South Africa is renowned worldwide for its high levels of crime and violence. Crime affects every South African - it sees no colour, crosses all age barriers and seems to have permeated all levels of the broader South African community. It is with this in mind that Oasys Innovations, the leading exhibition company in Africa, decided to show their support against crime in the Johannesburg South community by hosting their annual golf day in aid of charity.
“As our head office is based in Booysens, we decided to do our bit towards stopping crime in our community and as such looked for a charity that addresses issues of crime at grass roots level. After consulting with the Booysens Police we decided to choose Vuka Ukhanye Africa (Vuka) as this year's benefactor,” comments Oasys Innovations Managing Director Brian Kennedy.
Vuka focuses on women and children, particularly those in disadvantaged areas and has been working in the Soweto Community (in partnership with the South African Police Service) since 2003. Vuka has 24 successful programmes currently running in Soweto including a feeding scheme, a hydroponics programme and a moral regeneration programme.
“We have recently extended Vuka's areas of influence to JHB South and have formed a partnership with the Booysens SAPS, the Ward Councilors and big business,” says Vuka's Chairperson, Fanny Mokoena. “The proceeds of the golf day, hosted by Oasys Innovations, will go towards funding two of Vuka's programmes that are running in partnership with the Booysens Police Station and other key role-players.”
The first programme is a Community Based Crime Prevention Strategy (the Peace and Development Programme “PDP”) that will assist the area of Johannesburg South by providing a holistic crime prevention strategy to the community as the SAPS cannot combat crime on its own. This initiative will not only protect the community but it will also empower the youth of the area to find employment.
The second programme is one for children who are victims of abuse. The process involves the establishment of a Place of Safety to act as a halfway house for police to refer children before placing them in foster care or children's homes.
Brain Kennedy comments, “Our golf day is planned for 4 October 2007 and will be hosted at Dainfern Country Club. We are looking forward to handing over the proceeds from the day and know that the monies raised from this event will go a long way in helping reduce crime in our area.”