Tongaat Hulett is committed to growing its employee culture of continuous learning and development. An example of this commitment is the Supervisory Development Programme which was run by its starch operation.
Tongaat Hulett is committed to maintaining and growing its current pool of highly skilled engaged leaders to address the company’s existing and future leadership needs. This commitment to growing leadership talent is clearly demonstrated in the support that the business continues to provide to Adelaide Chikunguru, who is based at the company’s Zimbabwean operations.
Maintaining and consistently improving stakeholder relationships remains an integral part of Tongaat Hulett’s business model through its SED activities. According to SDG 3, ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all, at all ages, is essential to sustainable development. Tongaat Hulett understands the importance of this approach and is actively involved in healthcare related SED activities in the communities that surround its sugarcane growing operations. An example of this commitment is demonstrated through the company’s Zimbabwean operations who have partnered with the local authorities and community in Gudo, 97 km from Chiredzi, to construct the Gudo Clinic, that will benefit an estimated 10 000 families.
Tongaat Hulett’s Mozambique operations at Xinavane and Mafambisse are located fairly close to the cities of Beira and Maputo respectively. Given the large rural communities that surround these operations there remains multiple opportunities to significantly contribute to the ongoing development of both the people and the areas. The initiatives that Tongaat Hulett continues to undertake in these operations are in accordance with the SDG 6 which states that, “Access to safe water and sanitation and sound management of freshwater ecosystems are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.”
Tongaat Hulett believes in partnering with stakeholders to address the socio-economic challenges in the areas in which the company operates. The recently completed Jobs Fund partnership assisted in addressing these challenges and meeting several of the SDGs in northern KwaZulu-Natal, which has high rural unemployment and poverty rates.
Tongaat Hulett’s commitment to creating value for all stakeholders through an all-inclusive approach to growth and development is being demonstrated through an innovative project that applies numerous SDGs. The pilot project demonstrates climate smart urban farming’s potential to address the multiple challenges facing urban development in eThekwini Municipality, including pollution, unemployment and poverty.
Tongaat Hulett has set itself the objective of contributing towards the creation of successful, sustainable small-scale sugarcane farmers. With sugarcane farming not being a traditional farming activity in Mozambique, local farmers generally lack the required knowledge and expertise. Due to the reality that most local famers were previously subsistence farmers, they also require additional training in farming as a business. These skill shortages can influence productivity, viability and the sustainability of the small-scale grower associations that have been created. To address these requirements Tongaat Hulett has developed a farmer training and skills development programme to meet the training and development needs of these emerging farmers.
Tongaat Hulett recognises the impact HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have on its business, its employees and the surrounding community. The company’s wellness and disease management programme at its Hippo Valley operation in Zimbabwe was recently recognised by being named overall winner of the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards in the Workforce and Workplace Engagement category. This multifaceted programme addresses a range of elements of SDG 3, “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages”, including addressing maternal mortality, childhood mortality, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and premature mortality caused by NCDs. In addition, it also addresses sexual and reproductive health and the achievement of universal health coverage which includes access to quality healthcare services and safe, effective essential medicines and vaccines.
The uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (UWASP) convenes key government, private sector and civil society stakeholders to actively collaborate on water security solutions for the uMhlathuze catchment in KwaZulu-Natal. Two people are employed full time (by the NBI and WWF-SA respectively), with further support and funding provided by GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme and additional funding provided by Mondi and Tongaat Hulett. To date, UWASP has undertaken extensive stakeholder engagement with private and public partners to ensure that all can actively participate in the overall partnership and in specific projects of interest. A detailed partnership work plan and governance structure has been approved and implementation of five priority projects commenced in December 2017. The five priority projects address downstream water use efficiency opportunities; agricultural water stewardship practices; ecological infrastructure requirements (alien invasive plant clearing and wetlands); the development of local community environmental champions for pollution control; and enhanced management of the region’s coastal lakes and surface water dam.