Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) made it possible for IkamvaYouth in North West to make tangible and enduring difference to the academic performance of the Ikageng learners. IkamvaYouth is generously accommodated at the Thembalidanisi Intermediate School, the school that bigheartedly offered 3 classrooms, 1hall, computer room as well as an office space. Late last year, the school was vandalized and stripped of electricity cables, ceiling, plumbing pipes as well as tabs. By the great virtue of renovating our working space, ABI renovated the Thembalidanisi Middle School. Doors and cracked windows were replaced, barglar gates were installed, a wall was broken down to extend the hall, ceilings were replaced, toilets were replaced and repaired, taps and plumbing pipes were replaced, electricity cables re-connected and a library was established. Three weeks of marathon renovations made all this possible.

Our dearest funders went beyond our request for renovations, they established a library. The active reading culture is now becoming a glorious reality for the Ikageng learners. The school’s educators and learners were involved in the renovation process so they could feel they had a hand in the transformation in their school.

ABI hosted a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) day on the 9th of April, at the Thembalidanisi School. This was done in appreciation of the work that they have done as well as to mobilize its staff to oversee the finishing touches on renovations. The crew came in large numbers to help with painting, cleaning and shelving up the library. We had the support from the Klerksdorp as well as the Johannesburg team; they were willing to give up their comfortable offices just to try to make IkamvaYouth feel at home in their working space as well as leave Thembalidanisi a better school than they found it. This is the spirit that drives ABI. A standing ovation goes to the CSI crew!!

We would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to Thembalidanisi Middle school as your generosity helped make our vision a reality. Classes were suspended as the whole school was involved in the final touches of renovations. ABI has indeed filled two needs with one deed.

We owe a huge thank you to our dedicated learners.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Renovations! Now that’s Innovation!

Lloyd Lungu

031 909 3590
2525 Ngcede Grove, Umlazi AA Library, 4031

Lloyd is a self-disciplined and highly goal-driven Industrial Psychology Honours graduate. He is currently a Master's candidate completing his second year of M.Com in Industrial Psychology at the University of the Free State. Lloyd joined IkamvaYouth as a learner in 2012, after matriculating he came back and volunteered as a tutor for the duration of his undergraduate studies at UKZN. He later worked as an Intern in the Chesterville branch. His passion for youth empowerment and inclusion has grown enormously through his time and experience gained within IkamvaYouth and has inspired him to provide career guidance to young township people. He is currently working at the Umlazi Branch as a Branch Assistant.