At SCIP Engineering, we say the most important bridges we build are between human beings.
The “Pampoenkoets” is proof of our determination to build bridges between the people of our communities. What is the “Pampoenkoets”? It’s a story that shines with hope and its starts with the Newclare Reformed Church.
The church has been without a reverend for the past 15 years, simply because and they cannot afford to appoint one. However, the congregation has survived together, despite the fact they are a very poor coloured community who come from areas as far and wide as Westbury, Newclare, Claremont, Coronation, Riverlea and Noordgesig.
The members from Riverlea and Noordgesig live some 10 to 15 km from the church and most of them are elderly pensioners who are dependant on transport to and from church, which was provided by the church’s old bakkie‚ until the bakkie was stolen and the congregation left stranded.
The Youth Group was also devastated, because as it is a dangerous area, especially for girls to walk the streets, they wouldn’t be able to attend their group on a Friday night.
SCIP Engineering stepped in – building a bridge – by offering the congregation the use of their orange van over the weekends. Nicked named the “Pampoenkoets” because of its orange colour, the Youth Group were so impressed they also baptised the van “Shine”.
Mama Mirriam Sithole – A world touched
We are given the opportunity to realise that we share the world, a world that has touched us differently, and once we allow ourselves to touch each other’s worlds in a meaningful way we begin to actualise the words of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela when he said:
“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”
Mama Mirriam Sithole, an 86-year-old lady from Alra Park, provided us with an opportunity to touch her life this Mandela Day. She is currently raising her two grandchildren aged 10 and 4 on her own with a minimal income. She had a concrete floor in her one-and-a-half-bedroom RDP home and very much wished that her home could be tiled.
SCIP took the initiative to donate the tiling material as well as the manpower to tile the entire house for mama Mirriam and her family. Though a meaningful imprint on Mama Mirriam’s life the SCIP family wanted to do more so we donated clothing, shoes, toys, books, blankets and non-perishable food to the Sithole family.
SCIP was also given the opportunity to be part of a project to rehabilitate the Alra Park community pool that now shines blue for all the children to enjoy this coming summer.
The gratitude expressed by Mama Mirriam was nothing shy of humbling. Mandela had a dream of a better place a place that we all need to work towards, together.
CESA Relay 2016
A number of employees made up the SCIP team and took part in the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) relay on Saturday the 03 September. It took great dedication from our team to get to the Kyalami Country Club as early as 07:00 on a Saturday and still serve, run, walk, play volleyball and cycle with the energy the team had.
It took even more dedication for some of our team members to take part in more than one activity in the blistering heat. Congratulations to the SCIP cycling team that won gold in the recreational category.
It was, indeed, a great day with colleagues and family that speaks to the core of our business, “Building Communities”.
Every company that cares about its employees makes an effort at ensuring their wellness including fitness – so we would like to thank the management of SCIP for sponsoring its employees to take part in this great event.