Our communities

In striving to be a sustainable company and contributing to growth in South Africa, we are committed to helping develop and improve the quality of life in the communities in which we live and work. We have an established CSI Committee which assesses and makes suggestions for projects which include education, health, housing, community and infrastructure. During the year, the committee placed emphasis on increasing employee participation in these projects and employees consequently assisted the vegetable garden projects at two local schools. In the year ahead, employees will be further encouraged to donate their time to assist with our social development projects.

Scaw invested a total of R1,5 million in CSI projects during the year. This is an unfortunate reduction from the prior year’s contribution of R1,8 million as a result of reduced available funding due to challenging market conditions.

An overview of some of our beneficiaries during the year is set out below:

Education

Adopt-a-School: Eketsang Secondary School in Katlehong
Scaw has supported this school since 2012 when it was adopted by the human resources department (before the creation of the CSI Committee). The school is located in Wadeville which is near our largest premises. Scaw’s support has helped Eketsang to implement the following:
  • Literature educator development programme and classroom support for grades 8 to 12
  • Library books
  • Text books
  • Science equipment, educator development and classroom support
  • Mathematics educator development and classroom support programme for grades 10 to 12
Scaw’s commitment
R360 000
 
Adopt-a-School: Mohloli Secondary School in Sharpeville
Scaw adopted this school, which is situated close to our Vereeniging Chain operation, in FY13/14. Mohloli stood out during our selection process due to the dedication of its educators. They have implemented a communal teaching method which enables learners to gain additional assistance from extra classes before and after school as well as on Saturday mornings. Scaw’s support has contributed to the renovation of the science laboratory.
Scaw’s commitment
R390 000
 
Epworth Children’s Village – community educational outreach programme
Epworth provides a community resource centre to both residents and the surrounding communities. In collaboration with the Gauteng Provincial Department of Education, it provides education support services to educators, parents, guardians and the learners at 13 schools in the Tembisa area.
Scaw’s commitment
R250 000
 

Sports development

Cricket
The Scaw Cricket Club supports the development of youth from the communities surrounding Union Junction. The club runs a December holiday programme where schoolchildren have the opportunity to refine their cricket skills. Transport, cricket gear and refreshments are provided for these young batsmen and bowlers.
Scaw’s commitment
R20 000
 
Soccer
Scaw sponsored new uniforms, equipment, referee fees and transport for the junior soccer side from the surrounding areas of the Union Junction site.
Scaw’s commitment
R10 000
 
Athletics
Scaw provided Scaw Harriers Club with financial support for the junior development team. The youth are trained in both athletics and cross-country running. The club ensures that the registration fees, transport and refreshments are paid for the junior runners.
Scaw’s commitment
R50 000
 

Environment

Food and Trees for Africa
To date, Scaw has planted 3 000 trees at Katlehong homes and schools. The group, together with community members, also planted two vegetable gardens at schools in the area in the year.
Scaw’s commitment
R400 000

Ad hoc

 
Scaw sponsored two buses to transport learners to the Youth Week Expo at Nasrec arranged by the Department of Education.
Scaw’s commitment
R35 000
 
 
Scaw also donated funds to the University of Johannesburg (UJ). This donation was intended for the “missing middle
  • students who are unable to qualify for National Student Financial Aid Scheme loans, but are academically eligible. The campaign has raised R60 million to date.
Scaw’s commitment
R10 000
 
 
We also had the pleasure of engaging with all our partners at the end of FY15 to acknowledge the importance of having credible partners who have the ability to roll out the projects at grassroots level.