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 Education

Almost 60% of our contributions go to education-related projects. It is our belief that an educated society is better able to overcome other challenges, social and economic.

The foremost characteristic of a winning nation has to be high-quality education and South Africa is striving towards achieving that, with education accounting for 21.3% of total government expenditure and 6.5% of gross domestic product. This is high in comparison with both industrialised and developing countries. Nevertheless, with serious backlogs in education, this is still deemed inadequate and the intervention of the private sector is essential.

  Job creation and rural development

The main focus is on community-driven initiatives which are based on business principles and aimed at the jobless or the informal sector, especially in the townships and rural areas. The support of projects for women in rural areas with little or no infrastructure is a priority to us because of the skewed inclination of the South African economy to urban areas.

 Social welfare

The support of welfare organisations such as Ekupholeni Mental Health Centre in Katlehong, Women Against Child Abuse, are paramount as a fulfilment of our social responsibility.

 South African Schools

In 2000 our focus was on the development of schools and on schools administration and management. It is our belief that the improvement of the standard of living in South Africa depends largely on the well-being of the economy. The economy in turn needs skilled and educated people to drive it. We can only achieve this through education. The education system in South Africa has been plagued by inequalities and a deliberate and systematic separation of educational content and facilities. We now have a widening gap between the 'educated haves' and the 'uneducated have-nots'. As a result, our CCR Contributions Committee focuses not just on schools, but schools in the disadvantaged communities, particularly in rural areas.

 
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