Since its establishment in 2001, SATVI has established a good relationship with the community of the Cape Winelands, participating in local organised community structures and supporting organisations in need. In 2014 and 2015 we demonstrated our involvement through the following activities/events:

1. Mandela Day

2.World TB Day

3.Other activities

4.Carina's Choice: Drama sets the stage

1.Mandela Day

In celebrating Mandela Day SATVI encourages its staff to become involved in marking the day by becoming involved in community initiatives which they identify. For the 2014 Nelson Mandela Day, we supported the Sean Kelly Centre Multiple Sensory Disabled Children, the Thutuzela Centre for Victims of Family Violence and the Pioneer Hostel for the Blind with equipment and material. Staff also supported the Sean Kelly Centre Multiple Sensory Disabled Children with donations in their individual capacity and for 2015 Mandela Day we supported the establishment of a SAPS Victim Support Centre at the Maria Pieterse Clinic, donation of equipment to the Cornerstone Therapeutic (Drug Rehabilitation Centre), Brave Hearts Care Centre for children and the Zwelethemba Book Club.   Staff also donated goods and toys from their own coffers which we donated to the Brave Heart Centre in de Doorns.

SATVI Social Responsibility Committee- July 2014

Roodewal Soup kitchen

2.World TB Day- 2015

In partnership with Aeras,a global non-profit biotech organisation, SATVI facilitated the roll-out of the Kick TB School Awareness Program to four (4) schools in the Worcester areas, reaching 5 000 learners with health messaging about the signs and symptoms, preventing TB. The schools that participated in the program were Roodewal Primary, Alfred Stamper, Avian Park Primary and Vusisizwe Secondary School.  

Aeras Africa Director Sebastian Gelderbloem handing over Resource Pack to Mrs Ntambo, Principal of Alfred Stamper; whilst Chief Operating Officer, Dr Zameer Brey looks on.

Vususizwe School, World TB Day

TB Awareness Raising at Worcester Mall.

On Friday 27 March SATVI coordinated TB Awareness and Wellness activation at the local shopping mall where the Department of Health conducted a screening facility on Friday 27 March 2015, and other organisations like Hospice, SATVI and a local sport organisation also held a display, reaching consumers.

World TB Wellness Day

On Saturday 28 March 2015 the World TB Wellness Day took place which featured a 3 Km Fun Run, World TB Day Soccer Tournament which saw six teams in the Under 13, 15 & 17 compete against each other for the a trophy, a keynote speech by Professor Marian Jacobs (UCT retired Dean of Health Faculty) and local artists.

Soccer Tournaments: Under 13, 15 & 17

3 Km Fun Run

Karate Display, Rawsonville Karate Club

Group Activity: Wearing masks to teach audience about Infection Control

3.Other Activities

3.1  Participation in the activities of Multi Sectoral Action Team (MSAT)

SATVI is a member of the Worcester MuIti-sectoral Action Team (MSAT), whose vision is to work together for the health and wellbeing of the Breederiver community and through which SATVI can support various non-profit
organisations on different levels. On World TB Day in 2014 we hosted a MSAT meeting and introduced community leaders to the SATVI site, and how we conduct clinical research at SATVI. This gave them a better understanding and insight to take back to their various constituencies.

3.2  CANCER Tea 2014

Staff supported the fight against Cancer by hosting two tables at the Annual CANSA Tea which took place in Stellenbosch under the auspices of CANSA South Africa.

3.4 Pot ve Pens December 2014

On Saturday On Saturday 6 December 2014 the SATVI team participated in the “Pot ve Pens” Campaign, a local initiative to cook warm nutritious meals for the needy in and around Worcester. This is very important for us because through participating in events such as this, we build our relations with other local organisations, show that we care for the less fortunate in the community and build teamwork amongst SATVI staff.

SATVI team who contributed their time off to make a warm plate fo food for the less-privileged in Worcester- November 2014

3.5 Support to Communiyt-based organisations 2014

We have also supported the following organisations during 2014:

  • Die Herberg Kinderhuis
  • YWAM Worcester
  • Huis Kruger: Huis vir Gestremde Swaksiende
  • Robertson Kinderhuis
  • Nuwerus Old Age Home, Worcester
  • Boland Animal Society
  • Die Herberg Kinderhuis
  • Empilisweni Clinic,

4. Carina's Choice: Drama sets the stage

Principal Investigator: Michele Tameris
Funder: Wellcome Trust

Supported by a Wellcome Trust International Engagement award in 2012, SATVI facilitated a drama production concerning TB vaccine clinical research, “Carina’s Choice” with learners from Worcester Secondary School as actors  and UCT drama school students as mentors. A very successful roadshow to 8 local high schools reached approximately 8000 adolescents in 2013. DVDs
with English or Xhosa subtitles have been produced for distribution as well as free download access on SATVI website.