Our flagship project is the ACPDS Orphanage in the Tenke area of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which we have sponsored since 2013. Plans are in place to renovate an existing house and construct three new housing units to accommodate about 24 children. Teichmann will also construct and finance a community centre to support the surrounding community with feeding and adult training schemes.
With former South African Springbok rugby captain, Gary Teichmann, as the group’s namesake, we understand and value the importance of sport in galvanising communities and promoting a healthy lifestyle while also empowering individuals and building self esteem. For this reason our sponsorship of a ladies soccer team from Tenke, CF NYOTA, is ongoing and we are immensely proud of their strong performance in the local league.
The Teichmann Group has also built sports fields in several rural communities, and T3 Drilling Director, Adrian Garvey – a former Springbok teammate of Gary’s – has given of his time to offer informal rugby coaching to children in the DRC, which was warmly received.
An imminent and exciting project is an Outgrowers Programme, also in the DRC, which will assist local farmers by teaching new agricultural methods best suited to the region, advising on fertilisers, pest control and the best use of finances.
The programme aims to sustainably improve the yield and the income of maize farmers, thereby enhancing the food security in the region, creating employment and alleviating poverty.
The programme will start with identifying farmers in the area farming an average of one hectare each. It is estimated that a total of 500 ha over five years will be included in the programme. Each hectare will employ an average of five people. The programme goals are to see
2 500 new jobs in the rural areas. By full implementation of the programme this project aims to have 500 fully educated, successful farmers and around 3 000 people employed.