67 minutes for Madiba - 18 Jul 2019
In celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, OSTI visited the Othandweni Family Care Centre in Soweto on 18 July 2019.
Upon arrival, OSTI staff members were given a tour of Othandweni and had the privilege to meet the children and their caregivers. Thereafter, OSTI staff washed windows and swept for 67 minutes in the spirit of the 67 years Nelson Mandela fought for social justice.
OSTI also handed over a donation to the family centre comprising a Speed Queen 8.2kg tumble dryer, three packs of washing pegs, three drying racks for clothes, a 52-meter replacement washing line, seven 5kg bags of washing powder, 21 laundry softener refill bags and nine 1500w heaters.
Fruit donation to the Princess Alice Adoption Home - 22 May 2019
This OSTI used sustainable centre pieces for its Annual Report Launch again this year. Beautiful fruit arrangements were dismantled and donated the Princess Alice Adoption Home.
We hope our donation makes a difference!
OSTI visits Princess Alice Adoption Home - 25 Mar 2019
The Princess Alice Adoption Home is a place of safety for babies who have been abandoned, consented for adoption or orphaned.
In the spirit of Human Rights Day, OSTI visited the Princess Alice Adoption Home to hand over a donation comprising 30 jumbo boxes of nappies, 21 large cans of formula, 50 bottles of baby food, 30 boxes of baby porridge/cereal, 8 packs of wet wipes, 10 bottles of baby soap and 10 tubs of baby jelly.
Jo-Anne Schermeier, the manager of Princess Alice Adoption Home, said: “We are so very grateful for the wonderful and generous donation of milk formula, nappies, toilet paper, and many more essential items from OSTI. The amazing donation came to us at the most critical time, and especially the milk formula for our babies, as we are battling to get stock from our suppliers and this then results in us having to purchase at full retail price, which is not in our budget. We are humbled and blessed by the compassion for our children by the OSTI staff. Thank you so much”
OSTI donates Back-to-School goodies! - 13 Dec 2018
OSTI visited the Othandweni Family Care Centre and Masibambisane Centre for Orphaned and Vulnerable children.
The team handed over a donation comprising 90 stationery sets, 60 modelling dough sets, 60 pairs of scissors, 60 glue sticks, 60 exercise books, 60 puzzles, 60 sets of oil pastels, 7 boxes of printing paper, 22 ballpoint pens, 50 examination pads and 222 counter books.
"We hope that our donation sets the children up for a positive academic year", said Marilize Blignaut, project coordinator at OSTI.
OSTI supports the Santa Shoebox Project - 11 Oct 2018
The Santa Shoe Box project is a wonderful initiative which aims to provide underprivileged and impoverished children with gifts over the festive season. OSTI recognizes the value in uplifting our community and, together our staff, we donated a total of 52 shoeboxes on the 11th of October 2018.
We hope that our donation will bring a smile to a few more little faces this year.
OSTI visited Masibambisane - 03 Aug 2018
In the spirit of Mandela day, OSTI visited the Elton John Masibambisane Centre for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children on 3 August 2018 in Eldorado Park.
Masibambisane, which means "lets pull together", is committed to fighting hunger among school-going children and strives to ensure that no child goes to bed with an empty stomach. OSTI recognizes the value supporting its community and donated an LG 13kg washing machine, 1 braai stand, 3 search multi plugs, 2 folding tables, 8 chairs, 2 extension reels, 40 sanitary pads,10 storage boxes, 5 hands towel, 5 bath towels, 5 paint sets, 5 art brushes,10 boxes of printing paper and two printers.
“It is so difficult to express my gratitude when I receive gifts from The Ombudsman for Short Term insurance (OSTI). Whatever we put on our wish list, they respond accordingly. I always look forward to receiving gifts from them because I know that we will get exactly what we need and they really fill the gap that we have and it’s amazing because they have Ubuntu (humanity)” said Mahlako, the Centre Manager.
The OSTI staff and interns enjoyed interacting with the children and engaging with the volunteers.
Othandweni Family Care Centre gets love from OSTI - 13 Mar 2018
In celebration of Human Rights Day, the office of The Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance (OSTI) donated gifts and equipment to Othandweni Family Care Centre in Soweto.
OSTI has supported Othandweni Family Care Centre for the past three years through the provision of items identified through their needs list. “During the visit, we donated 10 cot mattresses, two baby mats, 500 nappies, five bulk packs toilet papers, 80 packs of sanitary towels, 10 bags of washing powder, five kettles, five steam irons and two first aid kits,” said Marilize Blignaut, Project Coordinator at OSTI. “We were privileged to be taken on a tour of the Centre and were able to spend some time with children”.
Othandweni, which means “Place of Love”, is a Johannesburg Child Welfare non-profit organisation (NPO) that provides a range of direct child protection services for abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned and vulnerable children in the greater Johannesburg area of South Africa. The centre was established in 1984 and currently has 90 children from 0-18 years of age.
“We are extremely grateful for the donations. Our relationship with the Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance has been a tremendous one, they contact us regularly to find out what we need” said the Centre Manager, Phineas Phiti.
Back to school Stationery Drive - 05 Dec 2017
OSTI donated 60 Staedtler stationary sets and 60 pencil cases to Othandweni Family Care Centre which homes 30 orphaned babies and 60 school going children in Soweto. We also donated 30 school backpacks and a gazebo to the Elton John Masibambisane Centre for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children, which provides preschool care and a safe afterschool environment for children in Eldorado Park and neighbouring informal settlements of Slovo Park, Kliptown and Mandela Square.
We hope that our donation set the children up for a happy academic year!
OSTI continues supporting the Santa Shoebox Project - 02 Nov 2017
OSTI supported the Santa Shoebox project once again! Together with our staff, we pledged and donated 49 shoeboxes.
Mandela Day - 21 Jul 2017
In the spirit of Mandela day, OSTI donated 70 children’s chairs to the Elton John Masibambisane Centre for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children. This centre provides preschool care and a safe afterschool environment for children in Eldorado Park and neighbouring informal settlements of Slovo Park, Kliptown and Mandela Square. OSTI further donated 8 jumbo boxes of nappies and 20 fleece blankets to the Othandweni Family Care Centre which is home to 90 orphaned babies and children in Soweto.
Veggie Donation - 31 May 2017
Our Annual Report Launch sported creative vegetable center pieces which were donated to the Othandweni Family Care Centre.
Human Rights Day - 25 Apr 2017
In the spirit of Human Rights day, OSTI donated 4 oil heaters and 7 boxes of Easter eggs to the Elton John Masibambisane Centre for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children.
Mandela Day - 05 Feb 2016
OSTI joined in the celebrations of Mandela Day, a global movement to honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
Staff visited Othandweni Children’s home in Mofolo in Soweto where donations of baby products were given to the caregivers and time was spent playing with the toddlers and helping with the morning routine and setting up the newly established library in the home. In the afternoon, staff made their way to Masibambisane Centre for orphaned and vulnerable children where stationery and toys were given to preschoolers. OSTI also hosted a party for the children.
OSTI participates in the Santa Shoebox Project - 01 Dec 2015
The office also participated again this year in the Santa Shoebox initiative where gifts were collected and distributed to underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia. The Corporate Social Initiative Committee together with the staff contributed twenty boxes towards the project.
IThemba Walkathon - 25 Oct 2015
Staff of the Ombudsman's office participated in the 10th annual iThemba Walkathon which took place on 25 October 2015. The walkathon is aimed at raising funds for breast cancer education and awareness in South Africa.
Human Rights Day - 31 May 2015
In celebration of Human Rights Day, and as part of our corporate social responsibility programme, staff members visited the Othandweni Family Care Centre in Soweto and presented the children with a meal and gifts. Othandweni offers residential care for abused, abandoned and neglected children.
OSTI Participates in Take a Girl Child to Work Day - 28 May 2015
OSTI participated in the Take a Girl Child to Work Day on Thursday 28 May 2015. This national corporate social event has taken place in South Africa since 2003 and enjoys the endorsement of the Department of Education. The project seeks to provide girl children in grades 10, 11 and 12 across the country with platforms to deepen their thinking and aspirations about their role in society and more importantly show them what opportunities are available in the workplace. The Ombudsman hosted four grade twelve learners from Masibambisane Day Care which is a Centre for orphaned and vulnerable children in Eldorado Park; a charity identified and supported by OSTI’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. The learners spent the day at the office. They were given hands on experience as well as one on one consultation with the members of staff in various departments, including human resources, accounts, call center, secretarial and the assistant ombudsmen. We received positive feedback from the learners and it was a pleasure hosting these intelligent and ambitious young girls. We wish them well for the future!