Buffelshoek Trust Scouts

The Buffelshoek Trust is running a scouting programme with Scouts South Africa in four villages in the Manyeleti district of Bushbuckridge. This initiative is a direct result of the energy and enthusiasm for environmental and social sustainability in the region. Scouting actively engages and supports young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. This is achieved through learning-by-doing approaches that brings together values of leadership, team-work, self-motivation, commitment and perseverance. 70 Cubs, 45 Scouts ...

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Tertiary Education Support

Tertiary education is the level of education after high school, post-matric. This includes FET, University, and University of Technology. Tertiary education will give you the chance to expand your knowledge in a very specific area of study, and to learn from Professors who have a detailed knowledge of their subject to share with you. The Buffelshoek Trust does not currently provide any bursaries for Tertiary Education, but are working together with local partners such as the Sabi Sands Pfunanani Trust to make as much information available on the subject as possible. D...

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A Tale of Two High Schools: Mdluli and Manyangana

The Trust takes a holistic and longterm approach to the wellbeing and performance of its partner schools. This year saw a significant turn-around in Manyangana and Mdluli High Schools, with both a reduction in teenage pregnancy and higher pass rates. Mdluli saw the largest shift, where matric pass rate increased from 70,9% in 2013, 69% in 2014, and 93% in 2015. Manyangana matric pass rate rose from 32% in 2011, 92% in 2012, 99% in 2013, and 95% in 2014. In 2015, Manyangana had 45 distinctions and achieved a 100% pass rate for Maths. This year, 25% of Manyangana’s matric ...

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Technical Training Boosts Businesses

Now in the second year of its term, the Pfunanani Enterprise Development Project is in full swing. The first group of SMMEs, who completed their training, are undergoing a mentorship and technical training phase and the second group of SMMEs have commenced their business management skills training. The aim for the mentorships are to guide the SMMEs while they put their business management skills in to practice. The technical training is aimed at addressing specific skills required to develop their products and services to higher market standards. Technical training ...

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Tracking Development in Education

The Buffelshoek Trust is a leader in school Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) interventions in Bushbuckridge. To ensure each our of partner schools achieves its vision, we have developed an innovative intervention titled “Tracking Development in Education” that integrates school based M&E and the service learning of University of Johannesburg Honours in Development Studies. This month saw 19 Honours students complete a two-week intensive M&E at eight schools, including two high schools and six primary schools. The students collected data through observat...

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The Sabi Sand meets the PEDProject Businesses

The Pfunanani Enterprise Development Project aims to help 80 businesses reach their potential to act as suppliers and service providers to the existing Eco-Tourism Economy. To support the growth and development of the current intake of 40 village based businesses, business linkages manager Maria Honig arranged a tour for senior staff from lodges within the Sabi Sand.  The tour took lodge managers to 17 businesses  selected on their readiness to service lodge markets. The visits allowed lodge management staff to meet and greet business owners, exposing them to ...

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Calling all enterprises for the second round of PEDProject

Project Background: The Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust (SSPT), in partnership with Sabi Sand Wildtuin (SSW), Buffelshoek Trust (BT) and the University Of Johannesburg (UJ) initiated the Pfunanani Enterprise Development Project, in the Bushbuckridge area. The project is in its second year of operation and is inviting all existing and start up enterprises to apply for consideration to participate in the project. Rural SMME Capacity Building Programme: The purpose of the project is to provide business training, technical training, mentorship, workplace attachments and ...

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Visioning as Tool for Success

The Buffelshoek Trust is in the process of running visioning processes in all of our projects to encourage our communities to reflect on their dreams for change. Our mission is to enable the development of healthy, vibrant, economically sustainable and well-governed rural communities through demonstrating excellence in primary health care, adult learning and basic education. Visioning is the process of forming a mental image of where you would like to be in order to set goals, make plans, and solve problems that guide collective action for the future. Five stakeholder ...

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Love Soccer Love Rhinos

The Buffelshoek Trust's aim is to enable the development of healthy, vibrant, economically sustainable and well-governed rural communities in Bushbuckridge. Foundational to our mission is a healthy natural environment and a growing wildlife economy that includes all the residents of Bushbuckridge. A number of projects have been formed under the environment focal area of the Trust: The Pfunanani Enterprise Development Project: aims to develop 360 jobs and 60 businesses over the next two years, building important relationships between our reserves and communities in ...

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Tracking Development in Education

With support from MixTelematics and the University of Johannesburg (UJ), a service-learning component titled the “Tracking Development in Education Programme” took place in 8 schools in the Buffelshoek Trust’s network. 19 honours students spent two weeks monitoring, evaluating and learning (ME & L) about school performance and wellbeing, giving these aspiring professionals in Development, their first ever opportunity to bring the theories and skills that they have learnt in the classroom into a shared learning environment. How did the students benefit? They got ...

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