Project Sigangeni Update

For Orchid10, education is key to unlocking the potential of people to enable them to become part of a vibrant South Africa.

In 2010, Orchid10 adopted Sigangeni Junior Secondary School as its flagship social responsiveness initiative. Local villagers in1986 in response to a critical need to educate their children built this rural school, located in Cofimvaba district Eastern Cape, with mud bricks. Over time, the school buildings have succumbed to the ravages of time, the weather and simple neglect. The school is not unique in a South Africa where government is struggling to roll out basic infra-structure to fulfil the promises of basic education to all citizens wherever they are.

In September 2010, Orchid10 held a fundraiser for Sigangeni Junior Secondary School to raise awareness of the plight of the school as well as to mobilise support and resources for the school.  The event raised over R60,000 as well as a wide range of pledges that would support the school in transforming  from its current reality. Following the event, Orchid10 started working on Project Sigangeni in earnest.  This included engagement with the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape, meetings with architects as well as an Orchid10 Task Team visit to the Eastern Cape in October 2010.  During this visit, Orchid10 met with the school and arrange of other community stakeholders to come up with a strategy and project plan for this ambitious endeavour.  In December 2010, Boxer Build (owned by Pick and Pay) in Ngcobo, in honouring their partnership commitment to Orchid10, provided desks.  African Fashion International also donated some uniforms to the school.  Other partners also came through with pledges big and small, including (but not limited to) Chevron, Pep Stores Limited and Engen.

For 2011, we will continue with this project through strategic engagement with critical role-players as well as another fundraiser among other things.  Should you wish to be part of this exciting work, do let us know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it