Social Development

As the social and community development arm of Communicare, the core focus of Vulamathuba is to provide socio-economic development support to Communicare tenants. Together with valued partners, implements interventions underpinned by the following objectives, in order to change the trajectory of the lives of Communicare tenants and the communities where our complexes are located:

Promoting economic mobility so that our tenants get a secure foothold into the economy

Supporting economic independence, upliftment, self-reliance and resilience through a structured programme with our prime focus on advancing education levels, work skills development, job seekers and providing life skills.

Education: 

– Matric Second Chance Programme

– Zerilda Steyn Bursary

– Homework support

Skills development

– Coordinating short course and accredited training

– Internship and Learnership opportunities

– Bursaries for employed

– TVET Graduate Workplace Experience

Job Seekers

– Cultivating job market skills through Job Readiness Programme

– Facilitating digital access to enable easy access to information at the community learning centres

Life Skills to foster self-reliance and resilience

– Entrepreneurship Skills Programme

– Driver’s Licence

– Financial Literacy and Debt Management

Supporting vulnerable tenants

Concentrating on improving the wellbeing of vulnerable and at-risk individuals identified as needing help. Supporting vulnerable tenants to maintain tenancy, gain access to appropriate support services and extending psychosocial support to those tenants:

Active Aging:

– Physiotherapeutic Group Rehabilitation in partnership with Hector Naidoo and Associates – Registered Physiotherapists

– Walking football in partnership with Walking Football for Health South Africa

– Physical fitness sessions in partnership with City of Cape Town Recreation and Sport Department

– Fitness classes presented by Duke Fitness

Healthy Living Awareness events

– Educational Talks

– Financial Literacy Programmes

– Drug Awareness Talks

– Wellness Fairs for the Older Person

Senior Support Groups

Support groups have been initiated in senior complexes with a need to address conflict amongst tenants.

Social Clubs

– Social Clubs run independently

– Vulamathuba assists with member recruitment, skills training, activities and fundraising.

Tenant Support Services

– Counselling, mediation, and psychosocial support

– Assessment and screening of senior tenants

– Finding suitable alternative accommodation for seniors in need of assisted living facilities

– Endorsing Rental Concessions to provide financial help to seniors receiving an Older Persons Grant

– Recommending the Housing Benefit, a rental respite to a maximum of three months for needy tenants who experience a short-term and unexpected financial set-back that threaten their tenancy

– The development of girls’ football within the soccer programme has received more attention and focus from Adnaan in the last year, with the girls participating in many tournaments and coming out on top in most of these events.

– Walking Football for Health South Africa has started to introduce the sport to a Communicare complex as a pilot project with positive results and great feedback from those senior tenants who participated.

Promoting social cohesion so that our diverse tenants live together harmoniously

Effectively upholding a communally unified tenant base across its diverse portfolio, characterised by improved relationships and a sense of social belonging among its tenants. Growing tenant participation in Vulamathuba sponsored programs. Cultivating a culture of cooperation and trust towards Communicare.

Rights and Awareness events: 

– Living in Harmony workshops about Diversity and Social Rights

– Anti-Bullying interventions

Cultural, Social and Recreational: 

– Young at Heart Choir in partnership with Rosa Choir and Cape Cultural Collective

– Contemporary Dance in partnership with JazzArt

Sport

– Soccer

– Walking Football for Health