A mobile library donated to farm kids: “They deserve it all.”

Mei 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

(Afrikaans below)

On 14 May 2015 I attended the opening of a new mobile library that will service nine primary schools in the Rawsonville District.

There are more than 5000 books in the library and ten computers to provide internet access to users.

– Nine primary schools get served by the library

– More than 1 000 students will now have access to the books and the internet

This massive project was sponsored by Du Toitskloof Wines and  Douglas Green.


A trained librarian accompanies the truck. Her name is Anneline Syfers and she used to be a farm worker’s daughter who was given the opportunity to study.

Zille officially opened the library on May the 14th. As you can see in the picture, the press was in attendance.

It all started with this man, a cyclist. His name is Marius Louw and he is the CEO of Du Toitskloof Wines.

Marius has been involved in the construction and upgrading of a number of schools in the Rawsonville valley.

One day he stopped to ask a number children sitting by the roadside whether their homework was done?

“No, sir,” they said, “there are no books at our school.”

Marius realised how true that was. Things we accept as a given is simply not available in the rural farming communities.

He turned his bicycle around, rode home and, like so many times before, began calculating to see how he and his company could help.

The problem, said Louw, was that he might have had the money for a single school library, but what about the other schools? Besides, a library without a trained librarian would soon fell into disuse, or even get destroyed.

That was why he decided on a mobile library, but even for a rich company, it was impossible to finance such a large project on their own.

Tim Hutchinson, executive chairman of DGB, came to the rescue and offered to provide the money Du Toit’s Kloof Wines did not have.

DGB is a huge company and Douglas Green is one of their trade marks.

Fair Trade accreditation

Both Du Toitskloof Wines and Douglas Green are Fair Trade accredited. That means that they adhere to internationally accepted and regulated labour practises and that they have to pay their labour force according to internationally accepted norms.

Both companies have done enormous good over the years.

DGG is active in many other communities and is the main sponsor of the Johannesburg Children’s Home.

Here are a few projects that Du Toit’s Kloof Wines funded over the years.

– Day care centers for children

– A mobile clinic

– A primary school

– A bus service

– Scholarships for a kids going to high school and for tertiary education

– Literacy projects for adults

– Continuing education to the community about their health and safety

“They deserve it all,” say Bernard Kotze (Brand Manager of Du Toitskloof Wines) and  Marius Louw (CEO of Du Toitskloof Wines)

Why do they do all of this? Here is a quote from the press release sent out by Du Toitskloof Wines after the opening of the mobile library: “Things that other children take for granted, such as illustrated children’s books, computers and a comfortable chair to sit on while reading, will now be available at these schools on a regular basis. We really believe that there is potential among the children at the schools in our region. The library aims to empower the kids with the kind of insight, vision and creativity that they would need to go out into the world. They deserve it all.”

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