Sustainable Community Development
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: GROWTH TO OUR NATION
Our slogan coal to the world, growth to the nation fits in well with our community development initiatives. Our main focus is in the following areas:
- Skills development
- Crime fighting
- Social welfare
- Poverty alleviation
Education : Mobile mini-science kits
We supported the provincial department of education’s initiative of ensuring that learners have access to science labs. Many rural schools do not have access to laboratories and many complete schools without having seen a science experiment. It was on this thinking that RBCT agreed to partner with the department by donating mobile science kits for distribution to local rural schools.
The project is proving to be very useful and well received by the school teachers and learners. One teacher commented that “ now our learners will at least see the basic experiments that they always read about in the text books, the science kit donated to our school will really add value,”
We have committed to continue donating more of these mobile science kits. Our target is to donate 100 mobile science labs by 2013.
Ntabeni primary school
2010 marked the final completion and official handover of the school to the community of Ndidima and department of education. RBCT has in the past 10 years funded the building of the school in stages to a total amount of R3.2 million. The school is now complete. RBCT has helped the community to have a primary school of their own.
Prior to RBCT’s involvement, children were learning under the trees or they would have to walk long distances just to attend school.
A garden for every home
We do not wish to see a child go to sleep hungry. Many children live in homes where no-one is employed and the quality of their lives is impacted. For the past few years, we partnered with department of agriculture in supporting families to start their own vegetable gardens. Home owners were trained on how to start and manage a home garden. On completion of the training, they were each given the necessary tools, equipment, and seeds to start their home gardens.
In support of Amangwe village
Amangwe village is close to our hearts. This is a place where hope is restored, love is shared and support is given unconditionally. On our regular visits to Amangwe village, we are always impressed with the professionalism which the centre is managed. RBCT has a long standing relationship with Amangwe.
On annual basis, we support the centre with funding that enables them to continue providing that much needed home-based care to people infected and affected by the pandemic. We adopted the Amangwe crèche as our flagship project which we financially assist every year. We have no doubt that many future leaders will be produced through the selfless efforts done by Amangwe teachers
A crèche based in eSikhawini. This is a crèche built by the community but due to overcrowding and lack of resources was no longer able to cope. They needed assistance to extend their crèche by 2 classrooms. After visiting the crèche and witnessing the love that is given to these children in the midst of little or no resources, we could not help but heed to the call.
They now have enough room to cater for the children and ABET lessons in the afternoon. They also hire our one of the classrooms during weekends to the community for events and weddings to generate income for the crèche.
Developing sport talent
We encourage all our employees to play an active role in the development of their own communities. It is in this vein that we support some sports projects where our employees are involved or in communities within which our employees live. On regyular basis, we donate full soccer kits to qualifying employees’ applications. These kits are aimed to be for junior teams that are in developmental stage.
Improving the pass rate
Through one of our employees’ commitment and efforts to improve the pass rate of the local schools, RBCT committed to assist the extra lessons held over weekends at Khula High School in Esikhawini. The project is proving to be a success and growing every year. Learners attending these extra classes are from all high schools in Esikhawini area. Supporting this initiative are tutors most of whom are our employees and some are final year students from the University of Zululand.
We continue to assist various local non-governmental organizations that do the much needed work in our communities through our annual standard donations programme.
Employee outreach programmes
Our community funding is not only cash based. Employees play a key role in adding a human touch to the lives of people. During the year we conduct collection drives for school shoes, participate in CANSA’s shavathon where employees raise funds which RBCT matches. On annual basis, we donated blankets to DICE organisation and contribute towards efforts to WWF to save rhinos, to name a few.
Trees for life is an ongoing project that we are passionate about. Each year we are a catalyst to many Treepreneurs to be able to feed their families, buy school uniforms, receive bicycles, and receive basic building materials for their homes. This is based on the Treepreneurs growing more indigenous trees and exchanging these for items that they need. This project also teaches communities about environmental awareness.