Our development operations are dedicated to making an impact on the shared value created from effective land development in KwaZulu-Natal. Blackburn Village (BBV), an informal settlement within Cornubia phase 2B, is an example of that commitment in action. Through partnership with the community, government and other organisations, we are unlocking opportunities for education, skills transfer and economic participation.
Tongaat Hulett’s investment in training and developing employees is instrumental in not only developing technical skills and current and future leadership, but it helps employees reach their own goals and aspirations. A part of his journey in the sugar industry as well as the company, Fred Mncube has, over the years, been part of several structured training programmes in the engineering field.
Tongaat Hulett’s Mozambican operations in Mafambisse and Xinavane are based in rural communities. We look to contribute towards meeting the basic needs of these communities through our SED initiatives, particularly in the areas of healthcare and education. In 2018, the construction of the Nkolele Health Centre in Xinavane and the upgrading of health infrastructure at the Mafambisse Hospital were in accordance with SDG 3, which states that ensuring healthy lives and promoting the wellbeing for all, at all ages, is essential to sustainable development.
Tongaat Hulett’s Zimbabwean operations continue to live up to the theme of “Sustainable value creation” by increasing and strengthening the participation of local communities in our value chain activities. In March 2018, in conjunction with the Lowveld Business Forum, we identified and capacitated a consortium of eight local women to establish Vavasati (Pvt) Ltd. The company produces personal protective equipment (PPE), namely protective work suits, which it supplies to both Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe and other organisations within Chiredzi Town and the south- eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe, where our operations are based.
Education is a fundamental human right and is crucial for the achievement of sustainable development. To address educational challenges in our surrounding communities, our Starch operations have partnered with Sicelo Primary School and Brainwave to empower teachers.
Managing succession and retention gaps for critical positions remains a key HR focus area. In Zimbabwe we have a range of interventions that assist in this management process, informed by skills gap analyses.