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Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014/03/14 - MiX Telematics, a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, in collaboration with NGO Heartbeat, have today opened the much anticipated Heartbeat Youth Centre - MiXTelematics.com. NYSE: MIXT; JSE: MIX
The revamped facility in Vosloorus is a fully inclusive training, socialisation and learning centre for underprivileged children in the area. The project, which was initiated in 2012, was made possible by a R1.5 million investment from the MiX Telematics Enterprise Trust. Funding for the Trust is made available through dividends from MiX Telematics Enterprise, which enables the management of large fleets for blue-chip customers including Eskom, Total, Clover and Parmalat.
The Heartbeat Youth Centre is now fully equipped to offer various types of ongoing development and support for approximately 260 underprivileged children in the area. Development and support programmes include healthy meals, leadership development programmes, life skills programmes, education and socialisation. In addition, the kitchen area now has the necessary storage space to keep food donations fresh and dry.
“MiX Telematics has been involved with Heartbeat since 2009. Over the past few years, we’ve had the vision to really make a difference in the lives of the children by upgrading and developing the Centre,” says Gert Pretorius, Managing Director of MiX Telematics (Africa Fleet Solutions). “Today, it is with great pride that we come together for its official opening.”
“We’re extremely grateful to MiX Telematics for their generous investment. Without their assistance and commitment to Heartbeat, our dream of developing the youth would not have become a reality,” says Professor Sunette Pienaar, Founder and Executive Chairperson of Heartbeat.
“MiX Telematics has been an active supporter of Heartbeat for nearly five years. They supported our holiday and youth development programmes and also assisted with the establishment of a food garden for the Centre. Their staff regularly take a hands-on approach and engage in activities that need to be done,” adds Pienaar.
The MiX Telematics Enterprise Trust is underpinned by three key elements: growth, development and mentoring. “The decision to invest in the new facility aligned perfectly with our goals and we’re committed to ensuring that the improvements are sustainable,” says Bathandwa Mcuba, Chairperson of the MiX Telematics Enterprise Trust.
“We have identified the need to develop youth leadership in the country. Our programmes for youth development are targeted specifically towards vulnerable children,” says Pienaar.
From the onset, it was agreed that the children would be 100 percent involved in the design and progress of the new Centre. A number of sessions were held to get input from the children and hear about what inspires them. The outcome of these sessions was then incorporated into the design and layout of the Centre.
About MiX Telematics
MiX Telematics (mixtelematics.com) is a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as SaaS to customers in 112 countries. The company’s products and services provide enterprise fleets, small fleets and consumers with solutions for safety, efficiency and security. MiX Telematics was founded in 1996 and has offices in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uganda, Brazil, Australia and the United Arab Emirates as well as a network of more than 130 fleet partners world-wide.
About the MiX Telematics Enterprise Trust
The MiX Telematics Enterprise Trust was established in 2009 as part of MiX Telematics’ commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen. MiX Telematics is serious about its contribution to the development and transformation of South Africa and the Trust is a perfect vehicle to make this a reality. Funding for the Trust is made available through dividends from MiX Telematics and the primary societal groups aided by the Trust are underprivileged women and children. The Trust focuses on carefully selected initiatives, all of which are aimed at improving the lives of the communities in which the company operates. It encourages and supports growth through education and skills development as well as through mentoring on an individual basis.
Heartbeat was founded in 2000 by Professor Sunette Pienaar in response to the massive orphan challenges found in South Africa. The organisation carries the interest of the child at heart and strives to provide opportunities and support to realise a brighter future for our communities through our youth. To date Heartbeat has supported more than 55 000 orphans and vulnerable children, either through our community based interventions or through mentoring and training.
In consideration of the constantly shifting development landscape, the demand for supporting young leaders and the ever increasing financial pressures experienced by the sector as a whole, Heartbeat evolved its model of intervention to ensure that the organisation continues to achieve the greatest possible sustainable impact in our communities. In keeping with this recognised need for adaptation and evolution, Heartbeat has developed a new strategy for the organisation from 2014 going forward focusing on leadership development, training and mentoring. This strategy is aligned to Heartbeat’s vision, its track record of success in specific focus areas, national developmental imperatives, the challenging donor environment and sustainability of the organisation and its interventions.