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Eshowe Community Action Group

The Chennels family founded the ZBC and have been in Eshowe for over 90 years. They have been actively involved in the community as well as in the rural community upliftment projects. In 1978 the late Guy Chennells started the ECAG (Eshowe Community Action Group), an NGO registered under the Welfare Act operating in South Africa. Nearly all funds raised, totalling over R250- Million, have been through the Eshowe Rotary Club. The late Prince Gideon Zulu was chairman from inception and was a direct descendant of King Mpanda. Present chairman is Jethro Mdlalose who is principal of the Tembelasizwe School. The Eshowe Community Action Group is a Non-Profit Organisation, operating for 32 years in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Their main objective is to provide classrooms for underprivileged children.

In 1977, The Eshowe Community Action Group (ECAG), under the umbrella of the rotary Club of Eshowe, inspired farmers and businessmen to build the first 12 classrooms at King Zwelithini High School. The ECAG works closely with the Department of Education, Principals and Communities, forging a meaningful partnership that has made discernible contributions to the success of rural education.

The project area covers a radius of approximately 4 000 square kilometres, incorporating uThukela River down South to Kosi Bay in the North. The Eshowe Community Action Group does not offer handouts. The schools have to provide a deposit of R4 000 per classroom and are put onto a waiting list. To date, they have built over 2 600 class rooms, constructed 17 laboratories with gas and water reticulation, installed one thousand 5 000 litre plastic water tanks on bases, 1 200 ventilated inlet pipe long drop toilets, libraries and administration blocks. Over 100 new schools have been established, and 120 old schools extended.

The challenge continues. There is still a huge shortage of some 2 300 classrooms in Northern KwaZulu- Natal.

Eshowe is the oldest town in KwaZulu-Natal, and has a rich history. Although it is a popular tourist destination because of its Anglo-Zulu war connection and indigenous Dhlinza forest, Eshowe is now a small agricultural and trading district that’s made its mark through the success of this local brew. Once the company has grown enough locally to hire local people, explains Richard Chennells, he looks forward to carrying on his family legacy of rural upliftment in Zululand.

 

La famille Chennels est installée à Eshowe depuis plus de 90ans. Elle s’est investie dans la communauté locale bien avant la création de la Zululand Brewing Company.

En 1978, en constatant un manque de structures appropriées pour les écoles de la région, Guy Chennels a créé le Groupe d’Action Communautaire d’Eshowe (ECAG), une ONG enregistrée en Afrique du Sud qui a pour but de lever des fonds afin de financer l’amélioration des infrastructures éclaires pour des enfants issues des familles défavorisées. Son premier chairman était le Prince Gideon Zulu, un descendant direct du Roi Mpande (Roi des Zulus du 1840 à 1872) et le chairman actuel est Jethro Mdlalose, le proviseur de Tembelasizwe School, l’école locale a Eshowe.

Les 12 premières salles de classes ont été construites au King Zwelithini High School en 1978 et aujourd’hui, la fondation a construit plus de 2,600 salles de classes, 17 laboratoires pour l’assainissement d’eau, installée mille réservoirs d’eau de 5000 litres, 1,200 blocs sanitaires, des bibliothèques et centres administratifs. Plus de 100 nouvelles écoles ont été créés et 120 écoles rénovées.

Sous la coupe du Rotary Club d’Eshowe, l’ECAG a rassemblé les agriculteurs et entrepreneurs locaux autour de cette initiative. L’ECAG travaille en étroite collaboration avec le Département de l’Éducation et les proviseurs des écoles de la région, tissant des liens forts dans la communauté pour avoir un impact positif sur l’éducation rurale.

Depuis sa création il y a 52 ans, la fondation a récolté environ R250 million, soit plus de 13 millions d’euro, mais la route est longue. Il reste encore environ 2,300 salles de classe à construire dans la région KwaZulu-Natal Nord.

Eshowe est la ville la plus ancienne de sa région, dotée d’une histoire riche. Elle reste une destination populaire pour les touristes grâce aux visites des sites de la guerre Anglo-Zulu et de la foret indigène Dhlinza. Eshowe prend sa place en tant que centre économique de la région grâce au succès de sa brasserie locale, la Zulu Blond Company. Une croissance que son fondateur Richard Chennels espère entretenir afin de perpétuer l’investissement en faveur des communautés défavorisées que sa famille a entrepris depuis 50 ans.

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Currently the ECAG has 100 classroom sites with deposits from the schools already paid. Our goal is to raise funds for these schools and build them by 2025. This initiative was created by Rotarians Richard Chennells and the late Fred Volbrect Snr in 2020 to boost interest and raise funds through Eshowe Rotary Club for the ECAG. Get involved in Rural Zululand Upliftment – Help refurbish Classrooms or donate one.

Cost per Classroom – R175 000.00 (Use the currency converter below to compare ZAR to EURO or GBP)

Contact Persons:

100 Classroom Challenge Director – Richard Chennells

Eshowe Rotary Treasurer – Nick Philips

  • 7 Natural Arch Drive, ESHOWE, KwaZulu Natal 3815, South Africa
  • 082 550 5000 – dgnick@mighty.co.za

ECAG Secretary  

Africa Classroom Connection USA

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