The Foundation operates in the nine provinces of South Africa. Economic and social development managers and advisers employed by Eskom are based in each province to represent the Foundation.
In addition, and in consultation with the stakeholder forums of the Eskom new build sites, integrated social and economic development programmes are initiated, based on identified needs that are within the operating mandate of the Foundation.
Grants and donations are considered for community-based organisations, development agencies and organisations involved in philanthropic work for the development and benefit of the disadvantaged, as well as small and medium enterprises. The primary target groups for grants and donations are women, youth and children, as well as people with disabilities.
The Foundation revised its strategy to focus on development in communities around Eskom capacity expansion sites. Planning has been completed to implement projects in the communities around Lephalale (Medupi site). Communities around Kusile site include eMalahleni, Delmas, Ogies and Phola, as well as communities around Camden (Ermelo), Komati (Middelburg) and Grootvlei (Balfour), as well as Ingula pumped storage scheme (Ladysmith/Harrismith) and Eskom’s return-to-service (RTS) sites.
The Foundation has a number of flagship programmes. It also supports a number of national CSI programmes that are deemed important for the socio-economic development of the South African landscape.
Donations to philanthropic and welfare causes executed by registered non-profit organisations are also considered. The donation of assets is also facilitated and accounted for on behalf of Eskom and its subsidiaries.
These programmes are initiated by the Foundation and include:
- Business investment competition
- Business opportunities expo
- Energy and sustainability
- Contractor academy
- Small and medium enterprise development
National programmes are funded as they are deemed of strategic importance to Eskom:
- Energy and sustainability
- Further education and training colleges
Development grants are considered for the capacity building of registered and operating projects in the economic and social sectors that meet the grant making criteria of the Foundation; particularly those in communities around Eskom’s new build sites.
Support to economic projects will continue in the form of marketing and financial assistance to small enterprises through the Eskom business opportunities expo and the Eskom business investment competition and business skills capacity building and mentoring through business incubators, contractor academies and other training initiatives.
Support to social projects will include support to philanthropic/welfare organisations, support to early childhood development (ECD) centres, capacity building for primary schools and further education and training colleges (FETs).
Donations are considered to registered, philanthropic or welfare organisations or donations to causes that are strategically important to Eskom, a region or to South Africa are considered:
- Philanthropic donations
- Strategic donations
- Divisional donations
Sustainability is a vital element of Eskom’s CSI interventions. It is considered both in developing the Foundation’s strategy and at a project level.
In terms of the Foundation’s strategy:
- Support is provided in terms of education, from the early childhood development phase onwards. It is a long-term strategy to ultimately contribute to an improved pipeline of grade 12 learners with good results in mathematics, physical science and language to study in engineering and technical disciplines to meet the human resources needs of Eskom and South Africa.
- Support provided to further education and training colleges contributes not only to improving the employability of the youth, but also to creating a future pipeline from which to draw technical skills, for Eskom and other industries.
- Support provided to small business through skills development and marketing support assists these businesses in growing and providing further employment opportunities; and contributes to creating a pool of SMME and BWO suppliers from whom Eskom and other large corporate players can procure goods and services.