AFGRI considers Corporate Social Investment (CSI) an integral part of its business. The company invests various resources (money, equipment, employee volunteering time) in a variety of community initiatives throughout its operational area with the aim of stimulating, supporting social and economic upliftment.

AFGRI’s CSI programme is designed and implemented through partnerships to empower and enhance the lives of disadvantaged communities in areas where AFGRI has a presence throughout the country.

In efforts to stimulate positive and sustainable development, AFGRI, in the financial year ending March 2015, supports and partners with community organisations that aim to create social value and operating in the focus areas of Education, Poverty Alleviation, Water and Food Security.

Community organisations  interested in applying for support should complete the application form, attach at least the NPO registration certificate, BEE certificate, founding documents such as Constitution, confirmation from SARS regarding tax status, proof of bank account (cancelled cheque or bank letter) as well as latest annual financial statements.

Community initiatives which were supported in the financial year ending March 2015 include the following:

EDUCATION

Birchcroft Primary School

Birchcroft Primary School is a co-educational English independent school in Dullstroom.  The school follows the National Core Curriculum and promotes enriched academic and extra mural activities.  An annual grant has been provided to the school to assist 10 local previously disadvantaged learners.  Funding was utilised for tuition, uniform and other reasonable expenditure as determined by the school and approved by AFGRI.

Belfast Academy

Belfast Academy is a government school providing education from grade 1 to grade 12 in Belfast, Mpumalanga. AFGRI supports learners that we funded to learn at Birchcroft Primary to continue their secondary education at Belfast Academy. The Group funds for the supported learners’ school fees and transport costs.

Fundisisa Combined School

The school was established by a local farmer in 2008 with the aim of providing education to the farm children in Delmas. Fundisisa Combined School is now registered with the Department of Education as a no-fee educational institution. The school serves 252 learners from Grade 0 to 9. AFGRI has been involved with the school for several years. The Group funds the monthly salary of an additional teacher, who specialises in Mathematics and Science subjects.

Thubelihle Day Care Centre

AFGRI seeks to uplift education standards and enhance educational institutions to improve the quality of education that children receive and the environments where the learners learn. Thubelihle Day Care Centre provides early childhood education to 100 children from Kanana township and other surrounding townships in Bethal. AFGRI has renovated the centre, built the play-ground and supports the day care with monthly groceries for nutritional diet.

Golden Gate Hospice Day Care Centre

AFGRI regards early childhood development as critical for establishing the foundation for academic success for all children. The Golden Gate Hospice Day Care Centre in Bethlehem provides early education to 88 children from 2 to 6 years old. AFGRI funds the salaries of two teachers at the day care centre.

Ditshego Pre-School

Ditshego Pre-school in Mooiplaas informal settlement provides early childhood education to 100 learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. To enhance the learning environment and nourishment of the learners, AFGRI contributed to the renovation of the centre and provides the pre-school with monthly groceries.

Philena Primary School

Philena Primary School is a government, no fee school. It provides education from Grade 1 to Grade 7 to children from Olivenhoutbosch, Centurion and its surrounding townships. AFGRI’s employees paved the area between classroom blocks at the school.

Vastfontein Community Transformation

Vastfontein Community Transformation is a child-care village focusing on the development, education and social upliftment of its learners, residents and the wider community. The centre, situated between Pretoria and Hammanskraal, prides itself by providing world class education and ‘homes’ to some of its vulnerable and orphans learners. AFGRI has built and donated the administration block, a classroom for Grade 8 pupils, donated funds towards the purchase of Grade 8 and 9 textbooks, high school classroom equipment, salaries for four teachers, salary for the high school administrator and a mobile classroom for grade 9.

AFGRI divisions – Equipment, Africa and Gro Capital Divisions donates monthly fees for learners to participate in the Kumon programme. This extra curriculum programme tutors learners in Mathematics and English.

Tshireletso Primary School

Tshireletso Primary School in Meadowlands, Soweto is a no-fee government school, providing education to 1,250 learners from Meadowlands and other surrounding townships. AFGRI has donated garden tools, fertilisers, an irrigation system and seedlings to the school vegetable garden. The garden will supply the school feeding scheme with fresh vegetables for a nutritional diet.

AFGRI Mentorship Programme in Olivenhoutbosch and Alexandra

AFGRI has committed to continue mentoring 40 learners from Steve Tshwete Secondary School and East Bank High School, who participated in the AFGRI – Men in the making and Girl Power programmes. AFGRI has contracted ‘Careers for a Powerful You’ (C4U) to work with the learners at their respective schools on a weekly basis. C4U is a mentorship company that is committed to empowering young people using various initiatives that ensure equal access to resources, opportunities, encourage innovation and creativity and produce sustainable development within rural and township communities. The company follows a set development and mentoring programme that is agreed to by AFGRI.

POVERTY ALLEVIATION

Unathi Drop in Centre

Unathi Drop in Centre in Mokopane, Limpopo is an after school care centre for 110 orphans in Ga-Madiba village in Mokopane. Some of the children are raised by their grandparents whilst others live in child-headed households. The centre feeds the children two meals after school, assists with their homework and provides them with recreational activities. The Group has donated funds for the building of the centre, erected a fence and continues to donate monthly groceries to the centre.

Rholihlahla Drop in Centre

Rholihlahla Drop in Centre in Mokopane, Limpopo is an after school care centre for 206 orphans in Mokopane. The Rholihlahla Drop in Centre assists children with their homework and feeds them two meals a day. AFGRI is currently building a formal structure on land allocated by the Royal House and approved by the Municipality.

Alexandra Child-headed Households

With the high rate of child-headed households in the country, where children are responsible for looking after their younger siblings, AFGRI has identified child-headed households in Alexandra township and provided the children with school uniform, stationery and grocery.

FOOD AND WATER SECURITY

Roundabout  PlayPumps

AFGRI continues to provide five under-resourced primary schools with clean drinking water in Mpumalanga, to ensure that the learners and communities have access to safe, clean and disease-free water.

Zama Zama Informal Settlement

Zama Zama Informal Settlement on the outskirts of Pretoria struggled with access to clean and safe water.  AFGRI provided the community with a borehole to ensure that the community has sufficient clean water.

EMPLOYEE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (ECI) – AFGRI CARES Programme

AFGRI recognises the value of employee community involvement and has strengthened its ECI programme as part of working together and giving back to communities. The Group’s employee volunteering programme is called AFGRI CARES and it aims to support and encourage the employees across the Group to work together with the communities and to donate their time and skills.

Some of the employee volunteering initiatives that were undertaken are as following:

  • AFGRI – Saturday Accounting Tutorial Classes – AFGRI noted with concern that majority of the learners struggled with Accounting, English and Mathematics subjects. The Group employees volunteered to provide accounting tutorial classes on Saturdays at Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olivenhoutbosch to Grade 10 and 11 learners. From September 2014, the employees tutored accounting at the school. We are proud of the learners, teachers and tutors for the significant improvement reflected in the end of the year Accounting results for all grades tutored. Grade 10 has improved from 23.79% to 60% pass rate and Grade 11 has doubled its pass rate from 30.02 to 65% pass rate at the end of the year. The employees have committed to continue to offer Accounting tutorials from Grade 10 to Grade 12 in 2015. The Group continues to support the tutorial classes with the study and teaching materials.
  • Tracker Men in the Making Initiative – as part of its three year mentorship and grooming programme for young boys aimed at transforming them into responsible men of tomorrow, AFGRI participated in the Tracker Men in the Making on Friday 26 March 2014. We hosted 20 boy learners from East Bank High School in Alexandra and Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olivenhoutbosch. The boy learners spent a day and were mentored by 20 AFGRI male employees and various topics were discussed, including choices of field of study, how and when to apply to tertiary institutions etc.
  • AFGRI – Blood donation drives – various dates. AFGRI employees donated blood with the South African National Blood Services at quarterly intervals in 2014.
  • AFGRI Girl Power Day – as part of its three year programme mentoring and empowering young girls, AFGRI hosted 20 girl learners from East Bank High School in Alexandra and Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olivenhoutbosch. The girl learners spent a day and were mentored by 20 AFGRI female employees and various topics were discussed, including choices of field of study, how and when to apply to tertiary institutions etc.
  • AFGRI Christmas Giving Campaign – in line with AFGRI’s vision to drive food security across Africa, the Group encouraged its employees to donate clothes to the underprivileged Lozi community in Zambia. With the festive spirit of giving, employees opened their hearts and wardrobes by donating clothes, shoes and toys.
  • Mandela Day – AFGRI employees participated in the Mandela Day by building pavement between classroom blocks at Philena Primary School in Olivenhoutbosch, Centurion.
  • Other employee community initiatives included the Bandana Day, to raise funds for the Sunflower Fund and the Reach for your slippers Day in aid of Reach for you dream.

Get in Touch with CSI

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Contact us:

Mpati Mojapelo – CSI Manager

Tel:         + 27 11 063 2953

Email:    Mpati.mojapelo@afgri.co.za