The Link Newsletter April 2021
Registration: Public Benefit Organisation


A New Chairman for The Link

The Link is thrilled to welcome Mbuyazwe Magagula as Chairman of The Link Trust. Mr Magagula takes over from Tim Bashall who has held the position of Chairman since 2014. We would like to take the opportunity to thank him for his continued input and service to The Link. We are fortunate to have Tim remain on the board as the trustee in charge of finances and fundraising.

Mr Magagula has been a trustee since 2019. He has extensive experience in the corporate world and is currently on secondment as CEO of Lodox Systems, an IDC investee company. He holds a B.Eng. (Chemical) as well as a B.Com. He is passionate about education and is looking forward to contributing to The Link in a meaningful way.

Face-to-Face Teaching Begins Again!

The Link at Orange Grove is the first of our centres to return to face-to-face teaching. After a request from the school, a core group of volunteers initiated an adapted, Covid compliant programme in mid-March. Mickie, one of our Centre Managers had this to say: "I was quite nervous to go back, it had been so long, but it was simply incredible. I had forgotten how sweet and precious the little grade twos are, they were so excited to join The Link and get their personalised attention. But it was the volunteers whose hearts were filled, and who were so thrilled to be able to make a difference again. Being back at The Link has reminded me how much I love this programme, and even though we currently can't make as big an impact as we normally do, I feel grateful to be back."

We remain in contact with our other partner schools and will continue with adapted face-to-face teaching as soon as each school and the ever changing situation allows. In the meantime, we will continue to provide whatever support we can. 

KPMG Book Drops

KPMG has been a supporter of The Link since 2012 when they did the first book drop. These book drops are the initiative of KFFL – the KPMG Family for Literacy. Theirs is a global mission to improve the literacy rate of primary school learners in order to lay the foundation for future success. To date, they have distributed internationally over 2 million books. This year, nine of The Link’s partner schools received story books for all their grade 2 learners. So many children in South Africa do not have books of their own. Having story books of your own can inspire a life-long love of reading. We are very grateful to KPMG for their contribution.

Home Learning Support

As we were unsure as to when we would be able to continue with face-to-face teaching, we made the decision to partner with Wordworks and their TIME learning from home programme this term. Wordworks has had huge success in sending out home learning programme packs. With many children still not attending school full-time and having missed out on so much work last year, the packs give parents or caregivers the resources and opportunity to build and reinforce basic literacy concepts in a fun but structured way. Packs have gone out to 2 350 children at our partner schools.

In addition to the Wordworks packs, The Link has developed our own unique numeracy home activity pack which has also gone out to all grade 2 children at the 7 Link schools where the numeracy programme is running.

UJ Volunteers for Westbury Link Centre

The Link was approached by the Community Engagement programme from University of Johannesburg (UJ) to offer volunteers for our programme. A number of UJ students, who are studying for a variety of degrees such as Accounting, Law, Education, Sociology and others, are generously offering their time to help with outreach programmes. This first group attended initial training at the UJ library at the end of March. They will be assisting at our centre at Westbury. We are hugely grateful to them for this commitment and look forward to having them join The Link team.
The Link is represented as a beneficiary on the global fundraising platform GivenGain. This allows supporters to donate easily from anywhere in the world.  It also gives people the opportunity to set up their own fundraising campaigns with The Link as a beneficiary.  This is very easy to do and can be anything from a once off donation, to donations in lieu of birthday gifts, to support/ sponsorship for competing in a sporting event.

Please support us by listing us as a beneficiary for the MySchool Card scheme. There can be more than one beneficiary linked to a card. For more information, please visit the My School card website.
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