Corporate social investment

 
SCORE CARD
       
            CSI  
            EXPENDITURE  
            ACTUAL TO  
            DATE 2010  
      CATEGORY DESCRIPTION % SPLIT   R’000  
 
  Education 6,87   1 075  
    HIV/Aids Programmes 4,02   628  
    Sport 4,41   690  
    Community care/assistance 1,16   182  
    Social development/upliftment 4,79   749  
    General donations 0,97   152  
    Ilembe CSI Spend 77,77   12 164  
      Grand total 100,00   15 640  

Corporate social investment

We often work in rural and very poor areas where we are able to make tangible differences to the communities there and our employees are encouraged to support community projects in the areas in which they operate.

INTRODUCTION

As a responsible corporate citizen, WBHO recognises an obligation to support under privileged communities and worthwhile initiatives and projects.

We often work in rural and very poor areas where we are able to make tangible differences to the communities there and our employees are encouraged to support community projects in the areas in which they operate.

As a result WBHO is involved in a number of social programmes throughout the country where we assist with the construction and renovation of buildings, provision of infrastructure and sponsorships of various organisations involved with HIV/Aids orphans, social welfare, child care, social activities, education and health care.

Over and above our site specific projects the group also has in place the following corporate initiatives:

EDUCATION

The group is in its third year of partnership with TRAC where a travelling science laboratory is deployed to under privileged schools with the aim of improving science education for both learners and educators. TRAC is active in Alexandra north of Johannesburg, where 1 313 learners have received additional science tuition as well as in KwaZulu-Natal where they support 15 schools.

In rural KwaZulu-Natal, WBHO has assisted in the construction of computer centres, science laboratories, media centres and sporting facilities for needy black schools.

We continue to sponsor the Umlambo Foundation where two headmasters from Limpopo attend a management programme at the University of Johannesburg. Bursaries are also awarded to certain under privileged learners.

WBHO assists various tertiary educational institutions and colleges with advice on engineering related curricula and financial assistance.

HEALTH HIV/AIDS

WBHO has helped finance the Umvoti Aids Centre in KwaZulu-Natal as well as providing assistance to various other HIV/Aids centres throughout the country.

SPORTING

The group provided financial assistance to the Ernie Els Golf Foundation that coaches youngsters of all races who show talent for the sport and the sponsorship of James Kamte, a young and talented black golfer who plays on the Asian and European golf circuits continues.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

In 2009, when executing a contract in the Eastern Cape district of Mount Frere, WBHO formed an alliance with ComMark in order to uplift the local farming community with education in animal husbandry. Our employees set time aside to assist in building feedlots and providing the necessary infrastructure for the programme.

The programme now continues under the direction of the National Agricultural Marketing Council and forms part of the Umzimvubu Red Meat Project which aims to alleviate poverty, reverse urbanization and support rural communities.

This year WBHO assisted with funding for the South Africa – Washington Internship Program (SAWIP), an initiative that identifies young leaders who are then “tested” through a number of community activities in order to promote the philosophy of “servant leaders”. These cadets visit Washington to explore challenges facing the United States that have an impact on South Africa. We look forward to meeting these candidates in August this year.

For the financial year under review WBHO spent R15,6 million (2009: R11 million) on corporate social investment. We continue to involve ourselves in local community initiatives within the vicinity of our projects and try to make a difference to those less privileged.