Eggs are known to be a source of life and this time they have lived up to expectations. They have extended the life of the Ikhaya Lothando Community Centre in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni.
The centre's poultry project was been boosted by a R70000 cash injection from the Egoli region of South African Breweries last month, and the company says it will continue its support.
Ikhaya Lothando, meaning "home of love" in isiXhosa and isiZulu, is home to 20 boys, aged between 14 and 18, who have been neglected by their families, orphaned or affected by HIV-Aids.
"Our aim is to alleviate poverty through job creation. Thanks to SAB's donation, we will be able to expand our poultry business and employ more people," said the home's project manager Sipho Mamize.
Nine hundred hens or "layers" are kept at the centre. They lay up to 500 eggs a day, which are sold to spaza shops and the community.
"People can buy eggs direct from us and sell them to other people to gain an income," said Mamize.
Mamize said this ensured that the entire community benefited from the project. Profits from the sale of eggs cover the daily expenses of the centre and staff salaries, and sustain other projects.
A soup kitchen that feeds up to 140 children a day, a co-ed pre-school, a brick-making site, a carpentry shop and a vegetable garden are also run at the centre.
"These programmes equip the boys with valuable skills that they can use when they leave us," said Mamize.
Thabile Kubheka, spokesman for SAB's Egoli region, said the company was inspired by the project and would do more to help sustain its viability and development.