by community facilities, such as schools, crèches, clinics and open spaces with services and networks that help orphans which are mostly as a result of the AIDS pandemic to grow up in families, groups and communities in order for their social needs to be met.
  • This seeks to address a number of social ills which are brought about by the effects of urbanisation such as the rise of street kids, HIV infections and crime. The AGF will be used as a driver to ensure a sustained and integrated supply of such facilities.
  • This will provide an opportunity for an improved quality of life for orphans at their different stages of society.
  • Impilo Foster Homes NPC are represented by their CEO who also sits on the board of the AGF as a champion to this pillar.

Impilo Village Timsrand

According to a study done by UNICEF South Africa, the country has the world’s largest number of HIV-infected people with an estimated 3, 7 million orphans in South-Africa of which half of them lost their parents due to AIDS. It is estimated that almost 300 000 AIDS orphans are found in Gauteng Province.

Impilo Foster Homes NPC took the initiative to develop foster homes across Gauteng. The foster homes are being developed with donations received and will be supported by the Village Church Lonehill, City Hill Church, The Rivers Foundation and many other companies and organisations. The Abcon Group was approached for assistance in purchasing the property and developing the Impilo Village. This development will provide homes for ± 200 children who are mostly orphans as a result of the AIDS pandemic.

Property Particulars

The property is known as Holding 14, Timsrand Agricultural Holdings and it measures 2, 6 hectares in extent. It is situated on the southeast corner of the Du Toit Road and Koedoe Road intersection which is within the jurisdiction of the City of Tshwane Municipality. The AGF and Impilo Foster Homes NPC jointly own the property by means of undivided share. It is currently being used as an agricultural dwelling consisting of one existing main dwelling house, two cottages, outbuildings, a tennis court and a swimming pool. The area surrounding the property consist mostly of agricultural holdings.

Proposed Land Uses

The proposed foster homes will consist of the following:

  • Ground floor: Bedroom with on-suite bathroom for foster parents, living room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, double car port, guest bathroom, covered patio
  • First floor: Three bedrooms (for six orphans), two bathrooms and a study area
  • Accommodation on Site: will be provided for ±41 professional staff members and supporting staff members. The buildings will be ±1 600m² in total.
  • A crèche which will be ± 225m2 in total
  • The Primary School will be approximately 400m² in total and the Special Needs School will be ±300m² in total
  • The Skills Transfer Centre which will help children who are not academically very strong to develop other skills. This centre will be ± 250m² in total
  • A communal laundry building will also be developed for the village which will be ± 50m² in total
  • The details of the proposed development can be seen on proposed site development plan and detail architectural plans

Access to the village will be controlled by means of a boom gate and a sliding gate to ensure the safety of the children

Crèche and Community Centre

Crèche and Community Centre

Abcon Group Foundation has been focused on Genesis Crèche in Diepsloot since December 2010. In the past, they were operating out of a tent which is not the most suitable environment as it gets very hot in summer, cold in winter and the tent has been blown down in heavy winds and rain. AGF assisted with the refurbishment of containers to be used as a classroom, an office and a storeroom which has made an immediate impact on the school and the lives of the children.
Work continued during the course of 2011. A roof was constructed over the play area. The fence, the bathroom and kitchen facilities were all upgraded.

Cosmo City Community Park

Cosmo City Community Park

The AGF donated R250 000 towards the development of the Cosmo City community park which is located next to the Impilo Foster Homes. This park will be accessible to the rest of the community but will be strictly controlled by volunteering community members.

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