Corporate social investment
Supporting our people, the environment and all our communities
Logicalis US donated over US$92 000 to 76 community causes. Employees are encouraged to donate their time to their local communities and are allowed eight hours of paid time off annually to do so.
Logicalis supports poor communities, cultural projects, disaster relief, children’s and other charities.
Logicalis donated to the Royal British Legion, Save the Children and Reading Family Aid in the UK.
Logicalis and Westcon International support initiatives in Germany and Spain, from people in need to those with mental disabilities, to development aid and animal welfare facilities.
Logicalis supports blood donations, disaster relief, disadvantaged children and a home for the elderly, among others.
AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST
Logicalis South Africa supports disadvantaged learners, sick children and various local charities and institutions. Westcon International sponsored the rebuilding of the Diepsloot Combined School Computer Laboratory and various other initiatives.
FY19 by numbers
number of learners who benefited from school-level intervention in maths and science
number of learners who received career guidance
number of teachers who benefited from extra training in maths and science
number of people who were given access to computer technology
The Datatec Educational and Technology Foundation (“the Foundation”) funds educational organisations whose purpose is to improve education within underprivileged communities in South Africa.
CSI spend by geography
Overview of the Foundation As a competitive global market leader in ICT, Datatec regards it as a moral imperative to in some way address the grassroots needs of its founding country’s people and give back where it is needed most – education in South Africa.
The Foundation funds educational organisations whose purpose is to improve education within underprivileged communities in South Africa. Datatec’s corporate social investment (“CSI”) spend is directed into educational initiatives consisting of school-level intervention programmes for learners and teachers, and educational bursaries. Other initiatives include the provision of technology infrastructure and skills development for unemployed youth.
This year the Foundation supported:
Teacher and learner development at a secondary-school level
Teacher and learner development is a critical area of investment for the Foundation, especially in the realms of maths and science, in which public-school teachers are heavily under-resourced. It has been proven that with public-private partnerships, the issue of poor school-leaver passes can be effectively addressed. The Foundation supports non-governmental organisations (“NGOs”) working to improve learner participation and test results to enable learners to pursue tertiary education in fields that require maths and science as lead subjects.
The Foundation’s total contribution in this area for FY19 was in excess of R4.5 million (just over 65% of its total budget).
Kutlwanong Promaths, assists learners from previously disadvantaged schools to get good passes (minimum C symbol) in maths and science. Kutlwanong is a key beneficiary of the Foundation which contributed to their Promaths outreach project in the East London Mdantsane area. Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners received extra tuition in maths and science. The results for this year were heartening: the overall pass rate was 100% for the group of 90 grade 12 learners, of whom 71 achieved bachelor passes, 16 passed with a diploma and three gained a higher certificate; 50 distinctions were achieved in maths and science, with four learners scoring between 90% and 99% in maths, eight achieving between 90% and 99% in science and one learner scoring 100%!
The Tomorrow Trust, which provides integrated academic and psychosocial support to orphaned and vulnerable children. The Foundation contributed towards two programmes in which 30 grade 9 and 30 grade 12 learners received extra tuition in maths, science, English and life science, as well as career-guidance support, leadership workshops and psychosocial support.
The group of grade 9 learners improved from a baseline test average of 50% to 63% in term 4, and 73% achieved maths averages above 50%. The grade 12 learners improved from a baseline test average of 50% to 58% in English, maths, physical science and life science; 77% achieved bachelor passes and 24% diploma passes. Overall, the grade 12 learners achieved 97% national certificate passes compared to the national average of 78%.
The Olico Foundation, which develops tailored education initiatives for township communities. The Foundation contributed towards their programme that offers academic support in maths for learners in grades R to 12. Olico ran 25 maths clubs in Diepsloot for learners in grade 1 to grade 6. More than 600 primary-school learners in Diepsloot attended Olico’s maths clubs and the Foundation is on track to achieve its goal of 100 maths clubs in Diepsloot by 2020. Olico’s grade 7 to grade 12 maths-intervention learners showed a 24% advantage over their non-Olico peers.
Their annual times-table challenge grew to 50 school groups and 1 400 learners and their free online maths tool continues to grow, with over 3 500 registered users.
Numeric, which provides after-school maths tutoring in previously disadvantaged schools in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. This year the Foundation contributed towards three groups at Ikaneng Primary School in Diepkloof, Soweto. Numeric had a 93% attendance rate for its after-school programme, and Numeric learners improved by 18.9% compared to the 8.3% of non-Numeric peers.
The Vula Programme, educational outreach at Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal, which services 90 under-resourced schools from previously disadvantaged communities. In FY19, the Foundation funded projects which included the Vula Annual Careers Day, the Vula Mathematics Academy, and an administrative assistant.
The Academy trained 28 teachers for a full term in 2018, and the Careers Day hosted 500 learners and 20 teachers from 13 schools in the district.
Growing computer technology access in poorer communities
Datatec’s core business purpose is reflected in how the Company invests the Foundation’s annual budget. A portion of its total budget is allocated to NGOs committed to providing ICT infrastructure in poorer communities in order to improve education, skills development and job creation.
The Foundation’s total contribution in this area for FY19 was R0.7 million, just over 10.5% of its annual budget.
Afrika Tikkun, which provides sustainable care and development for vulnerable and orphaned children from birth to 25 years old. The Foundation provided funding for upgrades and maintenance of their IT infrastructure. In total, 2 275 children and young people received computer skills through their centres, 4 817 people gained access to computers and 439 staff and employees received computers and laptops paid for by Datatec, as well as an upgrade of their servers and infrastructure.
The Durban High School Foundation Trust, to which the Foundation contributed funding for the upgrade of the school’s media and IT centre.
The Midlands Community College, which provides bridging education to previously disadvantaged learners to qualify for tertiary education, especially in maths and science. The Foundation contributed towards the purchase of 12 PCs, a laptop and an upgraded firewall.
The Etafeni Centre, which provides computer-literacy courses to unemployed youth in Nyanga township in Cape Town. The Foundation provided funding for new IT equipment.
ICT skills development aimed primarily at the youth
ICT skills development is another critical need, particularly among the youth, who feel the brunt of unemployment in South Africa. The Foundation continues to invest in NGOs that provide ICT skills training aimed particularly at the youth.
The Foundation’s total contribution in the area for FY19 was R0.7 million (just under 10% of its total annual budget).
Code4Change, which teaches coding techniques and skills in secondary schools. The Foundation contributed towards the Code Jika programme in seven schools in Gauteng. The NGO held school roadshows to recruit new learners into their programme, with workshops and coding clubs held in seven high schools.
The Siyakhula Computer School, which provides low-cost computer-literary training to underprivileged communities across five centres. The Foundation subsidised the school’s programme director’s salary. The school this year trained 1 708 students, while its five branches generated a total of R0.7 million in fees and provided employment for 11 community members.
VMite, which provides technology-skills training to unemployed youth in the Nelson Mandela Bay region in the Eastern Cape. The Foundation sponsored five students to do IT security engineers training. They received CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902 certifications, enabling them to pursue a number of IT-related careers.
Seventeen-year-old Someleze Mjekula is not your average teenager. Quiet and self-assured, he achieved an incredible 100% in physical science in his matric finals last year, overcoming the twin challenges of township living and the woefully under-resourced South African education system. It has enabled him to successfully apply for a place in the University of Cape Town’s BSc (Eng) Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering degree programme.
The Mdantsane teenager’s remarkable results are partly down to his own aptitude but it was his mother and the novel after-school extra-tuition programme, Kutlwanong Promaths, that pushed him to achieve full marks. “She was very supportive of my education,” he says of his mom, “but she battled to understand why I was getting marks in the 90s and not 100%. She was shouting, she would get angry, I do not know what for because I worked hard, but she didn’t care. She just wanted a 100%.”
It was at Umlazi High School in grade 8 that he was introduced to Kutlwanong Promaths. The extra-tuition township network programme of 22 centres offers grade 10 to 12 learners extra lessons in maths and science from Friday to Sunday. Datatec sponsors the Mdantsane centre of Kutlwanong Promaths.
Looking back, Someleze believes the competition from fellow learners in the Promaths class forced him to aim for higher marks. “I was averaging between 60% and 80%, but my fellow learners were getting above 90%, which just pushed me to get there.” The centres, which attract learners from various high schools in the communities in which they are situated, have established an all-encompassing model of learner care and development, which includes a good degree of peer-to-peer support, and incentives for top performers.
“I would attend Promaths classes on a Friday from 15:00 to 17:00 then again on a Saturday from 8:00 to 15:00 and also on a Sunday from 8:00 to 11:00. Maths was always my strong point, so I was surprised when I got above 90% for science as well – that made me really happy,” says Someleze.
Raised in a single-parent household after his father passed away a day after he was born, he grew up in a modest township home with two elder sisters, where there was just enough income to pay for things like transport to school. His mother worked hard to provide a stable home life, so it is perhaps not surprising that a Hollywood movie that celebrates the remarkable achievements of black female mathematicians inspired Someleze.
Although he initially wanted to study aeronautical engineering, his teachers advised him that jobs in that field were scarce, and suggested Mechatronics instead. Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering that combines mechanical engineering with light-current electrical engineering. With South Africa’s dire skills shortages in engineering, Someleze’s job prospects, if he qualifies, look good.
Promaths runs a university alumni programme too, something Someleze has leaned on as he’s adjusted to the challenges and pressures of his first year at university. “The workload is hectic and I’ve had to change my study techniques but now everything is good,” he says. “I have the support of a great set of mentors, both on and off campus, including my Promaths mentors.” The alumni programme offers powerful motivational and peer-to-peer support, with activities including revisiting centres, organising matric career days and network sessions.
Someleze is enthusiastic about the role Promaths played in enabling him to realise a dream. “Our principal would remind us that Datatec had sacrificed a lot of money to make our futures better, and that we needed to pull up our socks and stop playing. Companies should be investing in Promaths, because it helps us a lot.”
Thanks to the support of a loving family, the incredible tuition of Promaths and the inspiring story of a Hollywood movie, Someleze’s future looks bright.
Khanyisa Dyonashe is a bright young 17-year-old who embodies the hopes and dreams of a South African generation born free of the shackles of apartheid. She’s a miracle worker too, having achieved an astonishing 89% for maths and science in matric in 2018.
Born into a modest family in Mdantsane, a township about 15km from East London, Khanyisa rose above the challenges of everyday township living and the difficulty of notoriously under-resourced schools to come first in her matric class. This year she began her degree in actuarial science at the University of Cape Town after turning down a slot at Witwatersrand University for the same degree.
Actuarial science is particularly difficult to get into, and demands extremely high matric subject marks. The degree course, like many others of its calibre, has featured a predominantly white learner mix but this is beginning to change, thanks partly to high-school-level interventions by companies like Datatec, which funds the Mdantsane branch of Kutlwanong Promaths.
Khanyisa signed up at the Kutlwanong Promaths centre in Mdantsane. “Over three years, Kutlwanong trebled my love for the subject and ultimately my potential. It made my love for maths far more rewarding, and it really pushed me to my limits,” says Khanyisa.
Last year the Mdantsane centre saw one matriculant achieve 100% in physical science, while another achieved 97% in mathematics and 99% in physical science. Khanyisa, along with a group of fellow learners were among the top matriculants in the Eastern Cape.
Khanyisa leaned on the emotional support of a loving family – her retired father, her housewife mom and her working sister – to get her through the fairly rigorous extra-tuition after-school programme. “I really wanted to do this for my parents, to make them proud, as they sacrificed a lot for me,” she says. On Friday afternoons, almost all day on Saturday and a final three-hour stint on Sundays, Khanyisa along with 120 other learners in four grade classes would take extra lessons at the Promaths centre.
The Promaths centres teach the maths and science curriculum, provide prepacked lunches for students who require them, offer incentives for top performers who undertake routine tests, give career planning and guidance, and foster a culture of respect and mentorship.
“They tested frequently, which was really good practise for the final exams. For instance, my Promaths maths teacher collected exam papers from as far back as 2010, which enabled us to practise and answer questions from many different angles,” says Khanyisa. “The practising helped me understand difficult concepts and gave me the confidence I needed.”
Kutlwanong Promaths specifically seeks to instil in learners the need to take responsibility for their behaviour and to be diligent in everything they do. They believe these life skills do not just benefit learners’ studies but build character too. Khanyisa is quick to attest to this: “Promaths did not just help us with our school work, it taught us how to conduct ourselves in front of others by being humble; we learnt to ask for and value the help of others when we battled with understanding certain things.”
With 30 learners from various township schools represented in each Promaths class, learners are given an opportunity to learn from their peers in other parts of the community. “This really motivated me, as there was a lot of brilliant people in the class,” says Khanyisa. “You may be the top learner at your school, but at Promaths there are top learners from other schools, so there is healthy competition and this just pushed me further.”
Between the enthusiastic participation of the teachers and the incentives offered for high achievers, Khanyisa really got the most out of her Promaths experience. “We got taken out to movies or to dinner, and those of us who got an average of 90% or higher went to Cape Town for four days. We flew down, stayed at a nice hotel, visited Table Mountain and went on a red bus tour. And I got to make new friends, some of whom I am studying with this year at UCT.”
It is those vital friendships and the Promaths university alumni programme that Khanyisa is now leaning on to get her through a gruelling first year in actuarial science. “The work is intense, so I call my mom when I need to, and I rely on my varsity friends for support.”
Khanyisa urges business owners or directors in large firms to consider investing in solving the lack of skills in engineering, science and financial services. “Funding programmes like Promaths is a good investment, both for you as a business and for the country as well as it addresses a massive skills gap, especially among black professionals, in the financial services industry. Ultimately it will improve your business as well as the country’s economy. It is a win-win for everyone.”
Logicalis’ operating companies are committed to improving the quality of life for their local communities and this year saw increased employee participation in activities that make a difference. Below are just a few highlights:
Over US$100 000 CSI spend
Logicalis supports initiatives in 14 countries
During FY19, Logicalis US donated in excess of US$92 000 to 76 community causes – to three local events where Logicalis has an office, 40 charities across the USA, five primary school educational efforts, seven children’s charities, and designated charities of 13 Logicalis employees who lost a family member. In addition, Logicalis US encourages all employees to donate their time in their local community by allowing eight hours of paid time off annually.
Logicalis UK took part in various charitable initiatives including “Pedal to Paris” – a cyclist event which runs for four days with the challenge being to cycle all the way from London to Paris. Logicalis UK donated to the Royal British Legion that supports serving and ex-service men and women in the armed forces. It also organised a “Christmas Jumper Day” and supported Save the Children and Reading Family Aid, a children’s charity that supports children in local communities that are living in poverty or in disadvantaged situations.
Logicalis Germany launched a new CSR programme last year and supported six social initiatives at its German offices – from people in need, to development aid and animal welfare facilities. In addition to donating money to each of the six facilities, Logicalis employees also supported local projects, such as a Christmas market for children.
Twenty-six Logicalis Hong Kong staff members participated in the Hong Kong Red Cross “1 Blood Donation Saves 3 Lives” programme in July and September 2018. Logicalis Hong Kong has since included the blood donation volunteer programme in its annual corporate social responsibility agenda and expects more staff to commit to this act of kindness in the coming year.
Logicalis Singapore provided voluntary support to SWAMI Home, a home for the elderly, for the third consecutive year. They held a games session, distributed pastries and held a birthday celebration for the elderly whose birthdays were in the month of June. In addition, Logicalis Singapore participated in a session at Touch Community where they made ceramic tiles which would later be sold as merchandise by Touch Community.
More than 300 residents in Taitung, Taiwan were injured during Typhoon Nepartak in 2016. Many medical institutions were damaged as a result and require reconstruction. Logicalis Taiwan donated money to MacKay Memorial Hospital Taitung Branch, where a fundraising event was initiated to offer remote residents healthcare services. In addition, Logicalis Taiwan also donated used books and clothes to Christian Mountain Children’s Home.
Thomas Duryea Logicalis (“TDL”) Australia participated in “Around the Bay” – a 210km cycling event that raises funds for The Smith Family, who help disadvantaged children in ensuring they receive an education.
TDL Australia also took part in the Fight Cancer Foundation’s “Footy Colours Day”, a day event where employees were encouraged to wear their team’s colours. Funds raised went towards assisting children with their education, who are receiving treatment for cancer.
For the third year, TDL Australia supported a team to participate in Melbourne City Mission’s Sleep at the “G”, where volunteers sleep out for a night at Melbourne’s leading sporting ground to get a glimpse of the ongoing conditions experienced by homeless youth. The funds raised went towards supporting the homeless in the state of Victoria.
By partnering with PonyUp, TDL Australia has continued to convert old, unused technology into charitable currency and in turn, reduce the level of waste into landfill. PonyUp donates 50% of profits to SecondBite – Australia’s largest fresh food rescue charity, which redistributes fresh surplus food donated by farmers, wholesalers, markets, supermarkets and caterers to more than 1 300 community food programmes. The contribution made by TDL helped generate almost 11 000 meals to SecondBite.
TDL Australia also supported Anglicare’s Toy ‘n’ Tucker Appeal, by donating non-perishable food items and new toys to families in need as well as raising funds. In addition, TDL supported Kmart’s Wishing Tree Appeal – an initiative which supports members of the community in need, by donating gifts to those who are unable to afford presents during the holiday period.
In Brazil, Logicalis supported cultural projects, such as the “Discover the Orchestra” initiative of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra. This is an educational programme that aims to develop musical culture in children and adolescents, attended by students of primary and secondary-level schools.
In Argentina, Logicalis was part of a campaign to collect clothes and household goods for people affected by the swelling of the Pilcomayo river in Salta. Logicalis ran a campaign in which every donation of food or toys from an employee was matched by Logicalis and given to Asociación Civil El Arca, a voluntary charity organisation. Logicalis Argentina also took part in an event called “Good Night for all”, which consisted of assembling 10 Christmas boxes to deliver to 10 families from around Argentina.
In Paraguay, Logicalis campaigned to collect clothes and household goods for people affected by flooding in Ñeembucú, a region located in the south of the country. For the fifth consecutive year, Logicalis participated in the solidarity run of Fundación Dequeni, an organisation that helps children deal with disadvantaged situations.
Logicalis Paraguay also supported the Operation Smile Paraguay Foundation marathon by entering 25 runners, who participated in the 5km category. The team raised funds to perform free operations for children with cleft lips and palates.
Logicalis Peru collected school supplies to donate to the “Village of the Child: The Good School”, which welcomes homeless children who were victims of terrorists in the VRAEM. The VRAEM, Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro rivers, is a geopolitical zone in Peru and is an area of high-child malnutrition and poverty. Employees of Logicalis Peru also bought toys and snacks at Christmas for children with cancer from the National Institute of Neoplastic Diseases which were distributed to over 300 children. This was done through the non-profit organisation “Projects of Love”.
Throughout the month of August, Logicalis Chile’s staff participated in the campaign “Let’s Help with Milk 1 + 1”, donating 180kg of milk in milk bags to the Small Missionary Sisters of Charity, part of the Don Orione Foundation, which is active mainly in poor or developing countries.
Westcon International supports a variety of corporate and employee-led charitable initiatives, providing time and resources to improve the communities where its employees live and work.
Westcon International supports Fundación Juan XXIII Roncalli, a non-profit organisation that supports people with mental disabilities.
Westcon International engaged in a “Social Day” with Berlin-based UFA Kinderbauernhof, an animal farm for children. Refurbishment work was done to the farm and Westcon International contributed to material costs. Westcon International also donated to Berlin City Mission, which maintains the “Cold Bus”, an initiative focused on homeless people which aims to prevent death from exposure and provides emergency accommodation for homeless people.
In South Africa, Westcon International partnered with SAME Foundation to renovate, rebuild and fully equip the Computer Applied Teaching (“CAT”) laboratory for the Diepsloot Combined School in Johannesburg.
The CAT laboratory will provide its learners with a home base for them to foster their computer-based learning skills and hopefully drive a passion for technology among these learners. The new CAT laboratory will afford the learners the opportunity to write their computer exams, an education requirement from the Department of Education, at their own school. In the past, these exams had to be written at private schools in the area who were willing to accommodate them.