As a future-focused, telecommunications company, our purpose is to encourage inclusivity and female empowerment through Connecting for Good. As such, the Vodacom Foundation supports a number of NPOs that have an incredible female force. Last year, during Women’s Month, we celebrated these phenomenal women. Watch a touching series of videos about these Hidden Figures behind some of South Africa's most inspiring organisation here.
Mama Phindile Hlalele – African Children’s Feeding Scheme
The African Children’s Feeding Scheme has been tackling hunger in schools for over 70 years. They provide a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk to more than 31 000 kids around SA, helping them concentrate at school and cope with health problems such as HIV/Aids.
Vodacom has been funding the ACFS for over a decade, enabling them to provide food for vulnerable children. They are also assisting the organisation with their ICT needs.
The current director of ACFS, Mama Phindile Hlalele, is herself a former beneficiary of the organisation. She received a daily sandwich and milk in the 1960s when she was in primary school in Dobsonville. Years later as a teacher, Mama Phindile was a member of the school-based support team looking after needy children, which led her to contact the ACFS. After ...