With an improved quality of life and a prosperous, peaceful nation as the outcome, the intention of the South African Department of Basic Education is to develop and maintain an education system where all citizens have access to lifelong learning. However help is needed from all quarters of society.
In support of this view, Afrasia Bank has continued to provide significant backing to South Africa’s biggest charity event, the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, through which a substantial contribution is made to education in the Cape Winelands. In 2015 the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction broke every fund raising record in the country when an astonishing R10.565 million was raised in less than three hours.
“Last year, we were very fortunate to raise 50 percent more than the first auction and hope to maintain that trend with the help of our sponsors. The results of the endeavours of the 19 beneficiaries are quite incredible and have an amazing impact on youth and education in the community - from Crèche to career,” said Mike Ratcliffe, Trustee of the Cape Wine Auction Trust and MD of Warwick Wine Estate.
By advancing skills, education and training to empower youth onto the path of success, the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction has raised substantial funds over three years, as witnessed by the growth of networking and educational skill-building capacities in the Cape Winelands community.
“We are incredibly proud to be lead sponsor of the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, who share our commitment to making a real difference in the lives of many South African children, upholding Nelson Mandela’s belief that, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’,” said Sanjiv Bhasin, CEO of AfrAsia Bank.
Founding sponsor, Afrasia Bank came on board in 2013 - providing a similar support to education as they do in Mauritius. American Express is also a key supporter and is sponsoring the Friday evening American Express Barrel Tasting & Auction this year, continuing from 2015. In turn, both sponsors are fully engaged in evolving the project.
As just one example, the Click Foundation is a successful online platform which has put programmes in place that encourage students to use a phonetics system to learn English.
“With a focus on foundation phase literacy, Click has reached over 13 000 students across the country by providing training, support and monitoring individuals to make language accessible and simple to learn,” said Nicola Harris South Africa’s most successful charity fund-raiser.