OUR CSI INITIATIVES
The ELIDZ is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and we take seriously our growing stature and responsibilities within the Buffalo City and wider Eastern Cape communities. This commitment to our feeder communities extend beyond our core mandate of facilitating growth and job creation however. The IDZ welcomes our burgeoning involvement in fostering opportunity and development and is committed to ensure that we have a demonstrably positive impact on the community in we operate. This is the premise of our Corporate Social Investment initiatives. Corporate Social Investment is the support by the ELIDZ, either financially or otherwise, in identified developmental areas, to organisations and projects that seek to address the social needs of communities and society-at-large in a positive and sustainable way.
The ELIDZ CSI programme seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the promotion of community/society transformation and development firstly in its immediate community and, secondly, in the greater Eastern Cape. Within the ELIDZ context CSI is achieved through the facilitating and creating platforms for social upliftment; the formulation of broad-based partnerships for development and Innovative and sustainable solutions for local, provincial and national developmental priorities.
In the period under review the ELIDZ contributed a total of R572 000 to CSI initiatives in education support, social and community development and sports development. These included the sponsorship of mobile libraries to schools in the Queenstown area, the donation of office space to serve as a Crime Reporting Centre, a partnership with the local community and the South African Police Services, the donation of office space for a Victim Empowerment Centre and the support of sport development in various Eastern Cape local communities.
The ELIDZ CSI projects touched the lives of the young and old and no one will ever forget the day when ELIDZ employees donated their time to refurbish the Ethembeni Old Age Home in Mdantsane or the smiles from the children at the Fundukwazi Centre for the mentally Challenged when the team descended on their school to perform very necessary renovations. The ELIDZ also continues to invest in the future the province’s young and bright minds with the launch of a bursary programme aimed at giving financial assistance to matric learners and those who completed their matric and are between the ages of 18-25 and wished to pursue a career in Maths, Science and Technology related fields were invited to apply.