Each year, Tsebo invests massively in community supplier projects that create new SMMEs through our Enterprise Development programme, allocating some 40% of our procurement spend to local suppliers. Our involvement with communities around our operational sites brings wealth, skills development and opportunities to people all over Africa.
Our ATS brand alone is a major contributor to the economic development of the local communities where it operates. Since 2012, 2850 community suppliers have received training from ATS while more than 80% of the company’s workforce is hired from these communities. Over 235 local businesses have been engaged to supply dry goods and consumables and more than 287 agricultural business activities support ATS operations. Procurement value from these businesses represents 21% of ATS’s total procurement – USD 11.5 million per year.
Since the birth of the company, the Group has lived by a powerful mantra: that it is possible to serve a demanding shareholder mandate while simultaneously building social value for the people and communities of Africa. In everything the Group does, a concrete effort is made to create opportunities for people to improve their lives. It is our belief that every choice we make will contribute to creating a brighter future for all.
For us, good business is about boosting opportunity with energy and skill, by unswervingly scouting fresh market potential and by equipping our employees with the skills required for personal growth. We are fortunate to employ a large number of people and touch the lives of Africans every day. Because of this, we strive to make a real difference through:
- Skills development
- Youth employment
- Job creation
- SMME development and entrepreneurship support
- Rural enterprise development
“Local development is ingrained in the company’s DNA and we are committed to Transformation in Africa.”
Tsebo Solutions Group explored viable opportunities to support job creation, sustainable enterprise creation and community involvement with a particular focus on Christel House SA as a Tsebo CSI beneficiary.
Christel House transform lives of impoverished children around the world by breaking the cycle of poverty through a robust education and a strong character development programme.
The Group invested funding towards an agricultural enterprise called “Tsebo Siyakhula Initiative” through the Tsebo Foundation. The objective was to expand the support structure offered to the community by Christel House, beyond student education.
The initiative is designed to support sustainable access to job opportunities for the community members of Ottery in the Western Cape, provide a supplementary income and potentially reduce costs of certain goods and services for Christel House which will positively reduce operating expenditure of the school.
Siyakhula produces and delivers fresh produce to Fedics sites in the Province