There is a social conscience woven into the fabric of Sizwe, and we are determined to make a positive difference in the lives of the communities in which our clients, partners, suppliers and employees live and work. Therefore, together with our strategic clients, we invest in initiatives that will bring about a meaningful contribution to the social fabric of society and also to our future – our children.
Paramount among these is the Dr Sam Motsuenyane Rural Development Foundation, which seeks to support and develop emerging farmers. To date, this project has touched the lives of 200 emerging and small-holder farmers through three co-operatives that collectively work 6000 hectares of land for the farming of crops, citrus orchards and vegetables.
Such is the success of the initiative, that about 8 000 citrus trees have been planted, producing more than 100 tons of crops annually. This has created 30 permanent and approximately 1 500 seasonal jobs, with the potential to create many more in coming years.
We are currently sponsoring projects in the following areas, amongst others, and continuously work with our Partners and Clients to identify projects for Sizwe to sponsor:
- Matla a Bana who work in conjunction with SAPS and help children who report rape and abuse
- Bishop Bavin Seals, a school for differently abled aquatic athletes, to be trained alongside their able bodied counterparts
- Amadea - The Haven for Abandoned Babies
- Training facilities for SAPS switching centre in Middleburg
- SAPS Women’s network – donation of camera equipment
These projects are over and above the considerable investment in the training and mentorship of our regional BEE/SMMEs.