Community Corporate Social responsibility
The company’s corporate social responsibility commitments extend to people in the broader local community beyond the estate boundaries as this is an important part of the business ethos.
Community Soup Kitchens
During the winter months Mooigezicht Estates runs a weekly evening soup kitchen for the needy living in informal settlements adjacent to De Doorns town. Winter is a tough time for the less privileged in the community. Most of the economic activity in the valley is focused on table grape production and so there is limited employment available during winter. Temperatures plummet as the mountains are covered in snow, affecting many people who live in makeshift conditions with little protection from the elements. Mooigezicht management and staff members take turns to prepare large pots of wholesome, steaming soup and collect additional soup donated by the community. They also distribute portions of soup and bread to the needy from a set point in the underprivileged residential area.
Mooigezicht Estates runs a “clothing bank” on behalf of the broader community, collecting donated clothes and blankets from community members and distributing them to needy people in the community. The donated clothes and blankets are given to needy people and people who have lost their homes or possessions due to fire or flooding. In these circumstances people are referred to Mooigezicht Estates for assistance and the service has helped countless needy people over the years. This service was established by Mooigezicht Chairman Stephanus Rossouw and his wife Laetitia many years ago and they are still involved with the project’s management.
Community spiritual outreach and bible distribution
As part of the community spiritual outreach project, the management and staff of Mooigezicht Estates undertake on an ongoing basis to the local community and informal settlements throughout the Hex River Valley. This includes the distribution of bibles in three languages, religious posters and pamphlets.