CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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In keeping with the philosophy of accountability behind the RandPure™ name , both OROAFRICA and Rand Refinery are proud to be involved with corporate social responsibility programmes that extend this ethical way of thinking further into the community. From nature conservation to education, skills development to health programmes, OROAFRICA and Rand Refinery are seeking to impact not just the jewellery industry, but society as a whole.

Each piece in the absolute™ Jewellery Collection is part of this commitment to social upliftment – mined from deep within the African earth, crafted to benefit those living on African soil. In this way, every purchase made from the absolute™ Jewellery Collection is an investment not only in the future of two happy people, but in the future of hundreds of people whose lives will be made better as a result.

CURRENT SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAMMES INCLUDE

1. EDUCATION

Joint Aid Management (JAM)
JAM South Africa gives communities the opportunity to become self-sufficient through the implementation of a community development assistance programme. JAM SA currently feeds more than 26 000 children across 600 pre-schools in informal settlements (Gauteng, KZN and the Eastern Cape), and is also involved in upgrading infrastructure development through a ‘makeover’ programme at child care centres.

Rand Refinery will be joining JAM in a makeover of the Young Teddies Day Care Centre in Orange Farm, giving staff a unique opportunity to actively engage with and participate in transforming the lives of underprivileged children in the community. Young Teddies will have its classrooms upgraded and painted, and will be fitted with the necessary equipment to help its 101 children concentrate on their studies, and help its 6 teachers provide the learners with the best education possible.

Helping these communities is less about charity and more about giving young children the solid foundation they need to be prepared for Grade R when they leave pre-school. Child care centres play a pivotal role in the social upliftment of our communities, caring for our children, giving them the early development they need, and fostering in them the ability to become citizens who will contribute to the future economic fabric of our society.

2. SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The Gold Zone

aIntsika Skills Beneficiation Project
Housed in the Gold Zone, the Intsika Project provides jewellery design and manufacturing training to formerly unemployed young black women over an 18-month period. In order to support this initiative, Rand Refinery supplies precious metals to Intsika for the purposes of this training. Accredited by the South African Mining Qualifications Authority, Intsika’s focus is on meeting skills needs in jewellery manufacturing. All basic training is done in partnership with jewellery manufacturers, ensuring that students are offered employment once their training is completed.

bIntsika Skills Beneficiation Project
Housed in the Gold Zone, the Intsika Project provides jewellery design and manufacturing training to formerly unemployed young black women over an 18-month period. In order to support this initiative, Rand Refinery supplies precious metals to Intsika for the purposes of this training. Accredited by the South African Mining Qualifications Authority, Intsika’s focus is on meeting skills needs in jewellery manufacturing. All basic training is done in partnership with jewellery manufacturers, ensuring that students are offered employment once their training is completed.

cThuthuka Jewellery Development Programme
The Thuthuka Jewellery Development Programme is a mentoring initiative, aimed at accelerating design skills and production in community jewellery schools. A hugely successful programme, it has received wide acclaim in the media, and amongst members of the jewellery fraternity.  In addition, Thuthuka is also linked to the Tertiary Jewellery Design department (UJ and DUT) whose students receive mentoring and entry into a jewellery competition that serves as motivation and inspiration for those eager to succeed in the jewellery design field. Rand Refinery supports the Thuthuka programme by donating silver to the competition – a huge enhancement to the contestants’ pieces, and a symbol of the value Rand Refinery places on this worthy initiative.

3. HEALTHCARE

Cansa Sprayathon
The CANSA Shavathon is one of South Africa’s best-loved charity drives, and goes a long way towards supporting those affected by cancer. As a show of solidarity for this worthy cause, Rand Refinery held a Sprayathon, encouraging all employees to make a small donation and have their hair sprayed in the name of fun. Thanks to the eager participation of Rand Refinery’s employees, a total of R3 600 was raised, which was then matched by the company for a total donation of R8 000.