Corporate Social Responsibilty
Social Responsibilty

Corporate Social Responsibility

Innately, our day to day business operations have a direct positive impact on the health of society and of the planet in general. However, socio-economic empowerment for the vast majority of South Africans is still desperately needed and calls for direct, hands-on action by those with relevant resources.

Our resources include intellectual capital, insight into society’s impact on the environment, and high level project and process management capabilities. We put these to work in initiatives focused on alleviating poverty.

For instance, we ensure that the bulk of the manpower for our Holfontein class A disposal facility is drawn from the Daveyton and Etwatwa communities that surround it. We have also mounted programmes aimed at establishing lasting self sufficiency within these communities. We place particular emphasis on education to help equip today’s children to take a society forward into the future. Where possible and relevant, we contribute social value through projects that relate to sustainability principles and waste handling, particularly waste minimisation through waste reduction, recovery, re-use, and recycling.

In this context, beyond our immediate communities, we focus on ensuring general economic sustainability via our value chains, creating mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the private sector, and government bodies.

In terms of our community-focused initiatives, we are particularly proud of:

The Intuthuko Sewing Project

Started in 2002 with the objective of empowering women in the Daveyton and Etwatwa townships, this project has developed into a sturdy business employing 30 people. We provide the facilities through which women design and execute a wide range of colourful embroideries that are in demand in markets as far afield as Canada and the United States of America. Intuthuko works have won numerous awards.

The Chris Dlamini Dress a Learner Programme

A collaborative effort between the community leaders in Daveyton and Etwatwa, the Department of Basic Education, and EnviroServ that kicked off in 2013, this programme encourages youngsters to attend school by supplying them with full school uniforms at the beginning of each academic year. With government introducing school feeding programmes at disadvantaged schools some years ago, the lack of uniforms has become the primary reason for absenteeism among schoolchildren.

Zandi’s Angels

The recent economic downturn made taking on additional CSI initiatives uncomfortable. 

 

However, when our executive committee was told about an orphanage in dire circumstances, it had no hesitation in buying and renovating to standards legislated for child care a house in Boksburg North, Gauteng. Twenty children now have a place to call home, with each child having a bed of his or her own. 

Alien Plant Alleviation

We constantly seek out opportunities to partner with stakeholders, especially communities around our operations.

For a while now, EnviroServ has been involved in a number of CSI initiatives in KZN province. We don’t believe in only handouts, our association with this province is a long term partnership. For instance, we ensure that the bulk of the manpower for our Shongweni disposal facility is drawn from the communities that surround it.

At the beginning of 2015, the company started investigating more ways of giving back to the communities around Shongweni, KZN. After a number of meetings between EnviroServ and the community leaders, issues that were of utmost concern were identified.  Around the same time, Mrs Molebogeng “Mo” Mathebula of Tshwaranang Community Projects approached the company requesting funding for projects in Kroonstad in the Free State and KZN. This was a destiny moment to ensure that a partnership for the benefit of identified communities could be forged . Together we could ensure long term employment to residents, they will help to eliminate from the environment alien plants whose ever increasing encroachment has been causing concern for villagers, government, and corporates alike.  31 community members were identified by community leaders and will be employed on this project.

 



 

The launch date for this alien plant alleviation project took place on  30 July and was well attended. Dignitaries included Cllr Moyo, Chief Shozi, community leader- Mr. Mathula Mkhize, EnviroServ CEO Mr. Des Gordon and Mr. Clive Kidd to name but a few.

EnviroServ is not just a waste management company, we are an important part of the South African society. contribute to nation building and poverty alleviation

Play more – Progress

The Eastern Cape is one of the poorest provinces and its rural schools lack the most basic facilities. In the belief that healthy bodies and healthy minds are closely interlinked and that sport is a powerful incentive for children to attend school and avoid being drawn into gangs, we are closely involved in refurbishing sports grounds, grassing fields, and erecting poles as requested by communities.

Donations

We focus our donations on charities that work with the rehabilitation, health, and reform of children. We have made contributions to:

  • Nazareth House
  • St Mary’s Hospital
  • Avril Elizabeth Home
  • Boys and Girls Town SA
  • Salvation Army
  • Doctors without Borders
  • Wits Foundation – Wits Paediatric Fund
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association of South Africa
  • Wildlands Conservation Trust