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BBF Safety Group’s Port Elizabeth branch pulls together to help those who cannot speak for themselves

In the spirit of Nelson Mandela International Day 2017, employees of the Port Elizabeth branch of BBF Safety Group rolled up their sleeves to support a cause that is close to the hearts of many South Africans.

The Save-a-Pet Foundation is an animal rescue centre located near Greenbushes in Port Elizabeth that rescues, rehabilitates, reunites and re-homes abandoned, abused, lost and stray dogs and cats. Save-a-Pet is a non-profit organisation and relies solely on the support of corporates and individuals to continue its work.

Ahead of Nelson Mandela International Day 2017, Save-a-Pet reached out to its community of supporters with an audacious challenge: To collect enough tinned food to feed the entire centre’s dogs and cats for the next year. The goal was ambitious: A total of 6,700 tins of food.

Silvana Lennox, Key Account Consultant for the Eastern Cape region at BBF Safety Group, is a passionate supporter of animal welfare and immediately set to work to garner the support of her branch colleagues.

“A cornerstone of our company’s corporate ethos is to support the communities where we do business. Having been involved with Save-a-Pet for a number of years, I immediately knew that our support of this initiative was non-negotiable. This is the second year that we’re involved in the centre’s Mandela Day initiative, so naturally we had to raise the bar,” says Lennox.

The entire branch got involved to help those who cannot speak for themselves and as a result, BBF Safety Group Port Elizabeth employees donated 312 tins of cat and dog food to Save-a-Pet. Through the involvement of the extended community – businesses, schools, individuals and other supporters – the centre not only met, but exceeded its collection goal.

“It was an incredible experience to see how a common goal unites people. Our community’s passion shone bright and made a real impact on the great work done at Save-a-Pet. It’s initiatives such as this that make me proud to be a South African,” adds Lennox.

For more information on Save-a-Pet, to volunteer or donate visit www.saveapet.co.za.


With 80% of its workforce attending the 2016 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, the BBF Safety Group Port Elizabeth plant halted operations so 390 of its team could take part and help raise much needed funds for the Igazi Foundation.

Contributing R23,400 to the cause from its employees alone, knowing each employee was expected to bring at least one friend or family members, BBF Safety Group is immensely proud at how its team has taken on the initiative and extended the awareness of the cause.

“Giving back is something that’s important to the Group,” says Danie Kruger, Divisional General Manager of BBF Safety Group, Port Elizabeth. “We try and support our people through their challenges in life, with many of our team directly impacted by cancer.” And by pulling together and walking to raise much needed funds is one way the organisation gives back.

The Big Walk for Cancer is an important event in Port Elizabeth and it was heartwarming to see so many of the BBF Port Elizabeth team come together to raise money for a cause close to everybody. “The overwhelming support by our staff to participate in this fundraiser goes a long way in showing the culture of the BBF Group,” adds Kruger.

Big Walk for Cancer 2016 beneficiary: The 2016 beneficiary Igazi Foundation is the only dedicated haematological services NGO in the country and works to improve blood cancer and blood disease services in South Africa.

South Africa is a country with a dire shortage of haematologists, haematological support, advocacy and support services. The Igazi Foundation lobbies provincial and national government to improve haematological services and facilities for sufferers and their families.

Dear Tanya

On behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, I express my sincere thanks to you and everyone at Bagshaw Footwear for the generous donation of sports clothes towards the Business Chamber’s Mandela Day Project, held on 18 July 2016.

Your donation has helped us exceed our goal, and we are happy to report that we have collected sports equipment for disadvantaged children in the Metro to the value of R35 000.

Your generous donation has been handed over to United Through Sport who will facilitate the distribution of sports equipment which will be utilised in training at some 80 schools in our region.

We thank you for the role that Bagshaw Footwear played in helping us exceed our goal, and look forward to your participation in future campaigns.

Thank you for your continued and valued support.


Whilst on Outreaches in the Townships, Informal Settlements and Squatter Camps where we attend to the dipping, deworming and sterilisation of animals, we more often than not encounter extremely poor people who are usually barefoot.

They have to walk for kilometres on dirt roads, stones and mud in all sorts of weather – the blazing hot sun or the freezing cold, wind and rain. Most of us have been fortunate enough not to have experienced the hardships of the Townships and most of us own more than one pair of shoes.

The residents of the Townships, Informal Settlements and Squatter Camps struggle to feed themselves and their families so purchasing shoes would be a sheer luxury and certainly not within their meagre budget. They have to travel long distances to get to work, school, fetching water and seeking medical treatment for themselves and their families. The fact that they have to walk barefoot means that they run the risk of contracting preventable diseases and infections.

Thanks to a generous donation of 150 pairs of shoes from Bagshaws our field workers were able to gladden the hearts of the impoverished barefooted residents who live in Paterson, Kirkwood, Addo, Mission Road and the St Albans Sawmill areas by handing out the shoes which were sincerely appreciated. Thank you so much, Bagshaws, for making a difference in their lives.

The Animal Outreaches Team


Mr Jaco Meyer from Transnet Port Terminals has been wearing Zeus for the past 6 years and is extremely happy with them

247 of our employees plus their families took part in the Herald Big Walk for Cancer. The walk was started to inspire people to create awareness for those who live with this disease. We did the walk in memory of our factory manager that lost the battle with cancer earlier this year.

The Herald_Big Walk

We spent our 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela Day at Miracle Kids in Bethelsdorp and at the CANSA Association. Miracle Kids in Bethelsdorp take in disabled children and rehabilitate them so that they will be able to go to mainstream schools. The second part of our 67 minutes were spent at the CANSA Association. We donated linen, pots, an ironing board, iron and a wheelchair for their care home. Patients are able to come stay here at a reduced cost whilst they are in PE for their cancer treatment.

Lemaitre attended the second Mining and Technical Travelling Exhibition (MTE) Expo held in Kadoma and Gweru, Zimbabwe. Exhibitors display equipment and solutions for the mining industry and the attendees are mainly shift bosses and buyers from the mining industry.

The Orimill is an automatic milling machine that interfaces to the CAD footwear design system, and effectively mill’s the auto stitching pallet direct from the designers worksheet.

These pallets are then mounted on the Orisol automatic stitching machines that stitches the entire footwear upper in one program, this also extracted automatically from the designers worksheet. This new technology reduces the “time to market” of new styles and designs substantially. The machinery was moved into position on Friday 2 October with the Orisol Technician being in attendance for the commissioning and training phase from Monday 5 October 2015.

We had 264 employees that purchased bandana’s for National Bandana Day on 13 October 2015. Here are a few employees with their bandana’s on that posed for a photo at lunch time:)