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The spirit of giving

Obert Chauke is one of our highly respected butlers at Jabulani and has been at the lodge for 16 years. He is a gentle and genuine person, and always incredibly dedicated and positive in everything that he does. Our Jabulani guests just love him, as does our team. In 2014, Obert started a new venture outside of working hours, paying forward the opportunities he’s been given and opening a not-for-profit daycare in his garage, together with his wife.

The day care is situated at Timbavati Village in Acornhoek and currently has 65 learners. Obert and wife, Ivy Sibuyi have applied for NPO status, as they endeavour to care for the children in the area who need supervision and support during the day. Called Xilaveko Day Care, “Xilaveko” means “nurture” in English and that’s just what the creche does… nurture little minds and bodies from age 0-4 years.

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Making a difference

Obert is a valued team member at Jabulani and his new initiative speaks to our own sustainability development goals to create empowerment and opportunities for people in our local community, to combat the challenges of unemployment, poverty and hunger. Jabulani is helping to support the Xilaveko Day Care through Pack for a Purpose donations, inviting our guests to pack extra supplies in their luggage when they travel – items from the school’s wishlist of needs, such as educational tools and kitchen utensils.

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You can help

Poverty is a big problem in the community and Obert and Ivy would like to accept more children at the day care, to help their community in greater ways. They focus on promoting the wellbeing of the children and hope to create more job opportunities at the creche for people in Acornhoek, where Obert resides. You can help support Xilaveko Day Care through donations to their wishlist. Take a look at their needs on our Pack for a Purpose page – Project 5 > 

Please contact us should you be interested to help or to find out more: media@jabulanisafari.com