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Employment equity

All training operations in the Reunert group maintain an employment equity plan in terms of the Employment Equity Act of 1998. These plans were formulated and are managed in conjunction with employer representatives of business units. The Reunert College serves as a primary source of employees from previously disadvantaged communities. A total of 22 former students were offered employment on either a permanent or a temporary basis in 2008.

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 and coaching programme. These activities emphasise the development of 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 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) shareholding in Reunert 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. A total of 31 Nashua Mobile franchisees are currently 100% owned by previously disadvantaged individuals.

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 agencies remain 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 >

During the period October 2007 to September 2008, Nashua Mobile has established another 10 fully BEE-owned franchises at a cost of R2,5 million to the company. This has increased the total number of BEE franchises to 31. From a financial perspective, support was given for rental, shopfitting and ad hoc miscellaneous items.

Nashua Mobile also established the Permaculture food garden at the Reagile Primary School in Winnie Mandela Park in April 2008. The Permaculture food garden is managed by nine mothers whose children attend the Reagile Primary School. Besides preparing meals for more than 400 children every day as part of a feeding scheme, the mothers of the schoolchildren have started to generate additional income from surplus garden produce, which they sell to the local community. In this manner, fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables are made available to the community.

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 starting to prosper. Initially, a former employee started a car-wash enterprise at the company’s premises. She recently expanded into another company in Vereeniging.

Aids >

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.

A number of subsidiaries have reported specific interventions during the review period. More than 70% of employees at Telecom Cables participated in a voluntary Aids-testing programme in 2008. In the 2007 financial year, 50% of employees participated. Those identified as HIV positive are supported by their medical aid schemes or through programmes provided by the Department of Health.

CBI-electric: african cables makes use of three videos during the induction of new employees. On a regular basis, health information is disseminated to ensure that existing staff are familiar with all relevant issues pertaining to the pandemic. Contraceptives are also made available, free of charge.

Since October 2006, Nashua Mobile has contracted with a consulting company to provide an HIV/Aids assistance programme. In total, 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.

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 below.

  Reunert  subsidiary    Beneficiary    Nature of investment
  Nashua Mobile   Reagile Primary School in Midrand   Fully equipped classrooms built at the school, a feeding scheme for 400 people in operation for four years. A total of 320 000 meals has been served in this period. A fully equipped kitchen was donated to the school, including cooking utensils and cleaning equipment
  Safehaven Clinic at Winnie Mandela Park   Safehaven Clinic with running water and electricity, providing medical treatment and therapy to child victims of parental abuse
  Novalis House   Assisting homeless, illiterate and mentally disabled people – skills and equipment provided
  Telecom Cables   Ennis Thabong Farm School   Facilities, skills transfer and capacity building
  Meerhof School   Provides financial support to a school for disabled children. Individual employees in CBI-electric also contributed
  Madibeng Centre for Research   Research on prevention of disease
Tumelon Hospice in Madidi   Care of Aids patients
    Brits Local Council   CBI-electric staff serve on electricity, water infrastructure, transport, economic development, Aids and disaster management committees to assist the council
  Paul Mthimunye Bursary Fund   Contribute to a fund for deserving black students in Mpumalanga
  Nashua Office
  Banakekeleni Hospice, Ubuhle Bezwe and Tembisa Crisis Centre   Food, cleaning materials
  Ubuhle Bezwe and Tembisa Crisis Centre   Alleviating plight of abused women
    Epworth   Home for destitute children
    Fountain of Love   Home for abandoned HIV positive children
  Abangani e Mkosini   Home for abandoned children
  Chris Hani Baragwanath cerebral palsy unit   Groceries and other supplies
  CBI-electric: african
  At least 22 projects for the previously disadvantaged   Annual spent R550 000
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