Social and Community Initiatives

Social Initiatives

After the successful completion of our past projects, the Board again gave approval for a budget of R300 000 for the current year.

Various projects were examined by the Social and Ethics Committee, with an emphasis again on projects involving children and education as well as supporting initiatives where possible in the areas we operate in.
During the year the Social and Ethics Committee (SE) met on two occasions.

Approval was given for the following funding:

Play Pumps Roundabout Water Solutions' 

strategy is to provide clean drinking water to rural primary schools to communities where a reliable water source is not available. South Africa is a water scarce country with a very high need for drinkable water in the rural areas. Play pumps, at present, has over 900 installations, country wide.

Roundabout Water Solutions identify either unused or broken boreholes in rural areas, as well as potential borehole sites. These potential sites are ten tested to ensure the water is drinkable. Once the water is determined safe for human consumption a play wheel or old “roundabout” is fitted to the top of the borehole station.

Putprop sponsored the repair and installation of a play wheel for the Louwna Primary School. This school is situated in the North West province. No taps or water deliveries are available at the school. Water at present is collected by the schoolgirls from a nearby river.

Following on from last years' contribution of R135 000 we continued to support this initiative in the current year in respect of maintenance of the pump installed.

Contribution 
R14 000.00
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Baby Moses Children's Sanctuary

Baby Moses cares for abused, abandoned and orphaned children of all ages in Gauteng and North West Province. Their aim is for children in their care to grow up in family structures and to bring some normalcy into their lives. At present their are 175 children in their care, predominately from rural areas. 

Children remain with Baby Moses until such time that their biological parents are rehabilitated (if possible) or they are placed with suitable adoptive/foster families. 

A secondary function of the centre is to provide support and care to children in poor families or child headed households, rather than having them removed or placed in foster carer.

Contribution 
R100 000.00
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Get Set Trust

The object of the Get Set Trust is to identify talented youth, with potential, in order to cultivate and harness that potential into excellence and brilliance. The trust toryels Grade 10, 11 and 12 performing candidates who aspire to go to a higher learning institution to obtain a qualification which equips them to pursue a profession, and create a conduit of potential future leaders.

Contribution 
R100 000.00
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Sea Rescue Institute

Sea Rescue is a charity that saves lives in South African coastal waters. Their volunteers crews put their own lives at risk in order to save the life of a stranger. Boats are launched into the sea even during the worst conditions. 

In addition they run child drowning prevention programmes in schools primarily in under privileged communities. The aim is to make children aware of the dangers around water and provide hands on practical experience of how to act in an emergency.

Contribution 
R10 000.00
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Environmental

The Board accepts overall responsibility for the implementation of policies and the advancement of sustainable development within the Group.

Managing and, where possible, reducing the environmental footprint of our properties, as well as monitoring our carbon footprint, are recognised as paramount. In addition, the health and safety of our workforce, as well as considering the safety of our tenants’ workforce, are important strategic objectives of Putprop. The implementation and management of this objective will, by necessity, have to occur with the active support and input of our tenant base.

Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Group believes that it must assume responsibility to ensure that all its properties comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements.

It was noted in the previous annual report that the services of a specialised health and safety consultant would be considered in order to review our properties and ensure they meet the standard of compliance required by the various legislation. The Board considered this proposal during this review period and appointed a consultant to review all our properties. Where necessary, procedures have been implemented where shortfalls have been identified.

Covid-19 Add on’s

The additional protocols as dictated by government and best practice has now been added to this review process and implemented with immediate effect.

Energy Efficient Initiatives

ENERGY EFFICIENT INITIATIVES

To make informed energy efficient decisions linked to effective implementation, we need to evaluate the most practical and cost-effective means to manage our utilities.

The following initiatives have been implemented where applicable:

  • An energy efficient programme that will focus on and monitor energy spend and its efficiency. We have initiated programmes to introduce more efficient light fittings and globes in all future refurbishments undertaken. Consideration is given to the fitting of energy efficient lighting, as well as the implementation of metal halide lamps in lieu of fluorescent lighting. This in many instances results in greater levels of illumination with greater energy efficiency. With the current cost structure of electricity supply in South Africa, this program can have financial benefit for our portfolio as well as our tenants.
  • A water conservation and management program. The program will monitor the consumption of water to highlight variations in consumption, enabling early detection of water wastage and system defects. All new refurbishing’s carried out are using low flushing mechanisms. New initiatives will be investigated, together with our tenants and local suppliers, to reduce consumption where practical.
  • Climate change. In pursuing our financial activities and objectives, we believe we have a responsibility to make a contribution to reducing our carbon footprint and thus slow down climate change.
  • A utility audit in respect of water and energy consumption is essential. This necessitates, by implication, that this is an on-going process. As a result, we intend to audit all our properties in the course of the next 12 - 24 months with a view to determine which properties, if any, are  in need of remedial action and then to determine the appropriate response.