Pax Divitiae joined hands with the Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls in Glen Austin to help revamp the centre.

Pax Divitiae joined hands with the Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls in Glen Austin to help revamp the centre.

As part of their vision to help non-profit organisations, Pax Divitiae joined hands with the Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls in Glen Austin to help revive Makeba’s legacy and help the centre ensure that vulnerable children grow up in a warm and loving environment.

Phakiso ‘Pax’ Mataitsane stands next to the pool area which they plan to clean and fix up. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo

Pax Divitiae, which provides independent software advisory services, visited the centre in President Park on 28 May after dedicating one day a month to giving back to the community.

Howard Ngobeni and Jeremiah Chauke cut tall grass at Miriam Makeba Centre For Girls. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo

Phakiso ‘Pax’ Mataitsane, founder of the company and a new addition to the centre’s board, is responsible for fundraising. He explained that a large part of his business is about giving back, a service his organisation deems a ‘meaningful impact’.

Pax Divitiae members are all geared up to revamp the Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls. Photo: Ofentse Moduka
Pax Divitiae employees Khangelani Nyanda and Findley Mokoena rake recently cut grass.

Mataitsane said he answered the centre management’s call for assistance with farming, however, after discovering that they were looking for new board members, he rose to the occasion.

Pax Divitiae members Phakiso ‘Pax’ Mataitsane and his brother Tshehofatso Mataitsane rake the grass outside the gates of the Mariam Makeba Centre for Girls. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo

“The idea with this specific centre is to revamp it to accommodate over 60 girls in the next 18 months. From a Pax Divitiae point of view we will be taking over the library, pool area and the arts and entertainment centre where we will have music as Mama Makeba was into music,” he added.

Aubrey Mokoena rakes up cut grass at the centre. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo
Pax Divitiae founder and chief executive officer, Phakiso ‘Pax’ Mataitsane hands over a tablet to Esmeralda Maredi from the Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls. Photos: Ofentse Moduka

House mother at the centre Esmeralda Maredi, welcomed the efforts made by Pax Divitiae and founder Mataitsane, explaining that the centre had been running since 2001, only to close down in 2018. Maredi said now that it was being renovated, it would help a lot of vulnerable children. “Miriam Makeba, whom we called gogo and ‘Mama Afrika’, her vision upon establishing this centre was to have a home where vulnerable children can be kept safe so life can be advanced and taken care of in order for the children also to have a chance in life.

Pax Divitiae employees arrive to clean and revamp the Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls. Photo: Ofentse Moduka

“We are so excited with the progress that has been made and we are very grateful that Pax came on board with his company and his team to do the gardening. As he said, it will only be once a month that they come and do some other renovations on the property, do some painting, fill up the halls and make the place presentable so that we are fully compliant so we can open the centre again.”

Details: Miriam Makeba Centre for Girls NelsonLumumba.Lee@miriammakeba.org or

www.miriammakeba.org

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