Flying the Creole spirit



Air Seychelles extend support to SOS Children's Village in Mamelodi

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles together with the Seychelles High Commission based in Johannesburg and the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) yesterday joined hands to bring some early Christmas cheer to a group of 230 children at the Save Our Soul Children's Village Mamelodi in Pretoria.

This activity comes as the two countries celebrate the silver jubilee of the establishment of diplomatic relations with one another.

Established in 1987 in the north-east of Pretoria, in the township of Mamelodi which means “mother of melodies”, the fifteen family houses which forms part of the children’s village caters to kids aged between 6 to 17 years old.

Apart from taking care of the children and the number of growing youths at the village, in order to prepare the kids for an independent life, the SOS mothers at the village also conducts several programmes including the SOS kindergarten to support infants with pre-school education as well as the SOS Social Centre, a dedicated facility to provide HIV/AIDS community-based child care and further support towards the programme.

In addition to donating several items to the village, the team comprising of High Commissioner Mrs. Marie- Antoinette Rose-Quatre, Second Secretary, Mr. Terry Rose from the Seychelles High Commission, Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Charles Johnson, Head of Corporate Affairs, Ms. Sheryl Barra from Air Seychelles including the airlines General Sales Agent and the Seychellois community based in South Africa also spent half a day with the children engaging in several activities at their premises.

Speaking at the event, High Commissioner Rose-Quatre noted: “Our two countries share bonds in various fields.

“Most importantly, we have worked together over the years towards win-win collaborations and in doing so, we have nurtured a genuine appreciation for one another.

“This true spirit of pan-Africanism, of belonging and working for the betterment of our people have brought our nation closer.

“The Seychelles team present here today is both humbled and pleased to share this jubilee celebrations by giving back to where it matters.”

Charles Johnson, Chief Commercial Officer at Air Seychelles said: “Air Seychelles is not only committed and dedicated in making a positive contribution to the communities in which the airline operates.

“As the national carrier we ensure that the corporate social activities we engage in also reflects the core values of the company and as such following the proposal to join this great initiative from the Seychelles High Commission together with the support of the STB we thought it was a wonderful idea to bring this project to life specially as the end-of-year season is a great time to share the spirit of giving.”

“Hence I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all the staff at Air Seychelles for their kind support towards this project and also a special mention to P&L Contractor for their generous contribution extended towards this project.”

About Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai. Air Seychelles also offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including domestic charter services. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder.