M-Tech also supports the broader ASGISA requirements of the country. As a South African engineering firm we strongly believe in the incubation and distribution of work to small companies and have successfully supported our first fully black owned company, Enerflow Installations (Pty) Ltd. The following is our current commitment: supporting the requirements of ASGISA and B-BEEE.
Corporate Social Investment Project - Providing safe, efficiently generated hot water for Royal Bafokeng Nation community projects and school.
M-Tech Industrial, a subsidiary company of Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) is improving the lives of communities in Phokeng, North West, by supplying efficiently generated hot water. By installing heat pumps at schools, clinics and community care centres, it is estimated that on average the water bill could be reduced by 30%. At most of these sites the impact made is not only by reducing energy bills through the installation of heat pumps, but also providing the basic need of hot water on tap.
Opening a hot water tap to have a bath, or fill a basin for washing our dishes is very much part of most people’s everyday lives and something taken for granted as being “just there”. While most of us take this for granted, it is not until so long ago that most communities in townships and rural areas had access to hot tap water. In these communities hot water is still made in fire-top or stove-top pots. This is unsafe with a high risk of scalding, and is also a very inefficient way of generating hot water due to its high energy consuming process. Through gradual intervention of housing programs and new technologies, this has improved although there still remains room to improve the situation.
Over the last eight years M-Tech Industrial has been, amongst others, a pre-eminent supplier of energy efficient hot water systems to the platinum, gold and coal mining sectors as well as the medical and hospitality industry. Today M-Tech’s technology solution supplies hot water to ±130,000 mine workers or worker family members. For corporate social investment purposes, the installation of energy efficient hot water systems at a care facility or school is a great investment, making a long lasting impact with sustainable improvement in people’s lives.
“M-Tech through its social development department is mostly excited to be part of the solution when it comes to supplying hot water solutions to disadvantaged communities. Today, we chose to launch this programme at Mafenya as a symbol of our commitment to ensuring that our youth in schools are at the forefront of benefiting through programmes of this nature. Mafenya is a school strategically positioned to also supply nearby centres like the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children’s facility. This will extend the reach and impact of this one project.” - Willie Landman, CEO of M-Tech Industrial.
At a similar project done in 2013 in the Rustenburg Platinum belt, the installation of heat pumps at a care facility for abused women and children reduced their electrical bill by 30%, funds that are now available every month for the foreseeable future for the primary purposes of the care facility. The success of these projects is due to the collaborative approach between M-Tech, the community representatives and the provincial government departments.
Given this success other projects were borne, focusing in other areas of social development as outlined below:
Sustenance projects – providing meals to children, mostly orphans, in need of nutritional assistance.
Robega – providing afternoon meals to ± 55 children.
Rasimone - providing afternoon meals to ± 40 children.
Chaneng - providing afternoon meals to ± 65 children.
Mafenya Primary School – similar to above, a sustenance project facility is situated at the school, providing breakfast and lunch to orphaned school kids.
Care Centre for HIV/Aids affected persons – The care centre houses HIV/Aids affected individuals.
M-Tech Industrial is proud to have been able to contribute to the above projects.
M-Tech has provided financial assistance to a number of projects as part of its assistance to NGOs in the Potchefstroom, Rustenburg and Phokeng areas. Herewith a short description of the different projects:
Experiential Learning Program
The Experiential Learning Program (ELP) is M-Tech’s flagship of practical workplace experience opportunities, and has been running since 2014. This program aims to integrate and bridge the gap between the theoretical knowledge obtained by attending TVET institutions and how this knowledge is being applied in the workplace.
Mosaic SA - HIV/AIDS has left its own wake of destruction in the social fabric of the North West province, but thankfully organisations like Mosaic have become part of the solution. Mosaic identifies families in Ikageng and Potchefstroom with two or more orphans in foster care/adoption situations. They build a proper house for them which they are able to rent at a minimal cost. They provide skills training and create job opportunities for parents, thus creating a sustainable income. They also provide after-school care facilities and activities for the children. This combined model of empowerment enables community members to take care of these orphans in a self-sustainable and viable way. Along with ten foster homes, Mosaic runs a pre-school providing free high-quality early childhood education to over 120 HIV infected or affected children. Mosaic's business ventures currently also provide jobs for 38 people in various areas of income generation.
Tshwaraganang Phokeng Prayer Woman Organisation - The organisation was established on 5 May 1985 by a group of prayer women from different churches around Phokeng. The aim is to bring together women for the purpose of supporting disadvantaged communities that they live with.
Baakanyang Bagodi Service Club - Baakanyang Bagodi was established on 11 March 2008 by a group of older persons after realizing that most of them are neglected and not cared for by their families. The main purpose of the organisation is to provide care and support to older persons through elderly care programmes that include amongst others singing, exercises and knitting to provide care and support.
Bana-Ba-Kgotso Organisation - Bana-Ba-Kgotso (BBKO) is a registered non-profit organisation established by Mrs. Cathrine Komane in 1997. Primarily, BBKO came about as a result of the escalating reported cases of orphans, poverty and unemployment in both Tantanana and Mamerotse Communities. At some stage, BBKO was forced to continually change its approach of how it tackles such predicaments, and BBKO today isan accredited service provider for the Services SETA. They take a lot of pride in educating and training their respective communities in order to meet their needs and challenges.
Itireleng Poultry Agricultural Co-operative Limited - Itireleng Poultry Agricultural Co-operative Limited was founded in 2008 in Luka Village, Bafokeng Region, Bojanala District, and Rustenburg, North West Province by black women that were previously disadvantaged that are working very hard to become leading producers. Itireleng Poultry Agricultural Co-operative Limited is an existing business dedicated to the production of healthy chickens, eggs and vegetables.
Grace Care Centre Mooinooi - Grace Care Centre is a place of safety for abused woman and children from the community of Mooinooi and its surrounding informal settlements. The centre was established to assist victims of abuse in providing a shelter away from the brutal surroundings they find themselves in. The vision of this centre is to ultimately re-integrate victims of abuse into society as fully functioning individuals by providing them with direct counselling, shelter and support. M-Tech Industrial, in collaboration with our enterprise development entity Enerflow Installations, supplied and installed heat pumps at the majority of hot water facilities at the centre, thereby substantially reducing the electrical bill of the centre.