Mandela Day 2016 - 67 Minutes

Succeed reaching out on Mandela Day

This Mandela Day, SucceedGroup decided to spend their 67 minutes by giving back to the Somerset West community by having handed out a total of 67 men’s and women’s comfort and hygiene packs to three non-profit organisations. The organisations included the Somerset West Night Shelter, PATCH Helderberg child abuse centre and the Helderberg Street Peoples Centre (HSPC). They each received comfort and hygiene packs containing essential items, such as toothpaste, washcloths, soap and sanitary pads.

Mandela Day is in honour of Nelson Mandela and the 67 years he spent fighting for social justice. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009. Succeed’s first stop was the Night Shelter, which has been running for 17 years. Jo Swart, chairperson of the Somerset West Night Shelter, became involved with the organisation as a volunteer ten years ago. It costs between R50 and R80 per individual, per day, to provide adequate care, reintegration, rehabilitation, and facilitation. Laverne Sass, a social auxiliary worker and event planner at the Night Shelter, expressed her appreciation for the packs.

“People are cold and hungry, but after a week of being looked after they are completely different,” said Sass, who added that she simply enjoys seeing people flourish. HSPC, the night shelter’s neighbours, were also visited by Succeed and received comfort packs.

HSPC helps the homeless people of Somerset West get back on their feet and back into the working world. Succeed also received a warm welcome from PATCH, where they were taken on a tour around the premises, including the centre’s small shop, “Le Patch”. PATCH has six offices in the Helderberg Basin, forming part of the Cape Metropole, where assessments and therapy is offered to child victims of sexual abuse. The centre, which was established in 1992, is a non-profit organisation and is directed by voluntary community members serving as a Board of Directors. Fundraiser at PATCH, Yulin Linklater, took the Succeed staff around the premises and explained how the organisation relies on mostly corporate and community donations.“All the services at PATCH are free of charge,” said Linklater, who added that the centre holds events such as book sales to generate income. Succeed appreciated the opportunity to give back to the community and will continue to do so in the future. Mandela Day is not the only important day in Succeed’s calendar, as outreach is integral to the company’s values.

For any questions or information about SucceedFoundation, please feel free to contact Ben vd Westhuyzen at

SucceedFoundation | Social Responsibility

Usually, when you launch a business, you funnel your resources and energy into your company – not into helping others. However, SucceedGroup is in its 7th year of existence and the directors have decided that the business have settled into a healthy growth rate and rhythm and the time is right to allocate our time and resources and give back to the community – and so the idea of SucceedFoundation was born at the end of 2014.

Being strategic marketing consultants the decision that had to be made was to identify which resources we can offer as a commodity and secondly we had to identify where we can make a difference? It was also important that the project we decide on, will mobilise our staff and our clients in aid of what we are trying to achieve. The high level of unemployment in South Africa makes job creation a crucial challenge. However, job creation without skills development and training does not lend itself to sustainable employment. Training is therefore a crucial element of all social responsibility projects and therefor it was decided that the core offering of SucceedFoundation will be soft skill training. Furthermore the South African economy is moving towards a knowledge based society, resulting in organisations insisting on certain skills requirements in order to remain globally competitive and this is where we can make a difference.

Project Goal

SucceedFoundation will provide business related soft skill training for the underprivileged and those who couldn’t and cannot afford to empower themselves with critical basic skills required in the South African workforce environment and change their lives for better. The goal is to successfully overcome the barrier of poverty and low income for themselves and their families.

Target Group

This intervention will target less educated, employed, but low income individuals from disadvantaged communities with critical and needed skills to empower themselves and become more competitive in the working environment. The objective is to provide these handpicked individuals free access to our Full Course range which offers certificates to those who successfully complete the courses and show the critical skills required from each soft skill course.


The methodology to be adopted by the project will be that of a practical, hands-on approach at our training venues in our Somerset West and Gauteng (later this year) offices. E-learning courses are available to those who have access to computers in the workplace. The individuals who attend the classroom training will be taken through theory sessions by the trainers and be exposed to critical soft skill development scenarios.

Courses on offer

A vast and popular variety of 72 different full courses are on offer which mainly covers the fields of marketing & selling, management, human resources, computers skills, professional development & general soft skills.