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 Bursary Project (“Monyetla”) 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 11 subjects which are presented by some of the most experienced educators the province has to offer.
During the 2019 school year a total of 1 000 grade 12 learners attended the programme.
This group of learners achieved an overall pass rate of 94% (2019: 90%) with 54% (2019: 47%) of the learners obtaining a bachelor’s pass.
In April 2019, Raubex visited the grade 12 learners enrolled in the programme to present them with possible bursaries and training opportunities that the group was currently offering. The group also shared information on how the group has grown from humble beginnings to become one of South Africa’s leading construction companies. In addition, management of the group attended a team building activity aimed at strengthening the partnership between the learners and the group.
Since 2007, this project has assisted scores of students to qualify for bursaries. It is a registered public benefit organisation and is presented at the University of the Free State south campus in Bloemfontein. The project offers Mathematics, English (Home & First Additional Language), Accounting, Physical Sciences, Geography, Life Sciences, Economics, Mathematical Literacy, Computer Application Technology, Agricultural Sciences and Business Studies.
Monyetla is grateful for the involvement of Raubex in this project which continues to change the lives of many learners. Monyetla is very pleased with the fact that it consistently produces results above the Free State averages, year after year. Two schools that sent their learners to the Saturday programme showed great improvement in results. The Hodisa Technical School in Bloemfontein moved from a 60% to 90.5% pass rate while Ntemoseng Secondary School in Botshabelo had a 97.2% pass rate for 2019. Following last year’s success, 1 320 grade 12 learners have registered for the 2020 programme.
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.
Bambanani Projects (“Bambanani”) is a non-profit organisation that desires to bring hope to those in need. The word “bambanani” means “helping hands” in Zulu.
Bambanani’s focus area is the Transkei, in the Eastern Cape. Bambanani's main area of work is based in Thoboyi Village, just outside of Nqamakwe. Here they serve the people of the surrounding villages and have seen amazing transformation stories. Their vision is to reach 100 000 people with life skills training and mentorship as they develop leaders who can mentor their own. The programmes consist of mentoring and leadership development, life skills training, sport development programmes, programmes for children, aid relief and orphan care.
Most families within the villages are broken and run by single mothers or grandmothers who carry the burden of the children and grandchildren. Some must survive on a grant of R1 700 per month and struggle to provide for the needs of the children. Bambanani identifies these families and assists them with “month packs” to ease the pressure. These packs consist of basic groceries which lasts for a month until their situation has improved.
Spoudazo – Township Vegetable Tunnel Project
Spoudazo Enterprises Trust is a registered public benefit organisation, the purpose of which is to enhance the interests of the 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 2019/2020, a further five 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 62 (2019: 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 in the Mangaung Metro Municipality, Wepener and Fauresmith. 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 set up 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 at www.tlali.co.za and www.vegetablemarket.co.za.
Pothole Repair Initiative
The group has embarked on an initiative to repair pothole-ridden roads/streets in and around the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (“Metro”). Roadmac Surfacing (Pty) Ltd (“Roadmac”), one of the group’s subsidiary companies, is responsible for driving this initiative in the area.
The group strongly believes that infrastructure assets are the foundation of a country’s economic development, hence initiation of this initiative. While assisting the Metro to maintain its existing road infrastructure, the initiative is also alleviating the potential undue harm and costs any potholes may cause motorists and residents of the Metro.
All work is being done on a pro bono basis and during the year, Roadmac’s team has managed to repair 3 187 potholes in the area at a cost of R832 282 (2019: R175 509). Potholes identified are generally repaired within 72 hours of being reported to the team.
Raubex 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. This project is one example of the flagship corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives currently being undertaken by the group.