ExxaroLEADERS IN JOB CREATION & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT
Equipping the community to sustain itself
Exxaro’s Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) program reinforces the company’s socio-economic development (“SED”) strategy and positions Exxaro as a company underpinned by a vision of “powering better lives in Africa and beyond”. Consistently, the ESD program focusses on investing in black youth businesses in host communities, as a means of offering sustainable businesses that will eventually create job opportunities in local communities. Exxaro will also actively participate in the national Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative led by South African businesses.
The value offering of the ESD program will include financial and non- financial support. The financial support consists of grants, loans and equity and non-financial support includes training, small business management programmes through an accredited training service provider in the incubation centers established. Exxaro’s business units will play an active role in the program by supporting the identification, integration and monitoring the development of beneficiaries.
Thabitha Chauke has been growing vegetables on her parents’ land, near Hlagakwena Village. Exxaro saw the potential for her to expand her business into a self-sufficient and profitable enterprise.
In phase I, Exxaro helped her improve her infrastructure, which included providing storerooms, drip-irrigation, and water storage facilities. During the construction phase, 16 local people were employed. Thabitha and her six permanent employees also received technical training on agricultural methods and produce marketing. “Exxaro’s assistance has really helped us to get ahead with our cultivation of tomatoes and peppers, and improve our yields,” Thabitha said.
In Phase II, Exxaro continues to support her, by further improving her infrastructure (nursery tunnel and packaging shed), providing resources (tractor and trailer) and operational support (fertilizer and pesticides). This improvement will increase the number of seasonal labourers from 42 to 150 that will be employed during planting and harvesting season.
Besides many walk-in customers, Amokelani now supplies fresh produce to the town of Lephalale, as well as to the Pretoria municipal market.