Community Involvement 2015
Ukukhanyakufikile Primary School
An environment conducive to learning is bound to have a positive impact on pupils and teachers. This was the aim of Huletts’ parent company, Tongaat Hulett in 2014, when the company allocated approximately R1 057 000 toward infrastructural upgrades at Ukukhanyakufikile Primary School in Empangeni. - See more here
The funds went towards the construction of three classrooms and a kitchen, which cater to the school’s 316 pupils and 12 teachers. - See more here
At the official handover event in September 2015, excited pupils, parents and school staff gathered to inaugurate the new amenities. The event was also attended by representatives from Huletts’ parent company, Tongaat Hulett, the Department of Education; Mzimela traditional council and local sugarcane growers. - See more here
Clean water for Eastern Cape School
A significant investment of R126 000 towards the installation of a much-needed roundabout play pump will ensure that clean drinking water will be accessible to pupils and staff at Mgwede Junior Secondary School in Eastern Cape.
The recent handover ceremony was attended by Tongaat Hulett (producers of Huletts sugar), the Department of Education, Mbizana Municipality, KwaMadiba Traditional Council as well as excited parents and community members.
Mgwede Junior Secondary School was established in 1980 with the assistance of Tongaat Hulett and community members. The school’s 13 classrooms accommodate 405 pupils and 14 teachers.
Similar to the system of a windmill pump, the newly installed roundabout play pump works by using the energy of children at play to operate a water pump. Clean water and added fun at playtime is a win-win situation for these deserving pupils.
Rally To Read
Huletts and our parent company, Tongaat Hulett, partnered with the Department of Education’s
READ Educational Trust, Bidvest and rural communities in KZN, improving literacy for 5000 learners through the Rally To Read initiative.
The programme targeted 12 schools over a weekend, and teams were out at 5am to select reading materials. They were then briefed by team leaders, before heading to their allocated schools where they received a very warm welcome from teachers, learners and parents alike.
Tongaat Hulett also arranged career days at schools in the areas in which we operate, to assist learners in making good subject choices by educating them on potential careers and the requirements of each. These career days are intended to motivate and provide guidance to learners and enable them to build opportunities for themselves and their communities.
Study Assistance Programme Gains Traction
Increasing skills in the communities in which we operate is a primary objective at Tongaat
Hulett, and we provide a number of bursaries and work experience opportunities that enable rural students to become more employable.
The business has engaged with the Department of Education, the Ingonyama Trust, as well as Traditional Leaders, and partnered with Owen Sitole College of Agriculture to create this programme.
In 2014, eight students were awarded bursaries for three years of agricultural training, which will include six months of practical, experiential learning on various Tongaat Hulett sugar cane estates during their final year. We look forward to seeing their progress and achievements during 2015 and beyond.
Laying the Foundation for Successful Farming
Tongaat Hulett in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Mtubatuba Livestock Association recently hosted a Livestock Information Day in Mpukunyoni, north of KwaZulu-Natal, which was attended by over 435 local cattle farmers.
The event formed part of an Animal Programme which focuses on developing and empowering livestock farmers in the traditional leadership areas and had three main focus areas namely, awareness creation, education and training and rural development.
A wide range of themes including breeding and selection, animal feed, veld and pasture, animal branding, vet services and marketing formed much of the day’s activities.
This awareness day followed a week long training programme in October for the livestock farmers, which was hosted by Tongaat Hulett, in collaboration with the KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Owen Sitole College of Agriculture.
Partnering with Colleges of Further Education
A partnership between Tongaat Hulett and Umfolozi Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) resulted in a 12-month work-experience opportunity for four engineering students who were placed at Tongaat Hulett’s Felixton Mill since commencing with the programme in January.
Ms Nkonzo Mhlongo, Tongaat Hulett’s Socio-economic Development Manager, said the work experience programme is divided into two phases.
“The first phase begins with a four-month induction programme which exposes students to the different repair, refurbishment and overhaul methods used to restore the integrity of the
equipment and machinery,” she said. “The second phase is divided into three sections to enable
the students to experience how the various pieces of equipment with which they had been exposed to during the off crop season operate.”
Mr Sam Zungu, Principal of the Umfolozi TVET College said the staff were excited about the partnership and opportunities. A further group of 10 students will be recommended for a similar programme later in the year.
Partnership Enables Growth of Agricultural Co-Operatives
Sizamelamabhoko Co-operative is one of 31 agricultural co-operatives involved in Operation Vuselela, a sugar cane development initiative undertaken jointly by Tongaat Hulett and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (KZN EDTEA).
The project was established in 2010 and is located in Mabhokweni, northern KwaZulu-Natal. The dedication and determination of the small-scale growers has made it possible for members to invest profits into the purchases of a tractor, herbicide mixing tank and steel container.
Florence Ndlovu, chairperson of Sizamelamabhoko Co-operative said the purchase of a tractor
will help save costs. “We no longer have to appoint contractors to conduct field maintenance
and operations on our behalf as we are now in a position to conduct most of the work ourselves.
The five-year-old co-operative boasts a membership of 61 small-scale sugarcane growers who have, since the establishment of the co-operative, planted 129 hectares of sugarcane.