SAB Limpopo revamped the ailing Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment trauma centre by handing over special therapeutic toys to child-rape survivors last week.
Mr Bennett Nkadimeng of the South African Breweries said the beer-producing company was deeply touched by the escalation of child rape in the province. He added: "We are equipping this centre with therapeutic toys and a TV and renovating the centre to the tune of R50 000. SAB employees also rolled up their sleeves and repainted the trauma centre,"he said.
SAB’s District manager in Limpopo, Yokesh Maharaj, said the therapeutic toys would help the child-rape survivors to cope with life. "This is part of vital counseling for the rehabilitation of child-rape survivors. Play is children’s natural way of communicating their feelings and through drawing, playing and using anatomically correct dolls, these children can demonstrate what they have difficulty saying in words while a trained therapist observes," he said.
The CEO of the TVEP, Fiona Nicholson, said the centre was opened in 2001 and is currently reaching 585 000 community members. She said the TVEP is very thankful for the assistance from SAB "Thank you, SAB, for sharing our vision because our children are the future of our nation and we need to take responsibility for their protection and well-being. We are highly impressed by your assistance."
News - Date: 27 April 2007