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  • Writer's pictureDenise Mall

It takes a VILLAGE to raise a child

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

"It takes a village to raise a child" is a proverb that means that an entire community of people must provide for and interact positively with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.

The proverb has been attributed to African cultures. In Swahili, the proverb “Asiye funzwa na mamae hufunzwa na ulimwengu” means roughly the same: "Whomsoever is not taught by the mother will be taught with the world."

This is a fitting reference back to my father who was born in Kenya and spoke Swahili, who became Nikki’s father figure after her dad passed away. My father was also a mechanical engineer who supported and encouraged me to follow my passion, regardless of gender.

Today I want to pay tribute to the VILLAGE that helped raise Nikki. This village consisted of family members, friends and colleagues with long standing relationships that became extended family.

Nikki, I am so proud of you, the beautiful soul you are and the generous human being that you became. Our life path together was not easy, it was fraught with many challenges and difficult circumstances that we weathered together. So many people loved you for so many different reasons. The circle that your life touched was vast and inclusive. You had many surrogate families who took you under their wing to help you along your way.

I cannot begin to name everyone personally, but today I want to mention the key companies that supported us with projects that contributed to our financial stability and wellbeing. With a career spanning three decades, and Nikki joining me in the last decade, the list is long and there were many smaller contributors that are not mentioned here, but we value everyone for the role that they played in our lives

I have placed an * next to the project that Nikki directly contributed towards as part of the professional team.

  • Gibb

  • Arup

  • Batemans

  • Murray and Roberts

  • LAD Brokers

  • Anglo American

  • SRK

  • Hatch

  • Knight Piesold

  • Carmacky

  • SMEC

  • SLR

  • Epoch Resources

  • Pure Consulting

  • Wood Group

  • KPR Recruitment

  • Paterson & Cooke

  • *Jwaneng Slurry Delivery Pipelines

  • Tekciv Consulting

  • *Steyn City

  • Lurgi

  • *Cradock Ethanol Plant

  • Aveng E+PC

  • *Gouda Wind Farm

  • *Saldahna LPG AFC

  • Jacobs Matassis

  • *Saldahna LPG FEED

  • Fluor

  • *Khoemacau Copper Mine

  • Isidima

  • *Legaro Living Building

I want to reach out to my VILLAGE to ask you to support me in creating the +Living Legacy in memory of Nikki, and her contribution to our industry.

We are calling for personal donations from individuals of R100 or $10 and would like to ask that you reach out to your VILLAGE to find 10 people to match that and pay it forward. Alternatively make the contribution on behalf of 10 people for R1000 or $100

To our corporate village we would ask for a contribution of R1000 or $100 and would like to ask that you to also reach out to your VILLAGE to find 10 companies to match your contribution and pay it forward. Alternatively make the contribution on behalf of your staff to the value of R100 or $10 per person.

All donations greater than R10000 or $1000 qualify for +Gold Partner status and your logo will be included in the +Living Legacy webpage donor banner.

The EnsO Earth Foundation NPC is an approved Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) for community development relating to environmental awareness, greening, and sustainability programs.

All donations qualify as a section 18A tax deduction. Please email a proof of payment and your company details to to request your tax certificate.

Banking details

Name EnsO Earth Foundation


Account 4098647367

Branch 632005


Ref Living Legacy Nikki

Please don’t forget the reference and email us the proof of payment, so that we can add you to our donor list or banner.

HELP us raise this flag in memory of Nikki and her contribution to our industry.

thanking you in advance for your support, it is appreciated

Founder of EnsO Earth


Alternatively South African’s can use this Payfast approved non-profit payment portal.

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