EnviroServ works hard to maintain a strong connection with the communities which surround us, and to do good at the same time. Our history of innovative and considered Corporate Social Investment speaks to this, and our commitment to a variety of programmes which help people advance, gain employment and build on education reflects what we feel is a commitment to the future of the country.
INTUTHUKO SEWING PROJECT
We helped to start the Intuthuko Sewing project in 2004 as a means to empower women from around the Holfontein Waste Treatment and Disposal facility with an opportunity to earn a living through sewing. Since then, the project has grown to become a robust business that directly employs 30 people and exports their designs to countries as far away as Canada and the USA.
Each creation of Intuthuko is made from export-quality, hand-dyed thread and is a unique piece of art and a form of personal statement. Their aim is to retain the traditional folk-art, quality and integrity of the product, and the themes of their work often focus on the challenges of day-to-day life as they confront it, drawing attention to issues of importance in South Africa and their community.
Learnerships for the unemployed
EnviroServ seeks to upskill communities in which we operate, and by association the country. During the 2015-2016 financial year EnviroServ implemented learnerships for unemployed people living around our operational sites. Since then, hundreds of people around the country, including those with disabilities, have completed the 12-month Business Administration level two learnership. This is a national certificate through the South African Qualifications Authority and consists of theory and practical training. EnviroServ covers the costs of each learners’ tuition to the value of R60 000. Theoretical training is always followed by practical training on-site or at the sites of other businesses with whom EnviroServ has relationships with.
ENVIROSERV DRESS A LEARNER PROGRAMME
Since 2014, EnviroServ has run the Dress a Learner Programme, a collaborative effort between community leaders, the Department of Basic Education that encourages schooling among primary and high school learners through the provision of a uniform.
Each year learners, no less than 80 learners in 15 schools nationally are supplied with full school uniforms, thus encouraging them to attend school.
VISSERSHOK WASTE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL FACILITY, WESTERN CAPE, SUPPORTS MORNING STAR COMMUNITY
Vissershok Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility, improves and strengthens the existing good relationships with the community, which support two projects in Morning Star. An annual Christmas function sees about 20 children (and their parents) provided with lunch and a gift, as well as their full school stationery for the new year. Eight of these household are provided with water, electricity, sewer and waste management services. We also provide the community church with free electricity and building maintenance. Vissershok Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility maintains a docking station where community members may drop their recycling, with the rebate paid into the community’s security fund.
ALOES WASTE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL FACILITY, EASTERN CAPE, SUPPORTS SCHOOLS
In 2017, EnviroServ was approached by stakeholders in the Eastern Cape including the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality to request the company consider a long term relationship to encourage reading. An annual reading competition was launched in 2018. EnviroServ contributed R25 000 towards this worthy cause, enabling 21 schools to participate. As this is a long term partnership, 2019 saw more schools participate as word about the initiative spread and we look forward to watching it grow in the future.
HOLFONTEIN COMMUNITY GARDEN
Troubling levels of unemployment in the community neighbouring its Holfontein Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility prompted EnviroServ to step in and make a difference. The company worked with Food Gardens for Africa to train 20 Holfontein residents, including community leaders, in vegetable farming.
EnviroServ paid for the training and provided all resources required to start a community garden, including a one-hectare plot of land. The garden was fenced and tools, manure, compost, a variety of seeds, insect protection sheeting and a JoJo tank were provided. With an accessible water supply secured, training completed and equipment and resources supplied, community members are now trading successfully with large shops in the area.
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