Volkswagen for good is about people. People are at the heart of everything we do, and as the maker of people’s cars, we are committed to making a sustainable difference by helping to build the lives of South Africans. Our practical approach to Corporate Social Investment is based on sustainability and self-sufficiency. Our vision is to see our communities become independent and take control of their futures.
Young South Africans need opportunities and mentorship to empower themselves and grow our economy in an innovative way. Young women in particular, have huge potential to change Africa. That’s why we’re proud to support the Lionesses of Africa. It’s a social enterprise organisation that empowers women entrepreneurs by giving them the training and tools they need to take on the business world and prosper. Operating across 54 countries, Lionesses of Africa builds and delivers a wide range of the right tools like entrepreneurial development, mentoring programmes and many more.
Now with over 750 000 female entrepreneurs in the network, their impact has been vast; both on an individual level by helping launch and sustain start-ups as well as in the wider economies. Many of the business ideas are also focused on socio-economic needs and solving big problems. Life is a daily battle for women entrepreneurs and Volkswagen is proud to play its part in supporting this remarkable organisation that’s already on target to reach its goal of helping 1 MILLION women entrepreneurs across Africa. With support from communities and the corporate sector, the Lionesses and Africa can go further, together.To read more about Lionesses of Africa, visit their website: www.lionessesofafrica.com
Blue Bike Project
As the maker of people’s cars we, at Volkswagen, believe that people should be at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we’re committed to making a sustainable difference by investing in communities. In rural South Africa, many people have no access to transport – making basic services much more difficult to get to. With education being the foundation for the future, a child’s learning should not be hindered by their lack of mobility.
Volkswagen for Good has partnered with Qhubeka and World Vision as part of the Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme (BEEP) to provide 1,100 bicycles to 20 rural schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Distance no longer needs to be a barrier to education. With each child gaining mobility, school attendance increases allowing the children to focus on their education. Every child deserves the very best chance at a better future. All it takes is one bicycle to make a big change.
Our youth development programmes are aimed at empowering young people and equipping them with the necessary skills so they can help themselves. 79% of our CSI focus is aimed towards the education and development of our youth.
At Volkswagen, we care about developing the talents of our youth and offering them opportunities to achieve greatness. After all, they are the future of this country and the world. That’s why Volkswagen South Africa is playing its part in this fantastic youth-development initiative. The tournament started back in 1999 in Germany, the home of Volkswagen. Today, it’s one of the biggest youth football competitions in the world.
KwaNobuhle loveLife Y-Centre
This recreational youth centre was built from scratch with an investment of R20m from VWAG. The centre offers youth programmes that empower and inspire positive lifestyles. The aim of the centre is to give the young people of KwaNobuhle and the Uitenhage area a safe haven where they can play organised sport and interact with their peers and adults. The centre focuses on developing long term supportive relationships through:
The Soccer Fun Bus
This programme uses the power of organised sport to improve education, raise health awareness and build life-skills. Since its launch in 2010, it has helped to provide sporting equipment and facilities to schools, coaches learners in various areas and offer teachers a coaching programme. The project is part of a programme called A Chance To Play which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and youth by linking opportunities for play and sports with learning and training programmes focusing on life skills. We provide Crafters that transports learners to and from school to various sports or cultural activities.
Early Childhood Development Ikhwezi Lomso
The Ikhwezi Lomso school was built by VWSA with generous donations from the workers, who contributed the equivalent of one hour’s wages per month to the project. The school is situated in the heart of Kabah, a poverty-stricken township where residents face economic hardships on a daily basis. Run by a partnership between the Volkswagen Community Trust, “1Hour for the future” contributions and the local municipality, the school follows a Montessori curriculum and trains unemployed graduates as Montessori teachers.
Children of VW Bursary Fund
The Children of VW Bursary Fund was launched in 2012 and provides full bursaries for the children of Volkswagen shop floor workers who show academic potential. The bursary selects talented learners in Maths & Physical Science and places them in well-resourced schools where they are mentored and nurtured in order to excel in their studies. The bursaries provide full financial, academic & any other support necessary to succeed in school. 34 Students have been funded since inception with a total investment of R7.5m.
VW Legacy Literacy Programme
The Legacy literacy Programme was launched three years ago with a goal to ensure that all learners in Uitenhage are able to read with understanding by the age of ten. It is a comprehensive and holistic programme which focuses on the three main building blocks of an effective literacy programme (learners, teachers, parents, parents & caregivers). Together with its partners, Edupeg, Shine Literacy and Nal’iBali, the VW Community Trust developed and implemented a literacy programme which aims to improve the literacy levels in 5 primary schools in Uitenhage.
To support the most vulnerable sectors of society, the VW Community Trust has partnered NGOs who care for:
Our Corporate Social Investment strategic imperative is to impact South Africa through various social, economic development, and environmental initiatives. Volkswagen South Africa employees share our hope for a brighter future and are actively involved in giving time and money towards the development of our communities.
VW encourages and facilitate this by equipping employees with resources and a wide spectrum of opportunities from giving money, skills transfer through mentorship to being actively involved in improvements of facilities of various beneficiaries. We do this through:
The VWSA Employee programme recently won the Beyond Painting Classroom Award - Partnering for Change category.
The Beyond Painting Classroom Employee Volunteer Programme awards recognise and celebrate inspiring examples of employee volunteering that go beyond traditional approaches to employee volunteering.
Show Of Hands
The Mentorship Programme is a partnership with the Alexandra Education Committee (AEC) which was launched in 2010 in a quest to get involved in programmes that promote and improve the quality of education in South Africa.
Volkswagen employees volunteer to mentor learners from Alexandra, who recipients of AEC bursary at secondary school level.
The AEC programme selects best performing learners from Alexandra Primary Schools, provides them with a full academic bursary and place them in well-resourced high schools outside Alexandra where they are exposed to a higher standard of education and a more stable social environment.
The programme currently has 24 active mentors and 25 mentees.
One Hour for the Future
One Hour for the Future’ is a Volkswagen Group global programme where employees contribute an hour of their monthly salary towards CSI projects.
Donations from this fund directly contribute to the Volkswagen Community Trust which serves sustainable community development projects in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan. Ikhwezi Lomso a preschool in KwaLanga Uitenhage, one of the more impoverished areas in town, was built from scratch with the contributions from this fund. A further R1.2m goes towards the running costs of the school annually.