Tower Property Fund Academic Book Prize (R5000)

Tower Property Fund Academic Book Prize (R5000): Best Property Studies Honours Research Report which best encapsulates Green Building technologies and/or initiatives.

The book prize goes to Tarryn Coles, Gemma Watson and Anthony Testa. Pictured with them is the Head of Department Associate Professor Kathy.

Tower sponsors Ubuntu Trust

Tower is proud to report on our partnership and association with the Ubuntu Football Trust.  We are joined by another listed company, Ascendis Health, in supporting this unique programme.

The trust has been going since 2010 and is currently putting more than 80 children through school. Recognising that sport has a unique significance in the South African culture, the founders of Ubuntu focussed on football as a powerful means to impact the lives of children in South Africa’s underprivileged areas.  Ubuntu identifies talented football players and puts them into a programme which is aimed at increasing their footballing potential whilst mentoring, disciplining and educating them to shape them into tomorrow’s leaders.

Once a child is selected for the football programme they cannot be ejected unless it is for behavioural reasons – this is unique in the cut and thrust world of semi-professional and professional sports

Tower would love for any of our shareholders and partners to partner with us in this venture as we believe it addresses two key criteria in this country – childhood education and community upliftment.  Please call Marc at our offices should you wish to be involved.  It costs roughly R50 000 to put a child through the schooling system, ensuring they have the right books, food, sports kit etc.  This is R50 000 which has a profound impact on one young person, their family, their community and potentially the country as a whole.

For a glimpse at how the programme is directly affecting young people, have a look at the YouTube clips in the links below – some truly inspiring viewing.

 

Tower Property Fund Uses its Network and Social Capital to Support Early Childhood Development

The Tower Property Fund, which launched on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in July 2013, has partnered with The University of Cape Town (UCT) and The Southern Africa Sustainable Development Initiative (SASDI) to build a Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the community of New Crossroads, Cape Town.

The project will see the re-furbishment of an existing building on Nceba Avenue in New Crossroads, Nyanga. The building is leased by the University of Cape Town on a 99 year leasehold agreement from the City of Cape Town and, once developed, will form the hub in an ECD support network within the community , which will provide training and support to shack-based ECD’s in the area, as wells as the ECD forum.

“Tower has identified a major need in South Africa to enhance the education of young children (Early Childhood Development or “ECD”) in underprivileged areas,” says Marc Edwards, CEO of Tower.

Significant research shows the benefit of investing in a child, from an educational perspective, at an early age. Unfortunately, South Africa’s past has resulted in the majority of our country’s children being educated in less than ideal conditions and often starting their education far later than privileged children due to lack of resources.

“We are extremely passionate about assisting where we can in ECD and are pleased to have partnered with the UCT and SASDI on this project in Cape Town.” Says Edwards.

Stuart Hendry, Director of the UCT Development Unit for New Enterprise (DUNE), explains that the project not only involves refurbishing an existing UCT property into a world class Centre for Early Childhood Development, but also involves a high-touch training and development programme for the ECD principle’s and their staff, who self-select as partner beneficiaries. “Our research has shown that as principle’s and teachers are developed and their facilities upgraded, they in turn become support nodes in their ECD networks – this has a powerful multiplier effect, with positive consequences for potentially thousands of early learners.”

It is envisaged that the New Crossroads hub will offer Principal and teacher training development; parent training and support, an ECD resource centre that has educational games and toys which can be borrowed like a library; creative art resources, fantasy play resources; a mini library for children and teachers and a specially designed outdoor educational playground.

The centre will also house a Community Computer and IT Centre which will supply the ECD Principals, teachers and early learners in the area with access to computers and computer training, as well as supply members of the community with after-hours access to computers and computer training. The computer centre will also supply the Centre with a source of revenue, generated from running the Computer Centre as an after-hours Internet Café.

The total cost to get the project off the ground is an estimated R8,5 million. Once the facilities have been properly upgraded and prinicple’s and teachers properly qualified, the centres can then access this provincial government support grant of R18 per child per day. The ECD grant from government coupled with the fees from parents who are able to pay, will help the schools to cover running costs and makes the whole project sustainable.

Tower Property will play an intricate role in the refurbishment of the site, the raising of funds in the project through their shareholder base and the on-going management/assistance of the property post construction.

 

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