The group is aware of its social responsibilities and believes it is crucial for businesses to play a positive role in the communities within which they operate. The group's CSI strategy is to focus on education and skills development initiatives.
During the period, a number of contributions were made towards improving the lives of the people living in the communities in which we operate. We are working with various communities on different projects across the country.
Significant contributions were made to the organisations and initiatives mentioned below.
The Monyetla Project is a registered public benefit organisation with the aim to assist grade 12 learners from previously disadvantaged and poor communities in the Free State, improve their results and afford them opportunities to qualify for bursaries and tertiary education. This has enabled poor families to break the cycle of poverty. The word “monyetla” means “opportunity” in Sesotho. The initiative was established in February 2007 and currently offers additional classes for 14 subjects which are presented by some of the most experienced educators the province has to offer.
There are currently 28 schools represented at this academic programme. During the 2018 school year a total of 1 000 grade12 learners attended the programme. This group of learners achieved an overall pass rate of 90% with47% of the learners obtaining a bachelor’s pass.
Tshepang Educare Trust
The Tshepang Educare Trust is a non-profit organisation serving the interests of women and children in rural and disadvantaged areas. “Tshepang” which is a Sesotho word meaning “hope”, supports farms, informal settlements and small towns throughout the Eastern Free State to help children living in the disadvantaged communities in these areas get access to quality early childhood development (“ECD”).
The problem facing many of the children living in these areas isthe lack of any kind of pre-school education programme which results in them being at a great disadvantage when entering mainstream schooling at the age of seven years. In most cases, the children that are not exposed to this early childhood development never catch up and are therefore disadvantaged for life.
Tshepang’s main aim is to train members of these communities to run a successful crèche or ECD centre, based in these informal settlements. This empowers these individuals by giving them a chance to create a living through opening their own preschools, or gain employment in existing ECD centres and also exposes the young children in their communities to this vital form of education. Tshepang runs an 18-month programme which provides graduates with a level 4 ECD certificate, authorised by ETDP SETA.
Tshepang also has a crèche for special needs children and has two mobile toy classrooms, which are taken to areas for children who cannot afford to attend a crèche. Employees of Tshepang also regularly visit areas to encourage parents to play constructively with their children and assist them in learning the basics required for school. The organisation currently works with 160 pre-schools and reaches some 6 800 pre-school children from disadvantaged areas.
Spoudazo – Township Vegetable Tunnel Project
Spoudazo Enterprises Trust is a registered public benefit organisation, the purpose of which is to enhance the interests ofthe poor and vulnerable, to further their interests and well-being by means of providing them with welfare, humanitarian assistance, healthcare, land and housing, education and development services. Raubex has supported Spoudazo’s Township Vegetable Tunnel Project since October 2012. This project involves the setting up of vegetable tunnels for individual households in addition to offering them training and mentoring.
During 2018/2019, a further 15 vegetable tunnels were set up new or repurposed for identified beneficiaries. Raubex funded the set up and mentorship process of these tunnels during the year. To date there are a total 57 vegetable tunnels in the Free State. The focus of this project is not only to ensure food security for these households but also to establish an economic system within their communities. Spoudazo equips each beneficiary with the necessary vegetable growing skills that will assist them to earn an income, not only from the selling of their crops but also by sharing in the responsibilities of the setup and mentoring process of additional tunnels in their communities.
In addition to this, the project has provided opportunities for enterprise development to some of the identified tunnel beneficiaries who showed the necessary skill and willingness to be further equipped as entrepreneurs. Two such entrepreneurs now have their own websites for their businesses, which can be viewed atwww.tlali.co.za and www.vegetablemarket.co.za.
Pothole Repair Initiative
The group embarked on a project where pothole repairs are carried out in the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality on a pro bono basis. This initiative eases the burden on the municipality in repairing the roads in the municipal area. A team dedicated for this purpose attends to pre-identified damaged areas and repairs. Although these repairs are temporary in nature it goes a long way in assisting the municipality with essential services.