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CORPORATE social investment   cont.  
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It is group policy not to discriminate against anyone who may be HIV positive and all employees who have tested positive are counselled.
Employment equity
All trading operations in the Reunert group maintain employment equity plans in terms of the Employment Equity Act of 1998. Most plans were formulated and are managed in conjunction with employee representatives of business units. The Reunert College serves as a primary source of employees from previously disadvantaged communities. Twelve former students were offered employment on either a permanent or temporary basis in 2007.

The group’s approach to employment equity is part of an integrated plan to ensure a constant stream of entrants to the college and the retention of skills through the Reunert mentorship programme. These activities emphasise developing young people from previously disadvantaged communities and all interventions, including the level of funds contributed by group companies, are monitored monthly.
Broad-based black economic empowerment
Following the conclusion of an empowerment transaction with members of Peotona in 2007, a rating agency has confirmed that the effective BBBEE shareholding in Reunert Limited is 23,1%. Reunert was credited with bonus points as 70% of the shares applicable to the BBBEE transaction were allocated to a trust established to further the educational and training needs of previously disadvantaged children.

An empowerment group holds 26% of the shares in Pansolutions.

Kgorong has sold its 30% stake in RDL to Reunert, but Powerhouse still holds a 25,1% share in ATC. Following the merger of ATC and Aberdare’s telecommunication interests, Powerhouse’s stake in the merged entity has reduced to approximately 12,5%. However, Aberdare also has an empowerment partner and, as a result, this could result in the BEE equity percentage of the merged entity being more than 30%. A BBBEE group holds 26% of the shares in Nashua Kopano and its two board members are the executive chairman and managing director.

Twenty-one of Nashua Mobile franchisees are currently 100% owned by previously disadvantaged individuals (see below).

Following the publication of the BBBEE codes in 2007, most companies in the Reunert group have submitted their BEE credentials to a rating agency for assessment. However, rating agents have been swamped by the demand to complete the rating process of many South African entities so the process is taking much longer than anticipated. An overall rating of Reunert will therefore only be possible once all subsidiaries have been evaluated.
Outsourcing, procurement and assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises
From October 2005 to February 2007, Nashua Mobile has invested R809 000 in providing support for its 21 fully BEE-owned franchises. From a financial perspective, support was given for rental, shop-fitting and ad hoc miscellaneous items. As part of its enterprise development initiative, it has also helped previously disadvantaged individuals set up their own stores. Since 2005, R1,5 million has been provided for enterprise development. This includes rental as well as miscellaneous support. Aside from financial support, Nashua Mobile provides skills training, assistance with implementing and installing required systems as well as marketing and promotional support. For start-up businesses, shop owners attend a course before opening their stores, during which critical skills are transferred to enable them to independently manage the stores.

The small and medium-sized enterprises and one micro enterprise established by CBI-electric: African Cables have been running successfully for many years. Bogabane Engineering cc was established in January 2002 and produces turning work for the company as well as for a number of small engineering companies in the Vaal Triangle. The company also conducts maintenance work and engraves embossing wheels. Atlehang Ma Africa specialises in batting the company’s cable drums and continues to grow. Doocks Construction, which has been in business for many years, rewinds galvanised wire used in the company’s production process and Xylo, which is responsible for the recovery of scrap metal generated during the company’s production process, had another successful year. A micro enterprise established in 1999 is also starting to prosper. Initially, a former employee started a car-wash enterprise at the company’s premises. She recently expanded her business into another company in Vereeniging.
Aids and health services
All group companies have introduced an Aids policy based on a guideline issued by Reunert. It is group policy not to discriminate against anyone who may be HIV positive and all employees who have tested positive are counselled. The strategy is aimed at educating employees about the importance of preventing this potentially fatal medical condition.

While the intervention by Reunert companies in respect of the Aids pandemic is ongoing, a number of subsidiaries have reported specific interventions during the review period. More than 50% of employees at the Aberdare/ATC joint venture participated in a voluntary Aids testing programme in 2007. Those identified as HIV positive are supported by their medical aid schemes or through programmes provided by the Department of Health.

Since October 2006, Nashua Mobile has contracted with a consulting company to provide an HIV/Aids assistance programme. A total of 93 education and awareness workshops were conducted across the country. A large number of staff elected to undergo voluntary testing and those who tested positive are on a management programme to help them cope with the disease.

Reunert appointed an independent company to conduct an analysis, based on available statistics, to determine the extent of HIV and Aids-related disease in the Reunert group. Results have shown that approximately 10% of Reunert’s employees may be affected. In the medium term, it is not anticipated that the disease will have an effect on the performance of Reunert companies. Nevertheless, ongoing efforts are being made to reduce and, where possible, prevent the spread of the disease.
Support to community projects
Although the group mainly focuses its social investment on educating children, many Reunert companies contribute meaningfully to a variety of organisations, especially those that provide food and shelter, education and training and assistance to victims of the Aids pandemic. A summary of some of these social interventions is set out alongside.
Reunert subsidiary   Beneficiary   Nature of investment
Nashua Mobile   Transformation Education and Awareness Foundation   Health, welfare and children issues — Illovo, Durban
  Transformation Education and Awareness Foundation   Fundraiser for campaign to stop violence against women
  Jeanne Webber House, Bloemfontein   Medical and other equipment for people with physical disabilities
  Heart of Healing Foundation, Western Cape   Upliftment of the poor in the Western Cape region
  Reagile School   Feeding and support scheme for children
  Norvalis House   Assisting homeless, illiterate and mentally disabled people — skills equipment and donation of mini bus
Aberdare/ATC joint venture   Ennis Thabong Farm School   Facilities, skills transfer and capacity building
  Tumelon Hospice in Madidi Madibeng Centre for Research   Care for Aids patients Research on prevention of disease
Nashua office automation   Banakekeleni Hospice, Ubuhle Bezwe and Tembisa Crisis Centre   Food, cleaning materials,alleviating plight of abused women
  Soweto Hospice   Monetary assistance and crèche
CBI-electric: low voltage   Vita Nova, SA Guide Dogs for the Blind and St Vincent School for the Deaf   Donations to purchase basic necessities
Nashua Electronics   Twilight Centre, Cotlands, St George’s Home Life Campus   Donation of products and consumables
CORPORATE social investment   cont.  
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