SOCIO – ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT (SED)

SOCIO – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (SED)

At CFAO Equipment SA, our socio-economic development strategy is to empower communities in our environment by providing the relevant support, resources and skills that enable individuals to improve and lead better lives. We believe that socio-economic development is a major cornerstone for good corporate citizenship, and forms an integral part of our BBBEE transformation, corporate accountability and governance programmes.

We have partnered with various technical schools over the past 13 years and currently have 31 learners in our education programme. The selected schools in each province are aimed at developing individuals in rural and urban areas.

The purpose of this initiative is to allow learners with limited resources to attend school., The initiative is not restricted to the development of high school and tertiary learners, but also teaches learners at an even earlier age (primary school level) on the positive aspects of gaining a technical qualification.

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The purpose of the PHAKAMISA SED project is to potentially introduce learners into our company as apprentices. After the required period, we encourage them to become qualified artisans in the skilled technical occupational category. Not only does this result in them attaining much-needed employment, but upskills them in high-demand skills, allowing them to make a positive impact on the economy and the country as a whole.

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In 2018, Sasol, in partnership with the CFAO Equipment SA’s Toyota Industrial Equipment division, piloted their forklift training programme as part of their Youth Skills Development initiatives. The project was established to create a pool of employable youth in the community, of which 20 local female youth were trained as forklift drivers. The training, which covered theory and practical training at Sasol Secunda operations, was for the duration of two months (from 14 May to 13 July 2018).

During Sasol’s maintenance shutdown period, ten of the 20 learners were placed at the Sasol Secunda site in the following departments; Explosives, Secunda Chemicals Operations Logistics Base Chemicals and at Polypropylene warehouse.

The MOU partnership signed between Sasol and Toyota Industrial Equipment is focused on training and developing unemployed young people, and providing them with forklift driver skills that will enable them to become economic contributors to their communities.