The JSE helps communities in Manyeleti regions to grow sustainably
This year marks 10 years since the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) partnered with the Buffelshoek Trust and Conservation South Africa in order to improve the quality of education in disadvantaged communities.
In their commitment to make a difference in the lives of South Africans, the JSE has invested time, effort and funds in various initiatives with the main focus on sustainable initiatives that impact communities in South Africa. They have helped with annual donations towards building schools and Climate Resilience Programmes. The Climate Resilience programmes, funded by the JSE, focus on building commercial grade vegetable gardens and creating jobs for unemployed community members.
The aids have enabled the growth and development of the Schools Programme, with the last five years of investment being focused on the establishment of 10 computer centres in two high schools and six primary schools in the Manyeleti Circuit of the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.
These computer centres have supported the growth and development of technology as a pathway for learning, both in schools and in the communities they serve. Working in partnership with Acorns to Oaks Comprehensive High School, the computer centres have provided access to technology driven education for more than 3 000 pupils and 300 adults. These centres are also linked to enterprise development initiatives through assisting entrepreneurs to learn how to use technology to support their businesses.
Ralph Speirs, CSI Officer from the JSE says “As the JSE, we are committed in making a difference in the lives of South Africans by investing not only funds but also time in different initiatives. Our ongoing commitment to social development extends beyond mere giving. We are investing in our country’s future by focusing on sustainable initiatives that can positively impact communities in South Africa.”
Spokesperson from Buffelshoek Trust, Julia Levin says “We are very grateful for the help we have received from the JSE the past 10 years and hope to work with them for decades to come. These projects were started under the Buffelshoek Trust but have been absorbed into a national program under Conservation South Africa – helping us take lessons learnt in Bushbuckridge to rural communities in the Namakwa and Alfred Nzo Districts. The JSE investments form part of broader education and enterprise development initiatives that aim to empower communities to establish environmentally friendly businesses and provide an income for households.”
“With mentorship and support from the Thornybush Collection Community Project, the garden at Manyangana High School started out supporting the school but has grown into a fully-fledged business registered as “1000 herbs and vegetables,” Levin added.
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