ZELA SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS is a Section 21 company which has been formed to facilitate many of the strategic objectives identified by national and provincial government. Its original aim upon inception was to promote active ageing and the well being of older persons in a holistic way throughout South Africa.
Since its inception in 2008, it has successfully managed over R 23 000 000 with respect programmes, projects and special events. Zela is now ready to accept work in the more general field of social development from funders other than (but still including) government institutions, with the aim of channeling CSI, SRI and general donations to the causes of the less fortunate.
By incorporating the vast network out our disposal and by combining this with the wealth of expertise we as a consortium have fostered over the last 3 years, we are positive that we can meet the challenge of successfully developing social initiatives in line with the needs of the prospective funders.
We aim to provide funders the opportunity to become part of a process which enables them to create a sustainable relationship with the beneficiaries of their CSI projects. These yield positive, long term investments in the target population benefiting both the beneficiaries and the funders.
The Objectives of ZELA SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS is to design, develop, promote and organize programmes and events that encourage active ageing, social cohesion and improving the general quality of life of the vulnerable.
- Promote access to Social and developmental interventions for the vulnerable
- Promote active ageing amongst older persons to keep them in families and communities for as long as possible
- Protect older persons and ensure that they are aware of their rights as an older person as secured in the Older Person’s Act (13 of 2006)
- To educate and promote self reliance through skills development and empowerment programmes
- To undertake HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns at child, youth and adult level
- Make aware the services available to strengthen and support older persons
- To facilitate a network of after care support structures and services that assist older persons to be resilient and maintain their level of re-connection and re-integration
- To facilitate that older persons at risk are identified early and assisted before they require in-depth interventions or statutory service –this will be possible through extensive education programmes and projects
- HIV and Aids awareness campaigns aimed transversally across age groups
- Disability interventions aimed transversally across age groups
- Substance Abuse interventions and awareness raising
- Poverty reduction and alleviation interventions
- Capacity building of NGO for specified sector
- Special Events and Awareness Raising
Zela Social Development Projects and Special Events is a registered Section 21 company which has Tax Exempt Status. It is a consortium consisting of Private companies and NGO’s who, through collaboration, match the resources of donors to the needs of the community with respect to social interventions, projects, programmes or events.
Our list of partners is ever growing as is our beneficiary base and as of the last audit undertaken in January of 2010, we have reached over 23 000 people (beneficiaries) across the Western Province and have given formal employment to over 60 people during the period 2008 – 2010.
Since 2008, in line with and according to the needs of our core funder, we initiated the following programmes, projects and interventions:
- Inter-racial /social integration programmes with a focus on social transformation and intergenerational activities
- Development of Residential facilities / Service centres / Senior Clubs in specifically
- Intervention plans for at residential facilities at risk within the 21 priority areas of the Western Cape Province
- Golden Games Sporting and Cultural programmes linking up with 2010
- Economic Development & Capacity Building of Older Persons and Older Persons Institutions
- Awareness on abuse and neglect of older persons, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse,and
- Awareness on rights of older persons
- Strengthened partnerships amongst Departments (Department of Health,
Cultural Affairs & Sport, Education, Local Government and Housing, Local
- Strengthened partnerships with NGOs, CBOs, CFOs regarding delivery of
services to older persons and quality assurance of services
- Building networks within and amongst communities to enhance self-reliance