Cape Town, South Africa.
PetroSA volunteers donate time and energy to upgrading local park
PetroSA’s Employee Volunteer Programme helps Khayelitsha residents
In April 2013, 15 PetroSA employees headed to Khayelitsha to help improve and upgrade the Father Curran Park as part of the company’s Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP). The EVP aims to encourage employees to volunteer their services and/or resources as part of PetroSA’s continuing efforts to improve socio-economic conditions among our communities. Employee community involvement is a key aspect of corporate social responsibility, and employee volunteering day activities are designed to deliver social and business benefits. In Cape Town, the EVP focuses on the environment and sustainability, and this is why the Community Affairs Department, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, chose to upgrade the Father Curran Park.
“Conserving and upgrading open spaces is not only vital to the natural environment’s sustainability, but it also provides our children with safe places to play,” says Zakithi Zama, PetroSA Community Affairs Manager. “This is why PetroSA consulted the City of Cape Town to identify a park in need, where our local employees could participate in activities such as planting trees and flowers and painting the park bollards.” The City of Cape Town was the primary mover behind this this initiative. Magadi Investments (Pty) Ltd was contracted to install the park furniture, lay the lawn, install rubber matting and fix the park bollards and pipes. As beneficiaries of the upgrade, community members and the area’s ward councillor were also involved. The initiative has had a major impact on the local community. The park has been transformed into a greener, safer space for kids to play and for residents to enjoy a quality recreational space. What’s more, the initiative also created employment after one young man in the neighbourhood was hired to take care of the park. In the 2012/13 financial year, the Community Affairs Department facilitated four EVPs, two in Cape Town and two in Mossel Bay.
The two projects in Mossel Bay benefited the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Child Welfare Centre, including its crèche and shelter. The second project was held on Madiba Day, when local PetroSA employees helped renovate the Illingelihle Centre for the Aged as part of a South Coast Gas LED project. The first Cape Town project took place at Strand, where a volunteer group picked up all the waste on the beach to make it a cleaner environment for people to enjoy. A second group of volunteers developed a food garden at the Haven Night Shelter in Kraaifontein, planting vegetables to supplement the nutritious meals that shelter residents need.