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.