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A NWK model for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been approved and has taken shape during 2011. The model is based on the relationship between three important aspects, namely:

  • NWK's framework for consistent and sustainable involvement;
  • NWK's sensible community-orientated spending; and
  • NWK's commitment to cooperate with local communities to uplift them and improve their sustainability.

Education is the key to success!

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Nelson Mandela said that education was the most powerful weapon we could use to change the world. It is exactly for this reason that NWK has decided to be involved in the Ikateleng Project for the fifth consecutive year. Ikateleng is the Tswana word for 'empowering yourself'.

The project commenced at the NWK Training Centre on 16 May. The North-West University (NWU) has already been presenting this programme for the past 25 years with great success. The project kicked off on the NWU’s Vaal Triangle Campus in 1988 and was expanded to the Potchefstroom Campus in 1991. Since then more than 10 000 matriculants have completed the programme (Beeld, 18 August 2014).

What is the purpose of the project?

The main purpose of the project is to improve the matrics' results and admission to tertiary institutions. This is achieved through the provision of supplementary educational training for grade 10 to grade 12 learners at eight different centres in the North West, Gauteng, Northern Cape and Free State provinces. Education in life skills and psychometric testing is part of the programme. 163 learners are participating in the programme this year.

Shoes, socks and beanies make children's hearts jump for joy!

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Many learners from surrounding communities once again benefited from NWK's annual School Shoe Project this year. 500 learners from different schools were each surprised with a pair of school shoes, school socks and a beanie. The schools that received shoes this year, were:

 

  • Maokaneng and Ponelopele Primary in Itsoseng
  • EH Mogase and Bontle Primary in Bodibe
  • Ditsobotla and Rampine Primary in Lichtenburg
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NWK has already been involved with this project for four years. During this time 2 500 learners have benefited from it.

Young Farmer Conference places soil under the microscope

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NWK was the main sponsor of this year’s Agri NW Young Farmer Conference, which took place at the NWK Training Centre in Lichtenburg on Friday, 24 April 2015. The theme was: The life in soil. Magnus Theunissen (chairman: Agri NW Young Farmer Association) explained that this theme centred around two issues: 'Firstly, it refers to the growth medium, that is to say, the land that we, as farmers utilise to produce food. Secondly, it refers to our survival. Should young farmers expand their economic units given the current socio-economic climate in the country?'

  • Theunissen answered a few topical questions during an interview. Click here to watch the interview.
  • Click here to view as segment from Pierre Vercueil's (president: Agri NW) message.
  • According to Danie Marais (managing director: NWK) land is the focus of our time. Listen to the message that he delivered to young farmers during the conference by clicking here.
  • Hans van der Merwe (executive director: Agri SA) discussed the potential of young farmers and the obstacles they face during their endeavours to expand their production units to acquire economies of scale. View a segment from his speech.
  • Prof Leon van Rensburg (managing director: Profert Fertiliser) gave an informative presentation on the microbes involved in plant, soil and animal nutrition. View a segment from his presentation.
  • Martiens du Plessis (soil scientist: NWK Agricultural Management Services) and Gerrie van der Merwe (Agri NW Young Farmer of the Year 2011) took part in the panel discussion. View a segment from the panel discussion.

Spectators enjoy high-quality rugby

 Spectators enjoy high-quality rugby

The fifth NWK, Santam Landbou and CertiSure Brokers U/16 Rugby Week once again took place in collaboration with Hoërskool Lichtenburg this year. The high schools, which battled it out on the rugby field were: Lichtenburg, Driehoek (Vanderbijlpark), Ben Vorster (Tzaneen), HTS Witbank, Marais Viljoen (Alberton) and Vryburg. These schools performed superbly in their various u/15 leagues last year. As a result, spectators enjoyed excellent school rugby.

Watch some of the matches:

Well done!

 Well done!

Congratulations to all the learners who received awards during the Lichtenburg area office’s Well Done function, which took place on Friday, 9 January. NWK donated a laptop with software to each of the 17 schools in the region’s top achiever during the 2014 matric exam. Danie Marais (managing director: NWK) and Samuel Nkone are standing next to the 17 top achievers.

NWK supports leaders

 NWK supports leaders

NWK gave its financial support to the High School Leader Symposium, which was held at Konka outside Rustenburg, for the third consecutive year. 112 learners from 28 schools in the North West Province attended the symposium, which took place from 5 to 7 December  2014.

 

NWK supports the community with the Grip 4 Charity Golf Day

NWK supports the community with the Grip 4 Charity Golf Day

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant – Robert Louis Stevenson. NWK’s first suppliers’ golf day took place on the Brits Golf Course on 8 August 2006. This year we were proud to present our ninth suppliers’ golf day, which has also been known as the Grip 4 Charity Golf Day since 2012, at the Rustenburg Golf Club on 26 August. During this day NWK and its suppliers joined forces to raise funds for pre-approved beneficiaries.

The Koster community has benefited from the golf day this year and the two beneficiaries were the Koster Gekombineerde Skool and the NG Welsyn Tuiste vir Bejaardes. The cheques were handed over to the two institutions on Thursday, 25 November 2014. Koster Gekombineerde Skool will appropriate the funds towards the upgrading of the infrastructure of its sports grounds, while the NG Welsyn Tuiste vir Bejaardes will utilise the funds for maintenance of its building as well as for the daily needs of the elderly.

During the past nine years no less than 14 institutions and organisations have benefited from this day. The institutions and organisations include:

  • The Lichtenburg Cancer Clinic
  • The Hope Community Centre in Blydeville
  • The Bible Association of South Africa
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • The SAVF in Lichtenburg
  • The North West VLU
  • Alzheimer South Africa
  • The Lichies Omgee Project
  • Najaarsrus in Coligny,
  • The SAVF Huis Lou van Wyk in Sannieshof
  • The NG Welsyn Huis De la Rey in Delareyville

A total of R736 000 has been raised over the past nine years and has been handed over to the various institutions. We would like to use this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to NWK’s suppliers that support this initiative and that have already made a difference in so many people’s lives and will keep on making a difference in future.

Matrics benefit from Ikateleng 2014

Matrics benefit from Ikateleng 2014

Ikateleng (Tswana for “empower yourself”) is a programme that the North-West University (NWU) has been presenting with great success for the past 25 years. The project kicked off on the NWU’s Vaal Triangle Campus in 1988 and was expanded to the Potchefstroom Campus in 1991. Since then more than 10 000 matriculants completed the programme (Beeld, 18 August 2014).

Programme purpose

The main purpose of the project is to improve matric results and admission to tertiary institutions. This is achieved through the provision of supplementary educational training for grade 10 to grade 12 learners at eight different centres in the North West Province, Gauteng, the Northern Cape and the Free State. Education in life skills and psychometric testing is part of the programme. 2014 is the fourth consecutive year that NWK has been involved with this project. For the second year this programme was also presented at the Taletso FET College in Lichtenburg, which enabled more learners from NWK’s service area to become involved due to the shorter distances that needed to be travelled in order to attend the classes.

Programme duration

The programme stretched over 16 Saturdays (from May 2014 to August 2014). The prize giving ceremony took place at NWK’s Training Centre in Lichtenburg on 6 September 2014. Donors and parents were invited to attend and the best learner in the applicable subjects was rewarded with a cash prize. A prize was also awarded to the best overall learner. This year’s best learner was Phemelo Molopyane, who boasts 79% for Physical Sciences, 93% for Mathematics and 88% for Life Sciences. He will be taking the actuarial route next year, which seems quite appropriate.

The schools that formed part of the NWK group this year were from the Lichtenburg, Bodenstein, Coligny, Biesiesvlei, Bodibe and Itsoseng districts.

Participants’ comments

  • I stopped wasting time with games and started taking my school work seriously.
  • I obtained more confidence, knowledge and insight.
  • I am now prepared for my exams.
  • I now know how to manage my study time; it helps a lot.

Source: (Beeld, 18 August 2014)

Keneilwa Malefatshe (English – 85%), Rosie Mokaleng (Economics – 87%, Business Studies – 80% and Accounting – 70%) and Phemelo Molopyane (Life Sciences – 88%, Physical Sciences – 79% and Mathematics – 93%). Molopyane also received the award as best overall learner.

Grip 4 Charity a huge success

Grip 4 Charity a huge success

NWK’s ninth Supplier Golf Day, which has also been known as the Grip 4 Charity Golf Day since 2012, took place with great success on Tuesday, 26 August at the Rustenburg Golf Club. This is only one of the many actions that NWK took on as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy (CSRP) during the year, which was approved by the board of directors in 2010.

The nominated institutions that will benefit from this project in 2014 are NG Welsyn Tuiste vir Bejaardes Koster and Koster Gekombineerde Skool. NWK believes and trusts that this financial contribution will alleviate these institutions’ distress. We would like to thank all suppliers for their excellent support!

Helping hand

Helping hand

Several personnel members contributed to relieve the plight of the people in Rustenburg who suffered under the paralysing mine strikes. Noordfed donated approximately 4 tons of Hay Day cake flour and Super Goal maize meal and NWK Retail made a truck available to deliver the supplies in Rustenburg.

 

Brand new shoes for learners

Brand new shoes for learners

NWK has managed to change lives by participating in the School Shoe Project for the third consecutive year where approximately 700 learners in ten schools received a pair of brand new shoes. This year socks, a warm cap, as well as shoe polish and a brush for keeping their new shoes shiny were also handed out. Everyone who took part in this act of kindness agrees that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Electronic white boards for Laerskool Sannieshof

Electronic white boards for Laerskool Sannieshof

NWK recently donated two electronic white boards, as well as a projector to Sannieshof Primary School. The company is already involved with various schools in its service area and this project is thus only a continuation of the Corporate Social Responsibility Policy that binds NWK to the upliftment of local communities and sustainable improvement.

Excited learners of Sannieshof Primary School are standing in front of a white board with Ms. E Smook, acting principal of Sannieshof Primary School and Johan Bezuidenhout, manager: Corporate Marketing.

NWK donates new computers to a small farm school

NWK donates new computers to a small farm school

A small farm school on the Lichtenburg/Ottosdal road recently received two personal computers and one laptop from NWK. The new computers replaced the old ones in the administrative offices and enable personnel to execute their daily tasks more effectively. NWK is already involved with various schools in its service area and this project is thus only a continuation of the Corporate Social Responsibility Policy that binds NWK to the upliftment of local communities and sustainable improvement.

Top matriculants receive laptops

Top matriculants receive laptops

NWK rewarded the top matriculants of 2013 in the Ditsobotla area for their hard work during a fancy occasion, which took place on Friday, 10 January 2014. Each of the top 17 learners of the various schools in the area received a laptop.

The learners and parents were very moved by this gesture. Comments, such as “I have dreamt about this my entire life” were received. This was the second year that NWK was involved with this project and it is a continuation of NWK’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, which endorses the relationship and cooperation with local communities to uplift them and to improve them in a sustainable manner.

The 17 schools in the Ditsobotla area achieved a pass rate of 95,25%, while all the schools achieved a pass rate of above 80%. The high schools Lichtenburg, Coligny, CVO Lichtenburg and More, all achieved a 100% pass rate.

Suné Pohl, from the High School Lichtenburg, was the top learner and boasted an average of 94,4%, which excluded Life Orientation. She passed all seven of her subjects with more than 90%. She achieved the third place in the North West Province, as well as the best marks for Life Sciences in the province.

High School Lichtenburg also achieved the number one position in the North West Province with a 100% pass rate. The class of 248 learners received 386 distinctions, which excluded Life Orientation. The fact that four of the school’s learners were in the Top 20 and 21 of the school’s learners were in the Top 100 of the province makes the school’s achievement even more remarkable.

NWK Suppliers tee off for charity

NWK’s eighth Supplier Golf Day, which has also been known as the Grip 4 Charity Golf Day since 2012, took place with great success on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 at the Rustenburg Golf Club. This is only one of the many actions that NWK took on as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy (CSRP) during this year, which was approved by the board of directors in 2010.

The nominated institutions that benefited from this project this year were Huis Delarey in Delareyville (70%) as well as Blind SA (30%). A cheque of R100 000 was handed over to Huis Delarey, while Blind SA received a cheque of R40 000.

NWK believes and trusts that this financial contribution will alleviate these institutions’ distress. The record proceeds that were generated this year, would, however, not have been possible without the excellent support of our suppliers and lots of grace from our Heavenly Father.

NWK Suppliers tee off for charity
From left to right: Christo van Niekerk (director: NWK), Ingrid Knoetze (manager: Huis Delarey), Danie Marais (managing director: NWK) and Rev Japie du Plessis who has been a resident of Delareyville for more than 42 years.



NWK Suppliers tee off for charity
Johan Bezuidenhout (manager: Corporate Marketing) hands Cathy Donaldson of Blind SA a R40 000 cheque.




NWK reaches out on Madiba’s birthday

NWK reaches out on Madiba’s birthday

On 18 July NWK reached out to two schools in Itsoseng as part of its annual School Shoes Project to celebrate Madiba’s 95th birthday. A festive atmosphere was palpable at Reatlegile Special School despite the cold. The learners sang and danced and the story of Nelson Mandela’s childhood  years was read to them. Mr Danie Marais, managing director of NWK,  spoke a few words and then the handing out of school shoes, socks and  beanies commenced.

NWK’s School Shoes Project forms part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, which was approved by the board of directors in 2010. Schools in the NWK service area that would benefit from this project were identified in collaboration with Mr Samuel Nkone, a retired manager of the Department of Education’s area office in Lichtenburg. A total of 700 learners will receive a pair of shoes, socks and a beanie as part of NWK’s contribution this year. The schools stretch over a wide area, like Coligny, Bodibe and Itsoseng and include: Reatlegile Special School, Lore Primary, Matlaba Primary, Mmuagabo Primary, Makgwe Primary, Vlakpan Primary, Morweng Primary, Manana Primary; Rapoo Primary, Hakboslaagte Primary and Monamaladi Primary.

Learners are ready

Learners are ready

NWK is proud to be part of the Ikateleng programme again. The North-West University has been running this programme with great success for more than 20 years. This year the Ikateleng registration took place at NWK’s Training Centre.

 

NWK congratulates class of 2012

NWK congratulates class of 2012

The Grade 12 Well Done Function of the Ditsobotla area office of the North West Department of Education was held on Friday, 11 January 2013 at NWK’s Training Centre in Lichtenburg. The main sponsors were NWK, Afrisam and Lichtenburg Kantoormeubels.

The top achievers, teachers and schools were announced. NWK donated a laptop with software to the value of more than R9 000 to each of the top achievers of the seventeen schools in the area.

Mr Danie Marais, Managing Director of NWK, touched on leadership in his speech to the learners. He said that leadership started at a young age and that the support from parents, family and friends, as well as the vital roles played by teachers and mentors, would continue to be significant influences in the development of future leaders. He congratulated the seventeen top achievers on behalf of NWK and wished them well with the new and exciting chapter in their lives. He concluded with a few words in Setswana.

NWK makes a dream come true

NWK makes a dream come true

To expand sport activities at High School Lichtenburg, the erection of two squash courts has been a dream of the school for years. Thanks to the sponsorship of NWK, this dream was realised on 13 September.

The two new squash courts were officially opened during a social event that took place. During his speech, Leon Bantjes (principal: High School Lichtenburg) mentioned that these facilities are a great asset to the community and that they also contribute to the practicing of leisure time spending.

Bantjes also said that this was a special project, seeing that one of the school’s teachers, Hendrik Odendaal, handled the building project.

The school’s governing council was thanked for their positive attitude with regard to the realisation of this dream, while NWK was also thanked for their continued financial support.

Danie Marais (managing director: NWK) mentioned in his speech that this was a historical moment for both the school and the community, seeing that they have waited long for these squash courts.

He mentioned that the origin of many things starts with a dream. This was also the case with the squash courts; a collective dream between NWK and High School Lichtenburg.

NWK opens its heart to communities

NWK opens its heart to communities

NWK’s seventh Supplier Golf Day was held successfully again this year. This is just one of the many actions that NWK has taken on during the year as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that was approved by the board of directors in 2010.

The Suppliers Golf Day that was held for the first time on 8 August 2006, has since truly contributed to the upliftment and sustainable improvement of local communities.

The nominated organisation that will benefit from this year’s project is the SAVF Huis Lou van Wyk in Sannieshof. On 14 November 2012, Heinrich Krüger (chairman: NWK) and Johan Bezuidenhout (manager: NWK Corporate Marketing) handed over to Hettie Schutte, Mariëtte de Villiers and Rienk van Wyk from Huis Lou van Wyk’s service management, a cheque of R110 000.

NWK believes and trusts that this financial contribution will help to alleviate their need. Thanks again to this organisation for their involvement and their care for those in need in our community.

NWK would also like to thank its suppliers who were involved in this year’s golf day for their support.

Children excited about new shoes

Children excited about new shoes

The school shoes project was carried out again this year with great success. Recently five hundred excited school children each received a pair of shoes, socks and a beanie. Samual Nkone, a retired teacher and later manager of the Department of Education’s Lichtenburg area office, who initiated the project in 2010, was involved again this year.

The aim of this project is to support pupils at farm schools, who are hampered by difficult social and financial conditions. The project again confirms that NWK is committed to the cooperation with local communities to uplift them and create sustainable improvements.

Blankets help underprivileged to endure the winter

Blankets help underprivileged to endure the winter

The Human Capital division launched the annual Blanket Project again. This year non-perishable foods were also collected to be handed out with the blankets. In addition, hot dogs were sold to raise funds for this worthy cause.

Other NWK divisions also lent a hand. Epko and Noordfed donated oil and maize-meal respectively, while NWK donated cash with which more food and blankets could be purchased. The name of every person who bought a hot dog came into consideration for the lucky draw, where prizes donated by Trade could be won.

In total, 153 blankets and 179 food hampers were handed out. Several underprivileged people could subsequently endure the piercing winter cold a bit better.

Human Capital would like to use this opportunity to thank the personnel who contributed to the efforts of making this project a huge success. The division that is up to the challenge of taking on this project next year should please contact Dennis Coetzee (group manager: Human Capital).

New computers help improve reading skills

New computers help improve reading skills

The learners of Batswana Commercial Secondary School’s reading skills were not up to standard. Reading is the primary means in which information is disseminated and impaired reading skills can significantly influence a child’s progression in school. A reading programme known as Reading Rocket was implemented at the school. This programme has been established in 450 schools nationwide.

The school, however, made little progress with this programme, seeing that the computers they had to work with were outdated and broken. In 2011 the school approached NWK with a presentation for their possible assistance with the upgrading of their computer room. A group effort was made by Corporate Marketing and NWK’s Information Technology department to meet the schools needs.

The new computers that were installed are already making a difference in terms of the learners’ reading and learning skills. According toe Anneke Mulligan (vice principal) the computer room is used for the Reading Rocket programme and an English reading programme for Grade 8 to Grade 11 learners. 204 Grade 8 learners attended reading courses during the July 2012 holiday in order to sharpen their reading skills.

NWK cares

NWK cares

NWK has succeeded in making a difference in the lives of people and animals during the past few months. 25 gardeners received free training on garden care on 18 July. The course was presented in cooperation with the Lichtenburg Gardening Association. Agust Schnepel gave the training with the aid of a Tswana interpreter and subjects such as seasonal gardening, garden care as well as, the division and transplantation of plants were discussed.

As part of their goodwill, NWK also donated 300 chairs to the Lichtenburg Primary School.

Even our four legged friends’ needs were taken care of. NWK donated R10 000 to the Lichtenburg Animal Welfare. This non-profit organisation delivers a selfless service to the community and is dependent on the donations of benefactors.

Golf players contribute to worthy cause

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NWK realise that it depends on the community for their support and therefore it is important for us to fulfil our responsibility toward the community. This year the sixth golf day was held in Rustenburg on 30 August 2011.

A record number of 144 players showed what they were made of on the golf course. The day has become a highlight on the NWK calendar and with the outstanding support of our suppliers this day will only go from strength to strength. The nominated institution that benefited from 2011's golf day proceeds is the Cancer Clinic in Lichtenburg. They were recently awarded a cheque for R80 000.

Empowerment for a brighter future

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Ikateleng (the Tswana word for "empower yourself") is a programme that the North-West University has been running with great success for more than 23 years. The objective of this programme is to prepare learners for university education and to help them meet university admission requirements.

The programme was ended with an awards ceremony at the NWU's Mafikeng Campus on 2 September 2011. Two of the learners, who received awards in Maths Literacy and English respectively, came from a group of learners who received a sponsorship from NWK that afforded them the opportunity to attend the winter school. They are Mongorosi Rosy (Maths Literacy) and Ntshudisane Tshwanelo (English). NWK is very proud to be part of this initiative.

NWK's heart beats warmth

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Many schools' leaners in the North West Province are weighed down by difficult social and economic circumstances. Mr Samuel Nkone, a retired teacher, who was also the manager of the Department of Education's Lichtenburg area office, knows the children's circumstances. He came up with an initiative to provide the children with assistance by donating shoes and socks. He approached NWK for their assistance and we were glad to oblige.

Youths clean up Ottosdal

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The youth in Letsopa, Ottosdal, have decided that "enough is enough" and have started with a clean up action. Linda Taljaard was approached to be of assistance to them and also acts as the group's protector. They call themselves the Graveyard Cleaners and the action's name is Let's Fight Poverty. The group of youths are also busy with a garbage recycle project to generate an income.

NWK was approached for their help in supplying the gardening tools necessary to launch the clean up action. NWK donated tools and clothing like safety shoes, rubber gloves, pickaxes, gardening rakes, spades, a poison sprayer and wheelbarrows to the group. The project is currently moving full steam ahead and is proof that you shouldn't wait for something to happen. You should rather step in, take action and make it happen yourself.

 

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