Mpumalanga’s Clover Mama Afrika wins performer extraordinaire award at this year’s Smarties Week
Clover Mama Afrika, Clover’s CSI project, has announced Mama Sipiwe Solomons as performer extraordinaire at an award ceremony during this year’s annual Smarties Week held in Johannesburg. Smarties Week is a hands-on training course that sees the Clover Mama Afrika ladies travel from different provinces across the country and unite to partake in a week of value added workshops
Solomons is the founder of Hosanna Community Church and Projects in Hazyview, Mpumalanga. She joined the Clover Mama Afrika project in 2009 and since joining has made many fantastic, positive changes in her community. Mama Sipiwe felt an overwhelming need to feed and care for vulnerable children in her area and through the project she is further able to provide a feeding scheme for orphans, run a hospice as well as home-based care for 140 children between eight and 14. Solomons has also recently built a guesthouse with five rooms and provides a variety of valuable services from education, counselling, food plots, mosaic, sewing and quilts.
The award comes with R5000 in prize money that will be used by Solomons to buy kitchen appliances and bathroom décor for her guest house. She will use the rest of the money to prepare her land in order for new seeds to grow,
She was thrilled at the announcement of her award and is proud to be part of the Clover Mama Afrika project. “Clover Mama Afrika has taken me out of my comfort zone and has showed me that so much can be achieved to better our lives. I strongly believe in building a community of responsibility. Clover Mama Afrika is the reason why my community has become hands up and no longer hands out,” says Solomons.
Professor Elain Vlok, manager for Clover’s corporate services and founder of Clover Mama Afrika, explains that “The Performer Extraordinaire Award is the yearly top Clover Mama Afrika award and it goes to a Mama that lives by her philosophy, which Solomon fits perfectly. She shows excellence by conscientiously getting the work done and relentlessly looking for ways to do it Way Better together with her members! She has won the performer extraordinaire award by building a community of responsibility and by being an exemplary and formidable Clover Mama Afrika who remains true to meeting all core objectives of the Clover Mama Afrika project with regards to sustainability, caring and nurturing those in need!”
The Clover Mama Afrika project started as a humble project 12 years ago and has since developed into Clover’s flagship CSI project. Winning many accolades along the way, the project has to date appointed 41 Mamas throughout South Africa. These remarkable women collectively care for over 15 500 children and 2 500 elderly people, many of which are abused, orphaned, homeless and vulnerable.
About Clover Mama Afrika
The Clover Mama Afrika project started as a humble project 12 years ago and has since developed into Clover’s flagship CSI programme. The project has to date appointed 41 Mamas throughout South Africa. These remarkable women collectively care for over 15 500 children and 2 500 elderly people, many of which are abused, orphaned, homeless and vulnerable.
Clover Mama Afrika empowers these Mamas with vital skills such as: cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, business management, food gardening and bread baking skills. Over and above the training sessions these women are all supplied with the necessary tools, equipment and infrastructure to create an income for themselves and give back to their communities. For more information on the Clover Mama Afrika project visit: www.clovermamaafrika.com