Sustainability report

 
 

TRANSFORMATION

Employment equity

All training operations in Reunert maintain an employment equity plan in terms of the Employment Equity Act of 1998. Those 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. More than 60 former students are currently employed on either a permanent or temporary basis in the group.

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.

The demographics of the Reunert group have changed significantly since employment equity programmes were first introduced in 1992/3. We are confident that the programmes of the Reunert College, including our mentorship and coaching programme, will stand us in good stead.

 

Employee profile as at September 2009

Total number of employees in South Africa

  Male   Female   Total  
Occupational levels   African   Coloured   Indian   White    African   Coloured   Indian   White   2009  
Top management   5   —   3   47   4   —   —   2   61  
Senior management   9   4   6   106   5   1   3   24   158  
Professionally qualified, experienced specialists and middle management   18   17   25   335   11   3   7   77   493  
Skilled technical and academically qualified workers, junior management, supervisors, foremen and superintendents   409   118   102   666   167   80   69   425   2 036  
Semi-skilled and discretionary decision-making   682   73   59   134   227   65   50   160   1 450  
Unskilled and defined decision-making   331   13   3   6   829   22   2   4   1 210  
Total permanent   1 454   225   198   1 294   1 243   171   131   692   5 408  
Contract workers   91   63   12   95   112   200   12   59   644  
Temporary workers   61   5   1   17   19   11   —   9   123  
Trainees   19   1   —   1   8   1   —   —   30  
Total non-permanent   171   69   13   113   139   212   12   68   797  
Total   1 625   294   211   1 407   1 382   383   143   760   6 205  
Total number of employees in foreign countries     
Occupational levels     
Top management   1  
Senior management   3  
Professionally qualified, experienced specialists and middle management   20  
Skilled technical and academically qualified workers, junior management, supervisors,
foremen and superintendents  
52  
Semi-skilled and discretionary decision-making   2  
Unskilled and defined decision-making   26  
Total permanent   104  
Contract workers   10  
Temporary workers   2  
Total non-permanent   12  
Total   116  
Total number of employees in the group (South Africa and those employed in foreign countries)   6 321  


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.

A total of 42 Nashua Mobile franchises are currently partially or fully owned by previously disadvantaged individuals. During the year, Nashua Mobile provided assistance of approximately R7 million.

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 and the process is taking much longer than anticipated. An overall rating of Reunert Limited will, therefore, only be possible once all subsidiaries have been evaluated.