Our approach to CSI is embodied both in our strategy of ensuring food security on the African continent, and in our tagline, AFGRI, your partner for life.

AFGRI CSI

AFGRI is eager to embrace its role as a good corporate citizen and through various initiatives, have a positive impact on the youth, emerging and commercial farmers, as well as the communities in which we operate.

We consider corporate social investment (CSI) an integral part of our business, and provide numerous resources, including equipment, volunteering initiatives and funding, to a variety of schools, community projects and other initiatives with the aim of stimulating and supporting social economic upliftment in Africa.

CORE FOCUS AREAS

Food Security

Education Support for Schools

Water Security

Poverty Alleviation

In South Africa we have supported

The past 3 Financial Years

Accounting Tutorials

Employee Community Initiatives

AFGRI “Warming Hearts” Blanket Drive

AFGRI “Warming Hearts”  Drive

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This is an annual project to encourage employees to donate warm materials to those who are less fortunate, to keep them warm in winter season.

  • In 2015, 206 blankets were donated to Huis Janri (Pretoria), Miriam Makeba Shelter for Girls (Ebony Park), child-headed households in Atteridgeville and the Tumelo Home for the Disabled in Ivory Park
  • In 2016, 130 new pairs of school shoes were donated to Mahlakodishe Mahlontebe Secondary School in Marble Hall, Zithobeni Secondary School in Bronkhorstspruit and Libertas Combined School in Senekal
Special Festive Drive

Special Festive Drive

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  • In 2015, employees donated 60 party packs and toys for the residents of Tumelo Home for the Disabled in Ivory Park
  • In 2016, employees donated 212 boxes filled with goodies to the Santa Shoebox Project
  • In 2017, employees donated 189 boxes filled with goodies to the Santa Shoebox Campaign

AFGRI Mentorship Programme

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40 learners from East Bank High in Alexandra and Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch participated in the Programme from 2013 to 2015. 3 students from the Programme were awarded full bursaries from the AFGRI Bursary Scheme for their tertiary qualifications. 80 learners are currently being mentored and participating in the Programme from 2016 to 2018.

Saturday Accounting Tutorial Classes

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At Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch AFGRI’s team improved the Saturday Accounting Tutorial Programme by providing additional tutors, extending the hours and applying new methodologies. The programme was also extended to include Grade 12 learners in addition to those from Grades 10 and 11. AFGRI is proud of all our employees who continue to show commitment and dedication to this programme, for effectively preparing for tutorial classes and covering more than what the learners do during the week.

The programme has already shown substantial improvements in results:

  • Grade 10 pass rate has improved from 30.11% in 2016 to 73%  in the first quarter of 2017
  • Grade 11 pass rate has improved from 40.36% in 2016 to 97%  in the first quarter of 2017
  • Grade 12 managed to achieve 100% in the first quarter of 2017
Sanitary Pad Initiative

Sanitary Pad Initiative

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AFGRI’s annual campaign to keep girl learners from disadvantaged backgrounds in school during their menstrual cycles. This project provides the opportunity to give girl learners confidence to participate in daily activities, to empower them not to feel ashamed and embarrassed, as well as to encourage them to embrace their femininity.

  • In 2015, 366 sanitary pads packs were donated to Kwedini Secondary School in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
  • In 2016, 766 sanitary pads packs were donated to Mahlakodishe Mahlontebe Secondary Schools in Marble Hall, Zithobeni Secondary in Bronkhorstspruit and Libertas Combined School in Senekal.
AFGRI Girl Power Day

AFGRI Girl Power Day

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As part of our three-year mentorship programme, AFGRI hosts around 40 girl learners from East Bank High School in Alexandra and Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch, who spend a day at AFGRI’s head office, being mentored by female employees. Various topics are discussed, including choices of field of study and how and when to apply to tertiary education institutions.

Mandela Day

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Employees participate in numerous projects in support of this worthy initiative.

  • In 2013 and 2014, 980 square meters of pavement was completed at Philena Primary School in Olievenhoutbosch.
  • In 2015, two vegetable gardens were developed at Saulridge Secondary School in Atteridgeville and the Child Academy in Tembisa to supplement school feeding schemes.
  • In 2016, 20 vegetable gardens were developed for 20 families at Stanza Bopape Clinic in Mamelodi. It is estimated that the income generated from this project is as follows: sale of spinach, R8,000 and R16,950 from the sale of cabbages as at 31 March 2017.
AFGRI Raising Leaders Initiative

AFGRI Raising Leaders Initiative

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The aim of this mentorship programme is to foster relationships between male leaders from AFGRI and selected learners, and to expose the learners to different careers in the agricultural sector.

Blood Donation Drives

Blood Donation Drives

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Employees donate blood to the South African National Blood Services on a quarterly basis, with 206 pints of blood being donated in 2017.

Other Projects

Other projects include Bandana Day to raise funds for the Sunflower Fund and Slipper Day in aid of Reach for a Dream.

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