|More than 150 years after Robert Acutt opened the first branch of Acutts Estate Agents in Durban, the company, which now comprises close on 150 offices around the country, continues to help people find homes - even the destitute.|
And the company's ongoing efforts to ensure that the homeless have roofs above their heads were recently acknowledged by the Durban Benevolent Society (DBS) at its 150th annual general meeting when Acutt’s spokesperson Pat Acutt accepted a certificate of appreciation on behalf of his family.
The certificate was presented to him by British consul and Society chairperson Margie Smith in recognition of the Acutt family's support of the DBS over four generations, going back to 1855 when great-great grandparents Robert and Julianna Acutt held the first meeting of the Durban Benevolent Society in their home.
In keeping with Acutts Estate Agents' long-established social commitment, Acutt said the company had launched a national campaign in October this year to collect unwanted clothing and other items on behalf of the DBS or one of its affiliated charities.
According to Acutt, the Durban Benevolent Society is the oldest charity in Durban. A registered, non-profit organisation, it is entirely reliant on bequests and donations which are used to assist the impoverished, the homeless, the elderly, the distressed, children in need and the disabled.
"Since the focus of the Society is on its community projects, no funds are spent on buildings or equipment and administration expenses are kept to a minimum," he added. The Durban Benevolent Society currently has 15 projects underway catering for various sectors of the community, including schools, feeding schemes and retirement and children's homes.