Corporate Social Investment
The ELB Group acknowledges its responsibility to the communities in which it operates, both investing in the education of our youth and providing financial support. We also support small business development of the historically disadvantaged, as a key driver in economic development and poverty reduction.
Corporate Social Investment (CSI) is therefore an ELB Group business priority, with initiatives selected on the basis of social need and the extent to which they can add value to our clients and our host communities.
Education is a passion for The ELB Group in particular education for underprivileged and previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
- ELB Educational Trust – Provides scholarships to the historically disadvantaged South Africans in engineering disciplines. The Trust has successfully assisted 23 engineering students to obtain their engineering qualifications to date.
- St Vincent School for the Deaf – The ELB Group has been a loyal supporter of St Vincent School for the Deaf for several years, and together, we hope to bridge the gap between the world of the hearing and non-hearing. ELB provides generous financial support and with our annual fundraising event, The ELB Extreme Road Challenge, we aim to capture the attention of the public in order to raise awareness for the deaf community and to assist the school raise the much needed funds required to meet the special needs of their learners.
- African Academy – The African Academy for the Built Environment (AA) was established in 1994 to address the need for scarce skills in the Built Environment, focusing on the technical sector, specifically in Engineering. ELB provided sponsorship of computers, software and premises.
- Ligbron E-Learning Project – ELB provides financial support to Ligbron E-Learning Project which remotely connects students from rural & under performing schools, training centres and boardrooms by using laptops, desktops, tablets (Only Windows OS), interactive whiteboards, desktop sharing and audio/video streaming.
Skills and Community Upliftment
The ELB Group utilises knowledge and resources from the business to ensure that the needs of individuals within the community are addressed.
- Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGISA) – This ELB initiative involves employing previously disadvantaged B-Tech engineering students, who are registered as Candidate Technologists, and then compiling training programmes and appointing mentors for these candidates.
- Lephalale Draughting Academy– The ELB Group has facilitated the establishment of a draughting academy in Lephalale in light of the Eskom Medupi Coal Power Plant project. This academy has been set-up and its first intake of trainees occurred in January 2012.
- WaterAid Australia – ELB Equipment Pacific has been providing financial aid to WaterAid Australia – an NPO that has been working with some of the world’s poorest people for over 13 years and has been helping them to improve their lives with access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
- Project Specific Community Support – The ELB Group identifies worthy Social Economic Development (SED) projects in the areas in which we work, within and beyond the borders of South Africa, with beneficiaries coming from local communities. The ELB Group harnesses the skills of the local community by providing employment on projects carried out in the area. In addition, further training and development programmes are extended to the local communities to ensure sustainable employment opportunities once a project is concluded.