Corporate social investment reports

Datatec social investment report

The Datatec Educational and Technology Foundation ("the Foundation") funds educational organisations whose purpose is to improve education within underprivileged communities in South Africa. Datatec's CSI spend is directed towards 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.

Science, technology, engineering and maths ("STEM") careers are in high demand due to the rapid rate of technological advancements and we believe it is imperative to support school-level intervention programmes aimed at improving learner results in maths and science to enable more learners to pursue STEM qualifications. Not only are these subjects a prerequisite for STEM degrees, they also teach valuable skills like problem solving, logical reasoning and critical thinking that are essential in today's fast-paced digital economy. The upskilling of teachers in maths and science is also critical. Other areas of focus include the granting of bursaries, the provision of technology infrastructure in disadvantaged communities as well as technology skills development for unemployed youth.

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Foundation beneficiaries

Teacher and learner development at a secondary-school level

Teacher and learner development are both critical areas 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 FY20 was in excess of R5 million (61% 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 overall pass rate was 100% for the group of 90 grade 12 learners, of whom 71 achieved Bachelor passes. All 90 learners in the group are pursuing tertiary studies either through universities or FET colleges.

The Tomorrow Trust provides integrated academic and psychosocial support to orphaned and vulnerable children. The Foundation contributed towards two programmes in which 30 grade 8 and 30 grade 10 learners received extra tuition in maths, science, English and life science, as well as career guidance support, leadership workshops and psychosocial support. The grade 8 group's baseline test results averaged 49% at the start of the programme and improved to 57% in the final term. The grade 10 group started off with 48% average and ended the year on 62%. Both groups had a 100% pass rate.

The Olico Foundation develops tailored education initiatives for township communities. The Foundation contributed towards their programme that offers academic support in maths for learners in grade R to grade 12. Olico ran 50 maths clubs in Diepsloot for learners in grade 1 to grade 6. Its 2019 matric class achieved a 100% pass rate and 75% of these learners scored Bachelor level matric passes which puts them in the top 20% of maths performers nationally.

Numeric 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 91% attendance rate for its after-school programme, and Numeric learners improved by 14.8% compared to the 5.0% of non-Numeric peers.

The Vula Programme provides educational outreach at Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal which services 90 under-resourced schools from previously disadvantaged communities. In FY20, the Foundation funded projects which included the Vula Annual Careers Day, the Vula Maths Project and the Vula Science Project outreach.

The Vula Maths Project entailed 28 teachers attending 11 weeks of training at the Vula Academy campus. In the Vula Science Project outreach, more than 500 learners and teachers in rural and township schools received teaching and revision materials, a four-day residential workshop was held for 22 teachers, and groups of learners from local schools were transported to Hilton College to do practical science work in laboratories.

Improving technology infrastructure and access to computers

Datatec recognises that access to ICT is vital in a developing economy. 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 FY20 was R1 million (10% of its annual budget).

Belgium Campus iTversity

Code4Change


Afrika Tikkun 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, 6 755 children and young people received access to computer labs where some gained computer and coding skills.

The Durban High School Foundation Trust received funding from the Foundation for the upgrade of the school's media and IT centre, where 912 learners benefitted from having access to state-of-the-art IT equipment.

Skills development for the unemployed

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 FY20 was R0.6 million (8% of its total annual budget).

Code4Change teaches coding techniques and skills in secondary schools. The Foundation contributed towards the Code Jika Programme in seven schools in Gauteng.

The Siyakhula Computer School provides low-cost computer literacy training to underprivileged communities across five centres. This year the school trained 1 675 students.

Bursaries for disadvantaged students

The Foundation partnered with the Belgium Campus to address the shortage of black female students studying towards IT degrees. Their graduates enjoy a 100% employment rate after completing their studies.

The Foundation funds three female students studying towards a Bachelor of Computing that will take four years to complete.

The Foundation's total contribution in this area for FY20 was over R0.7 million (9% of its total budget).

Beneficiaries rise to the challenge of COVID-19

The non-profit educational organisations supported by Datatec were forced to adjust their strategies in order to continue providing much needed support to their beneficiaries during the pandemic.

For the Olico Foundation, The Tomorrow Trust and the Vula Programme, the global pandemic became an impetus for focusing on the execution of their respective programmes. Organisational agility, solid experience with the communities they work in and quick responsiveness ensured that these beneficiaries’ programmes had maximum impact.

Olico created a COVID-19 adaption of its tools and resources-based maths programme which could be accessed online, via WhatsApp and through an Android app. Teachers and learners actively engaged with each other every day via these platforms, with tutors calling or messaging learners each morning, and then tracking their progress through WhatsApp or online.

The free online version of the programme features more than 28 000 interactive questions and 376 tutorial videos, worksheets for sharing, tutoring and discussion over WhatsApp, and a fun, time-based activity designed to build number fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which is suitable for all grades. Logic puzzles promote
problem-solving and creative thinking, while a senior-phase maths summary guide featuring key mathematical concepts for grades 7, 8 and 9 is downloadable for free.

About 680 learners on WhatsApp were reached, which is about 60% of the high school learners the NGO normally works with, in townships such as Alexandra, Diepsloot, Bosmont, Dunoon and Heideveld. Access to smartphone devices and data are the main barriers to access for the other learners. Notably, three out of the five service providers zero-rated Olico’s online programme to make it possible for children to continue receiving maths tutoring.

Twenty nine high school WhatsApp groups administered by Olico took root over lockdown, with 301 484 WhatsApp messages exchanged, and 2.9GB of WhatsApp data used for messages and worksheets. Although these numbers may appear small, what is remarkable is the sheer enthusiasm of the learners. Even during this exceptionally trying time, learners are showing perseverance and fortitude in accessing tutoring and training which demonstrates their commitment to bettering themselves and their chances of a better future.

The Tomorrow Trust, who works with orphaned and vulnerable children, launched a #changethestory campaign, a crowd-funding initiative to raise funds to put together 400 food, hygiene and learning packs. These were delivered to under-resourced households, and at the same time, children and their caregivers were provided with academic and psychosocial support. Included with the packs were one-month WhatsApp data bundles that enabled the children and their caregivers to join WhatsApp groups, and guide them on how to access free online education resources, such as the Siyavula Maths and Science Programme. For the next five months, the NGO will be doing deliveries to all households with children in the junior grades, giving them packs that include a food parcel, academic booklets and social-emotional worksheets that learners can complete, in addition to beanies and scarves, educational toys, stationery, masks and sanitisers. For senior learners, the NGO has launched a virtual Saturday school programme, which learners can access through the 5GB of monthly data the NGO provides, enabling online classrooms through Zoom. Teachers can also call via WhatsApp to ensure that learners understand what has been taught. Senior students are also provided with food parcels, hygiene packs, academic notes and social-emotional lessons on topics like anxiety and stress management.

The Vula Programme staff members are experienced teachers who were able to put a response programme together to support the teachers on their Vula Maths Programme during the lockdown. Regular contact was maintained with these teachers, by using phone calls, SMS and WhatsApp messages, with the intention of encouraging and motivating them as best as they could. For most of the Vula teachers it comprised the only support that they received during these difficult days. Assistance provided to teachers included:

  • encouraging the teachers to use the online materials available on the Vula Maths resources website;
  • encouraging them to access the online resources available at sites such as e-Classroom, iStudentAcademy, Shuters, Pick n Pay, Siyavula, etc;
  • providing online tutorials showing how to prepare a Powerpoint presentation for teaching and how to include commentary;
  • preparing teaching materials for the syllabus topics which will be needed by the teachers when their teaching resumes;
  • using online meetings to hold maths discussions with groups of teachers; and
  • offering advice regarding matters such as purchasing laptops, the best priced data packages, laptop insurance, etc.

Tomorrow Trust food and hygiene packs

Olico app-based learning tools



Psychosocial support a winning formula for top-quality results among Gauteng students

Sixty Gauteng grade 8 and grade 10 learners, the majority of them orphaned and vulnerable, were 2019 participants in the Tomorrow Trust’s Saturday and holiday school programme which was funded by the Foundation. The high school learners benefitted from a holistic daily programme including self-mastery workshops, career guidance, digital literacy, motivational talks and leadership development.

The success of the Saturday and holiday school programme is evident among grade 10 to 12 learners. Over the past eight years, the programme has assisted 602 learners to complete their National Senior Certificate. The overall pass rate has been 98%, with 78% of learners achieving a Bachelor pass rate. Last year, Tomorrow Trust learners’ university pass rate, compared to the National Department of Education’s university pass rate, was 72% versus 37%.

Among these impressive group results there are standout individuals. Pretty Madiya, a learner from Tembisa who joined the Tomorrow Trust in grade 8, started with averages of 63% in English and 51% in maths. By the end of grade 12, her English had improved to 75% and maths to 66%, paving the way for her to follow her dream to study at the University of the Western Cape (“UWC”), doing a BSc in Medical Biosciences. Lebohang Basil Mofokeng, also from Tembisa, showed remarkable improvement, moving from 54% in English at the start of the programme while he was in grade 10 to 67%, and he improved his maths mark from 49% to 77%. Lebohang is now studying medicine at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Nomfundo Mazibuko from Soweto started with 46% in English and 57% in maths while in grade 8, moving up to 61% in English and 83% in maths. She is now studying biochemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Tomorrow Trust Saturday and holiday school programme

 


Logicalis social investment report

Logicalis' operating companies are committed to improving the quality of life for the local communities that they operate in and this year saw a significant increase in employee participation in activities. Over US$250 000 was spent on CSI activities, with Logicalis supporting a range of community and environmental initiatives in 18 countries. Currently, the most common area of focus across Logicalis is the support and education of disadvantaged people in the communities where it is located.

Logicalis Australia toy and food appeal

Logicalis Cilnet breast cancer run

North America

During FY20, Logicalis US donated in excess of US$130 000 to 96 charities, principally supporting healthcare, education, children's health and disease support. In addition, Logicalis US encourages all employees to donate their time in their local community by allowing eight hours of paid time off annually.

Latin America

In Brazil, Logicalis supports several community education schemes. Logicalis partners with BandTec Digital School with its Future Generation Programme - offering an education in coding and the opportunity to be part of the Logicalis Internship Programme, to provide opportunities for students on a lower income. Logicalis also supports "House of Campinas" which is an institution whose mission is to provide women with a safe space for learning, growth and networking.

In Argentina, Logicalis has partnered with an organisation which provides work to unemployed people and buys books from the organisation which is donated to local schools.

In Puerto Rico, Logicalis donated 31 survival kits for the La Hormiga community in Dorado, who were severely affected by the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September of 2017.

In Paraguay, Logicalis collected toys for children in hospitals in partnership with the Noches Solidarias foundation. Logicalis continues to support Fundación Dequeni, an organisation that helps educate children from low-income backgrounds.

Logicalis Peru donated clothes, household goods and cleaning products to Casa Hogar Talita Kum, a shelter for girls rescued from labour, sexual exploitation or who have been abandoned. Logicalis also joined the "Donate a cap and uncover a smile" campaign organised by the Angelitos de Cristal Programme of the National Institute of Children's Health. The proceeds are used to pay for medicines, supplies and nutritional supplements for children who suffer from Epidermolysis Bullosa, a non-contagious genetic disease.

Logicalis Coasin in Chile, through its Protaganist Programme, helps young people at social risk re-enter higher education. They also receive third-year university students for a week to gain work experience within the IT division.

Europe

Logicalis UK took part in various charitable initiatives including Christmas present collection for children up to 16 years old living in local communities that are living in poverty or in disadvantaged situations, a cake bake off raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, and many members of the team took part in a 25km walk criss-crossing the Thames for the Crisis charity.

Logicalis Germany supports six social initiatives at its German offices which its employees selected - from socially disadvantaged children, to development aid and animal welfare facilities. In addition to donating money to each of the six facilities, Logicalis employees invest their own time. All 10 Cilnet female employees in Portugal ran for a local breast cancer charity and Logicalis Spain employees volunteered to clean beaches and raise money for a local hospital. Logicalis Channel Islands employees pack shoe boxes with items that are then sent to children for Christmas.

Asia-Pacific

Twenty-eight Logicalis Hong Kong staff members participated in the Hong Kong Red Cross "1 Blood Donation Saves 3 Lives" Programme in 2019. Logicalis Singapore partnered with non-profit charitable organisation Club Rainbow to celebrate Children's Day with 27 children together with their parents and/or guardians. The team also donated food in FY20 to "Food from the Heart" which is a charity offering support for the needy in the community.

Logicalis Indonesia donated PCs and Microsoft's "Home Student" to local charities and over 300 employees joined local orphans for breakfast paid for by Logicalis. Logicalis Taiwan donated money to the "MacKay Memorial Hospital Taitung" branch, where a fundraising event was initiated to offer remote residents healthcare services. Logicalis China also donated to the Shanghai Charity Foundation.

Thomas Duryea Logicalis ("TDL") in Australia supported Dell technologies as a partnership to assist "FoodBank NSW". It supported families and communities that were affected by the recent bushfires in Australia. Also due to the bushfires, TDL decided to hold a morning tea with either cakes baked or purchased to raise funds for the Red Cross.

Seven TDL employees participated in "Around the Bay" - a 210km cycling event that raises funds for The Smith Family, who help disadvantaged children 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, who are receiving treatment for cancer, with their education. They also held an afternoon tea with a handball competition in the office to raise funds for Fight Cancer Foundation.

By partnering with PonyUp, TDL Australia has continued to dispose of 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.

Finally TDL supported Anglicare Victoria's ("AV") annual Toy and Food Appeal. This appeal ensures the children in their care receive brand new toys for Christmas, a time that is the most challenging for those who rely on organisations such as AV.

Annual blood drive, Logicalis Hong Kong

Westcon International social investment report

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. Below are some examples of the many initiatives that have been undertaken this year:

Australian bushfires

The Sydney (Australia) and Cirencester (UK) offices showed their support and raised funds for the Australian Bushfire Appeal with colleagues and partners by dressing up on a Loud Shirt Day and donating £25 for every order received.

Australian office dressing up for Loud Shirt Day

UK office dressing up in support of the Australian bushfires


COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Westcon's UK and Netherlands Logistics Centres have continued to call upon local partners for their services, helping these small businesses to stay afloat. Food and beverage businesses, as well as a local taxi service have been hired to support the warehouse staff. The Spanish team continues to donate to the Caritas Food Bank to help people in times of need.

Original Fry Up Material serving warehouse staff

Westcon South Africa career day


South Africa

Westcon South Africa continues to invest in multiple employment and learnership programmes, enabling young people to gain workplace experience and gain qualifications to start their careers. It appointed 20 learners to its Level Up programme giving unemployed youth work experience and IT skills. It also hosted a career day for grade 11 learners as part of the KlipTown School Development programme. Westcon South Africa also provides numerous bursaries.


Worldwide

This year, Westcon International celebrated Movember across all regions and offices, creating awareness for men's health issues and supporting local charitable activities. An integrated campaign for International Women's Day generated awareness for the achievements of women, both in the division and for women in general, through internal communications, local events and social media.

International Women’s Day campaign – Netherlands

International Women’s Day campaign – UK