Golfing for charity

June 2016 Editor's Choice, News

The South African Institute of Security (SAIS) held its Annual Charity Golf Day on Friday 6th May 2015 at the impressive and challenging Gary Player designed Blue Valley Golf Club in Midrand. The event was fully subscribed with a field of 120 golfers ranging from top professionals to equally enthusiastic part-timers.

Left to right: Reggie Marimuthu, Rien ne dit Kasongo, Loide Ndemueda and Mellisa Mutetwa.
Left to right: Reggie Marimuthu, Rien ne dit Kasongo, Loide Ndemueda and Mellisa Mutetwa.

The beneficiary of the day was the Children of Fire charity which helps young survivors of burn injuries (whether by fire, chemicals, electricity or hot liquids) in Africa, and helps educate the communities in which they live, providing both prevention and cure. This is the third year that the SAIS event has supported this charity and some of the children were able to attend the evening prize-giving dinner to meet, and thank, the golfers and sponsors for their participation and generous donations.

Left to right:  Dave Dodge, Rien ne dit Kasongo (age 2½), Loide Ndemueda (19), Mellisa Mutetwa (10) and Jemina Masiteng.
Left to right: Dave Dodge, Rien ne dit Kasongo (age 2½), Loide Ndemueda (19), Mellisa Mutetwa (10) and Jemina Masiteng.

SAIS chair, Dave Dodge, presented the prizes to the winning team of Aeonova, consisting of Ettienne Knipe, Chris Christie, Sasha Ash and Archie Cassim, and addressed the dinner together with fire survivor, 19-year-old Loide Ndemueda. Dodge praised event organiser, and former SAIS chairman, Reggie Marimuthu, the various sponsors and the Blue Valley Golf Club for once again making the day such a huge success in support of a charity which he described as “providing essential support for some of the most vulnerable children in southern Africa, which SAIS has been proud to be associated with for the past three years”.

Further information regarding the Children of Fire charity is available at and more about SAIS can be found at

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