Corporate Social Investment
Metair’s investment in socio-economic development/corporate social investment projects in 2015 was R21.4 million (2014: R16.3 million). 40% of total CSI spend was allocated to education, 13% to skills development and 10% each to basic needs and social development and health projects. The group’s aggregate socio- economic development score decreased 1.63 points to 40.73.
Community socio-economic development
The projects funded by the operations aim to develop and uplift community members, and to increase the skills available in local communities. Most of these projects focus on addressing pressing health issues, skills development and improving facilities and tuition at schools. Initiatives supported during 2015 included:
Several CSI projects focus on schools as an effective way to benefit local communities:
ATE’s mobile training units conducted 244 training sessions at spares shops and fitment centres around the country, reaching 1 881 individuals, most of whom are HDSAs. ATE also sponsored school uniforms, supplies, books and three water tanks for Oliver’s House children in Grade 1.
- First National Battery supports the READ Project and ITEC’s Community Library Project, which aim to maximise literacy benefits for schoolchildren. The company sponsored reading materials, library fittings and training at four schools in the Eastern Cape, supported the ITEC Library facility in East London and sponsored a Maths and Science club to improve the subject skills and confidence of Grade 4 children. The company also supported the renovation of Encotsheni Primary School in Mdantsane.
First National Battery also donated eight batteries to the Off Road Rescue Unit organisation for use in their Mobile Command Post trailers, which are used in remote and inaccessible areas.
Hesto supports a Solar Powered Internet School at Siyavikelwa Senior Primary School, KwaZulu-Natal, in partnership with Samsung Electronics. Built in a 40-foot container, the smart school provides access to notebooks/tablets for students, local small business owners and community members from the company’s primary labour sending area.
Lumotech supported the We Care Project, which focusses on youth leadership and development, and community feeding schemes. The company also contributed to the AAA Safehouse to support the care of abandoned babies.
- Rombat employees supported the rehabilitation and modernisation of the town park in Copsa-Mică as well as the renovation of a roof and provision of household appliances for the benefit of six orphan children.
Smiths Manufacturing supported construction of classroom libraries for Grade 0 to Grade 3 students at Marianhill Primary School, construction of four classrooms at Westmead Secondary School and supplied a generator to Ethembeni School for disabled children. The company also sponsored scholarships for 11 students at Fulton School for the deaf.
- Supreme Spring supported a local feeding scheme and a community youth shelter.
Unitrade partnered with the local municipality to assist a home that cares for the disabled and elderly, including the donation of food and household appliances. The company also trained around 30 community members and small business owners in child care, home-based care and cooking.
Mutlu Akü opened Cemil Türker Elementary School in Akfırat in 1987 and continues to provide support to the school on an ongoing basis. The school has 12 classrooms and 430 students.
- Rombat supports a programme that aims to reintegrate former convicts back into society by helping to create new jobs for the community.
Metair head office funded the renovation and extension of the Khaya Community Centre in Lehae, Johannesburg, in 2013 and 2014. The project is a partnership with Orange Babies and involves the local municipality to ensure the sustainability of the facility and the project. The Khaya Centre includes an early childhood learning facility, educational facilities for school-going children, a bakery and kitchen, a sewing room, training rooms, a victim support centre and a primary health care facility.
Specific ED programmes in the group include First National Battery’s support of HDSA owners of Battery Centres through the provision of discounts and rebates, and ATE’s support for HDSA owners of Midas stores through the National Automobile Parts Association.
The group invested R27.3 million in enterprise development projects during 2015 (2014: R28.6 million) and the aggregate group ED score improved 5.22 points to 123.18.