Celebrating 20 years


TOP TEAM: Employees of Mdantsane’s Highway SuperSPAR who have been there since the start are, Thandeka Mahlathi, Bongiwe Shweni, Mongezi Booi and Noluthando Mapipa Picture:SIVENATHI GOSA

Celebrating two decades in the business, SuperSPAR Highway in Mdantsane recently honoured their five “long service” workers who have been with them since the beginning.

Noluthando Mapipa, Nonzwakazi Mabandla, Nosipho Lobese, Thandeka Mahlathi, Bongiwe Shweyi and Mongezi Booi all shared their gratitude about the positive effect SPAR had had on their lives.

“I started working for SPAR in 1999, where we were taken to Southernwood for training as cashiers. We were then taken to Mdantsane, where received more training, specifically on how to handle customers,” Mapipa said.

“SuperSPAR Highway was officially opened on March 25 1999 and six months after the opening of the store, I was promoted as the supervisor,” said Mapipa.

“Before being a SPAR employee, we were not business minded. Throughout these 20 years, we gained a lot of knowledge in terms of customer services, communication skills and many more.

“They are also providing us with some educational programmes for employees. SPAR also gives learnerships to university students during their holidays, so that they can gain some work experience and earn a stipend,” Mapipa said.added.

The original SPAR burned down in October 2013 and the employees were left jobless for three months until the new owners took over and re-employed them.
“We are grateful to the owners because they could have hired a new team, but they decided to take us back after the tragedy. We would like to thank SuperSPAR Highway for the opportunities that they have granted us with,” said Mapipa said.

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This initiative caters for 32 children who are taken care of full-time.

“The new centre in Fort Jackson was built by the Moldenhauer Group. We are currently adding to the centre with a new bathroom and laundry room,” marketing and corporate social investment coordinater of Moldenhauer Group Alexi Carreira said.

Moldenhauer Group has partnered with Bulelani Fowl, from the Real View Foundation. The initiative feeds just over 500 children three times per day on a budget of R1,300 per week.

Originally, the Moldenhauer Group became involved when the bricks ordered for the building of the church of the church were stolen. Build It stepped in and offered to build and finish the church.

“Not only have we opted to build the church, but as a method to help self-sustain the members of the church, we have initiated a plastic bottle recycling initiative which sees thousands of plastic bottles being gathered and recycled. The proceeds are put back into the church and the surrounding community,” Carreira said.

Moldenhauer also supports a number of outreach programmes every week with food.

“We donate food parcels to the following organisations on a weekly basis: Masizakhe Children’s Home, Ethembeni Old Age Home, Mamas Club Old Age Home, Siyazama Old Age Home and Kukhulu HIV Centre,” Carreira said.


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