Nampak’s corporate social investment policy and practices have been in place for a number of years. This has resulted in meaningful long-term relationships with key schools and the broader communities located near our factories.
We aim to make a meaningful difference and therefore have adopted a focused approach to our activities which are largely centred on youth development. We also provide general support to the communities through donations to various hospices and other charities.
The group has a target of allocating 1% of its profit after tax to corporate social investment. During 2020, a total of R2.9 million was spent on supporting our partnered schools with R100 00 paid for membership of organised business.
Total 2020 spend R3 000 000
Nampak’s bursary scheme, which has operated successfully for many years, provides assistance to high-potential learners for continuing education at tertiary institutions. Being a manufacturing organisation, we allocate bursary funds to those learners who are studying towards science, engineering, supply chain and accounting degrees. Wherever possible, we offer bursars vocational work experience at our operations. Recently qualified graduates are eligible to apply to join our graduate development programme. We currently support 83 bursars of which 18 are from our partnered schools.
Nampak’s partnered schools
Nampak’s school partnering programme is now in its eighteenth year. Secondary schools which were carefully selected for this initiative are in areas close to the group’s South African factories where it is likely that employees’ children will attend. We fund the upgrading and equipping of libraries, science laboratories, computer classrooms and general security. Teachers are provided with an opportunity to enhance their skills and improve their own qualifications.
The schools currently being supported are:
- Amogelang High School in Soshanguve, Gauteng
- Lebohang High School in Boipatong, Gauteng
- Lethulwazi High School in Vosloorus, Gauteng
- Nkumbulo High School in Kwa-Thema, Gauteng
- Swelihle High School in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal
Nampak appoints an employee as a champion for each school. These school champions are responsible for engaging regularly with the principal, teachers and school governing bodies. These sessions provide an opportunity for feedback and also ensure that the programmes are adding value in the correct areas.
Our ultimate goal is to provide career opportunities within Nampak for learners either directly from school or through further education support. Our criteria for awarding bursaries to learners in our sponsored schools include the academic performance of candidates during their matric year, with particular emphasis on mathematics, science and accounting, as well as the potential of such student for future management positions within Nampak.