Corporate Social Responsibility
As a responsible corporate citizen, we’re committed to making a sustainable difference to the lives of the people who live close to both our own and our customers’ operations. The main thrust of our corporate social responsibility programme is education and enabling youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds to reach their full potential.
Technical Education for Communities (TEC)
Our flagship Technical Education for Communities initiative was born after we signed a global responsibility agreement with Cummins in 2016 in a project that seeks to address the technical skills gaps that exist in both of our companies’ areas of operation worldwide.
The local leg involves a partnership with the Sebokeng campus of the Sedibeng Technical Vocational Education and Training College and delivers relevant, practical skills that will serve industry’s specific requirements while giving youngsters significantly higher chances of gaining meaningful employment.
The initiative involves:
- The development of curricula, with special focus on mechanical, electrical and computer skills with accompanying health and safety training
- The provision of learning equipment
- Skills training for lecturers
- Opportunities for workplace learning for students
Komatsu/Denron Adult-Basic Education and Training
Komatsu and Denron partnered in 2007 to establish a development centre based at Derbyshire’s Dieprivier Farm in Plettenberg Bay. The centre was created to uplift unemployed students within the community through education and social development programmes designed to impart skills and improve their academic qualifications.
By 2019, no fewer than 1,024 assessments had been conducted, a total of 588 students trained and 2,805 certificates awarded. In addition, a business practice course has been introduced that will enable students to gain a NQF Level 4 Fundamental qualification. Komatsu has also donated a bus to provide transport for the students attending classes at the centre.
Small Enterprise Development in Kuruman
Komatsu has facilitated the establishment of 12 small, micro and micro-sized enterprises at Mothibistad close to Kuruman in the Northern Cape Province. A total of 40 jobs have been created as a result.
Mogalakwena Mechanical Training Hub
Komatsu has supported the creation of a mechanical training hub that will focus on training mechanics drawn from the local community. This entails an investment of R5 million over a two-year period in a project in which Komatsu has collaborated with Anglo American. The community will benefit from access to the hub and its infrastructure and support services, training and skills development; the promotion of enterprise and business skills development and job creation.
Rural Schools Connectivity Project
We have provided funding for Redline, a project intended to see communities connect with the internet via wireless mesh network technology. The aim is to establish a network specifically for the benefit of rural schools in the proximity of Sishen mine to facilitate interschool communication and access to educational information for the betterment of learners, their teachers and local communities.
We are proud to support the Tomorrow Trust, which works with orphans and vulnerable children to provide them with education and holistic support in a sustainable framework. This provides them with opportunities that they otherwise may have been denied, through the medium of holiday and Saturday school programmes. Komatsu currently sponsors 10 Grade 10 learners, 15 Grade 11 learners and five junior learners.
KSAF project – PDC Water Tanks
As part of a global company that is almost 100 years old, Komatsu has operated in South Africa for just under 60 years and is proud to play a role in the growth and development of our country. We are committed to fostering socio-economic development in the communities that surround our own and our clients ‘area of operation. One of our ways we do this is through the Komatsu Transformation Trust (KSAF) which saw fit to fund a project that would create a lasting visual imprint of our contribution to South Africa and its people. For this reason they commissioned two talented artists who’ve brought our journey across the length and breadth of our country to life by painting two storage tanks at our Parts Distribution Centre.
Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day
Komatsu arranges for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to spend a day at its premises. Organised through the Tomorrow Trust, the event is intended to enhance young women’s self-esteem and motivate them to reach their full potential through exposure to stimulating careers and positive role models.
Komatsu provides learnerships for early learning teachers from disadvantaged communities at Botshabelo. These teachers gain the National Qualification Framework Level 4 in early childhood development. By doing so, they are not only able to find employment but improve the standard of early education at local schools.
No matter how small your action is for Mandela Day, Komatsu see this celebration of Nelson Mandela’s Birthday on the 18th of July as a way about changing the world for the better. This year Komatsu assisted one of their community schools, Bana Ba Noko by refurbishing and painting containers that they could use for classrooms.
Learners with Disabilities
Komatsu has embarked on a programme that makes vocational training available to young people with physical disabilities.
Using the services of the LFP Group, a leader in BEE-aligned skills and development training, we have financed learnerships for 21 people who had limited prospects of finding employment without a marketable skill or qualification.
KOMATSU supports the Shavathon Cancer Initiative by raising funds through its employees donations towards this heartfelt initiative and the company matches the amount the employees have raised to make up the total donation.