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.
We embrace our corporate citizenship obligations and responsibilities and we strive to make a positive social contribution. Our operations are located in areas affected by poverty, unemployment, inequality and inadequate provision of infrastructure. We seek to ensure a lasting positive impact within these communities.
Mangaung Metro Municipality – Pothole repair initiative
The group has embarked on an initiative to repair pothole-ridden roads in and around the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (“the Metro”). Roadmac Surfacing (Pty) Ltd (“Roadmac”), one of the group’s subsidiary companies, is responsible for driving this initiative in the area.
While assisting the Metro in maintaining its existing road infrastructure, the initiative is also alleviating the potential undue harm and costs any potholes might cause motorists and residents of the Metro.
All work is being done on a pro bono basis and during the year, Roadmac’s team managed to repair 4 470 (2020: 3 187) potholes in the area at a cost of R685 359 (2020: R832 282). 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 CSI initiatives currently being undertaken by the group.
Bambanani Projects (“Bambanani”) is a non-profit organisation which brings 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 that 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.
Bambanani was supported with a financial contribution of R407 000 (2020: R383 000) during the year.
North West University Flue Gas Desulfurisation Gypsum Project
Coal combustion for the purpose of the generation of electricity contributes significantly to the emission of flue gas containing toxic gases, such as sulphur dioxide. South Africa is the world’s third largest contributor of sulphur dioxide emissions. To reduce the emissions of flue gas, South African power stations are actively implementing new and improving existing flue gas reduction technologies.
Eskom is currently one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in South-Africa. OMV (Pty) Ltd (“OMV”), one of the group’s subsidiary companies, has collaborated with North-West University (“NWU”) on this project. Part of this contribution to NWU has afforded OMV bursary students and other final year students, the opportunity of being actively involved in this process and gaining meaningful insights and experience on how to reduce the emissions of flue gas.
For the purposes of flue gas desulfurisation (“FGD”), circulating fluidised bed (“CFB”) technology is often used. Hydrated lime (Ca(OH)2) is used as sorbent and reacts with sulphur dioxide (SO2) in a humidified environment to produce calcium sulphite hemihydrate (CaSO3-0.5H2O).
The aim of the project is to provide technical assistance to the Eskom project team to facilitate the implementation of FGD scrubbing technology on their coal fired power plants. Through the research, the students will determine kinetics for the reaction between sulphur dioxide and hydrated lime, which is the reaction utilised for the desulphurisation of flue gas. The reaction kinetics are required to design and simulate the operation of a CFB reactor, which will be utilised in certain South African power stations to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions. Kinetics experiments are conducted with a differential micro-scale fixed bed reactor.
The production of a valuable product, such as gypsum or plaster of Paris, during the reaction is also investigated. In the long run OMV will gain better documented knowledge to produce valuable product and the total community of South Africa will gain a better quality of life with less pollution in high impact areas.
The project was supported with a financial contribution of R354 000 (2020: Rnil) during the year.
Covid-19 related donations
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted severely on the lives of people and businesses in South Africa in various ways, including also government institutions, which were affected mainly due to the increased burden placed on healthcare institutions.
Raubex recognised the needs that came about as a result of the pandemic and looked at ways of assisting the communities in which we operate. The need for surgical masks for healthcare workers was identified as a critical aspect that required assistance from the private sector. Assistance with screening of communities as well as the donation of food parcels was also undertaken in KZN and Johannesburg.
Raubex procured large amounts of masks and also received donations from suppliers and subcontractors for redistribution, following which institutions most in need were identified in our region and donations made to the following healthcare institutions situated in/and around the Mangaung Metro area:
- Pelonomi Regional Government Hospital;
- Freedom Square Primary Healthcare Clinic;
- Kagisanong Clinic; and
- Batho Clinic.
Masks and food parcels in excess of R200 000 were donated in order to aid these institutions in working safer during the critical phases of the pandemic and also to assist communities in KZN on the M7 road project east of the N2 interchange, the communities close to St Helen Joseph Hospital project, South Hills project, Bon Accord asphalt plant and communities in Witbank. We continue to support our communities through donations and social investment interactions and interventions.
By assisting the healthcare workers and communities is the group’s way of showing our appreciation for their contributions towards fighting the pandemic.
Anchor of Hope – Help a girl child stay in school
In South Africa hundreds of thousands of girls between the ages of 13 to 18 years do not have direct access to sanitary wear, due to financial restraints.
The effect is that these girls do not attend school and are absent approximately 12 weeks every year. This has a direct impact on the pass rate, emotional stability and social welfare of their communities.
Roadmac Surfacing Cape (Pty) Ltd (“RMC”), one of the group’s subsidiary companies, supports this initiative to provide some much-needed relief through Anchor of Hope.
The main aim was not only to supply a young girl in school with sanitary towels, but also to ensure long-term sustainable relief by supplying sanitary kits based on a two-year cycle. RMC has thus far distributed 200 bags of sanitary kits with five reusable sanitary pads in a bag to a high school in Cape Town. A further 300 bags of sanitary kits will be distributed to schools in the Eastern Cape.
As a norm, disposable sanitary supplies are often too expensive for families to afford, forcing many young women to use unsanitary alternatives. Reusable sanitary pads are a cheap, effective and empowering tool for young women.
Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
We believe that access to cost effective reusable sanitary pads can be a powerful tool in keeping young women in school.
The community project was supported with a financial contribution of R125 000 (2020: Rnil) during the year.
Monyetla Bursary Project
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.
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 the Mangaung Metro. 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.
During the 2020 school year and during March 2020, when the initial Covid-19 lockdown started, Monyetla identified the need to support matrics with online video lessons and other academic resources while they were at home under lockdown level 5. The Monyetla team continued to upload video lessons presented by master teachers in 12 subjects until the end of the matric final examinations. The lessons were initially uploaded for the benefit of learners in the Free State Province, but soon the whole country gained access to and enjoyed the lessons.
All resources and video lessons were provided to matrics without any subscription fees.
This meant learners viewed video lessons without data costs. By November 2020, the total visitors to the website recorded was 73 000. Monyetla will continue to support the matrics with more video content lessons on the website during the 2021 school year.
The Monyetla Project was invited by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to be part of the Woza matric programme on SABC 3, e-TV and DSTV. Monyetla was privileged to attend the launch of this television intervention in August 2020. On this occasion, the minister thanked Monyetla Project for supporting South African matriculants in a time of crisis.
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.
Monyetla was supported with a financial contribution of R100 000 (2020: R85 000), this contribution allows learners to be exempted from programme fees, which Monyetla covers with the support of their sponsors.