SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT

SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT

Overview

Supplier development directly affects the Group’s overall profitability and improves the total added value from the supplier. We are therefore continuously interested in making significant investments in business development, market opportunities, equipment, manpower and/or other financing needs that directly benefit our supply chain.

PEM Finishing – 2017

Established in 2006, PEM Finishing is the brainchild of Patrick Avontuur and Ernest Maasdorp, who wanted to become financially independent and to provide employment for those from previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa. PEM Finishing’s core business includes the insertion and bagging of magazines, as well as the placement of specific paged inserts or samples. Their vision is to become the best mail house, within the domain in which they operate, through their continued insertion of value-added promotional printed products for Paarl Media Cape, Novus Holding’s flagship printing plant.
In 2017, Novus Holdings made significant financial contributions to PEM Finishing through the rental space they occupy at one of the Group’s plants and through short-payment terms.

Rodco Finishing – 2017

Established in June 2012, Rodco Finishing’s vision was and is still to become the preferred supplier of hand-finishing services to Novus Holdings, while simultaneously creating employment and empowering staff with development opportunities. Their scope of works includes the delivery of all handwork for magazines and commercial print jobs (from insertions to tip-ins) while providing a professional service that is managed by a dynamic team.
During 2017, Novus Holdings made significant financial contributions to Rodco Finishing through the rental space they occupy at one of the Group’s plants and through short-payment terms.

Van’s Bookbinders – 2017

Based in Epping Industria, Van’s Bookbinders is a 100% black-owned bookbinding and print-finishing company that was originally established in 2001. Owner Ivan van Oudtshoorn, who was a Nasionale Pers employee in 1975, was given the opportunity to start his own hand-binding division at Paarl Print in 2000. Van’s Bookbinders, which completes all its binding jobs by hand, started purchasing second-hand machinery from other factories.
In 2017, the company was able to invest in a Kolbus hard-case bookbinding machine due to an interest-free loan from Novus Holdings. As a result of the Group’s investment, Van’s Bookbinders has seen an increased volume of work. Their vision is to become one of South Africa’s largest independently owned black-empowered bookbinders and to develop long-standing mutually beneficial client relationships, through the provision of the following high-quality services: thread-sewn books with soft covers, perfect binding, hard-case binding, luxury leather-bound books, the repair and restoration of old books, slipcases and boxes.

ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

OVERVIEW

Through this form of development, we assist relevant SMMEs that are not part of the Novus Holdings supply chain by providing financial investments and other solutions required for them to operate successfully. The end-goal is that in time, these beneficiaries then become valuable members of our Group’s supply chain.

Songo Africa – 2017

Two passionate young entrepreneurs, Nomcebo Nhlabathi and Sanele Sibandze, had the idea of opening a clothing and promotional gifts company in their home province of KwaZulu-Natal and so Songo Africa was born in 2004. The name is derived from the Nguni word “Songo” which means “adding flavour”, and the company has a vision that includes producing time-relevant and impactful promotional elements that build a strong brand presence for their clients. The company’s product line includes promotional gifts, promotional support elements, print production and design, as well as consumer market research.
In 2017, Novus Holdings’ contribution to Songo Africa was in the form of an interest-free loan to help stabilise their cash flow and expand their business.

Drinks Dispense Service (DDS) – 2017

A leading provider of draught beverage and fountain services, Drinks Dispense Services (DDS) was founded in 1995 when a Johannesburg division of SAB took the decision to outsource its Draught Beer Servicing Unit. This owner-managed business has grown over the years servicing in excess of 20 000 pubs, restaurants and retail outlets throughout Africa. While DDS is still based in Johannesburg, additional full-service and satellite offices can be found around the country and its footprint on the continent extends to branches in Botswana, Mozambique, and Malawi. The company offers specialist dispensing services and products, refrigeration, installation, sanitation and maintenance of fridge and draught-related equipment for a broad client base.
During 2017, Novus Holdings provided DDS with an interest-free loan, which has helped them to buy their own vehicles rather than leasing them out.

Inyosi Empowerment – 2017

Initially known as the Cadiz Enterprise Development Investment, Inyosi Empowerment was established following a rebrand and relaunch in 2016. It is a specialist fund that provides finance, in the form of loan capital at affordable interest rates, and ancillary support to black-owned businesses and beneficiaries which are required to have a minimum operational track record of between three and five years, be 51% black-owned and show an annual turnover of less than R50 million. Among Inyozi Empowerment’s other achievements is the fact that the fund has supported over 41 000 entrepreneurs since inception.

In 2017, Novus Holdings invested R3 million in Inyosi Empowerment, which in turn has helped the fund invest in the following SMMEs:

• Trust for Urban Housing Finance (TUHF) (Pty) Ltd
• Tedcor Management (Pty) Ltd
• SA Taxi Finance Solutions (Pty) Ltd
• Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) (NFP)
• Rand Trust Financiers (Pty) Ltd
• Darchem (Pty) Ltd
• The Clothing Bank (NFP)

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

OVERVIEW

Novus Holdings is committed to continuously invest in beneficiaries that positively contribute to transforming communities through relevant skills development programmes and initiatives.

Novus Academy – Ongoing

The Novus Academy has been instrumental in unlocking the potential of Novus Holdings’ employees as well as industry professionals from across the globe since 2011. With its sophisticated infrastructure that includes world-class software and technology, the Novus Academy works closely with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, NAMB (The National Artisan Moderation Body), SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) and Printing SA. It is endorsed by the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M SETA). Through its Apprenticeship programmes, the Academy offers successful applicants an opportunity to earn an income whilst working towards an internationally certified trade qualification.
In 2017, Novus Academy won the prestigious Gold award in the Best Artisan Development Programme (small to medium size enterprise) category at the National Skills Development Awards.

The Big Issue – Ongoing

The Big Issue is a registered non-profit social enterprise that provides employment to marginalised adults through its developmental job creation programme whereby these adults become vendors for the Big Issue magazine, receiving a percentage of the sale price of each copy.
Novus Holdings and the Big Issue have a strategic relationship spanning over 18 years, whereby our flagship printing plant, Paarl Media Cape, covers the printing and binding costs of the Big Issue magazine on a monthly basis. This monthly support allows the publication to grow in content provision and number of supported vendors.

National Teaching Awards – Ongoing

Launched in 2000, the National Teaching Awards acknowledges the extraordinary efforts made by teachers often achieved under extremely difficult conditions and in service to children from underprivileged families and economically depressed communities. The awards aim to focus on the positive aspects of education and raise awareness of the importance the teaching profession has on nation-building. In recognising that teachers are the key component in moulding, guiding and developing our children into becoming successful and productive members of our society, we have been sponsoring the National Teaching Awards since 2013, investing an amount of more than R2 million to date.

National Recycling Day: Oasis Recycling – 2017

For more than two decades now, the Oasis Association has created sustainable employment for intellectually disabled men, women and children, who are ordinarily side-lined and excluded from mainstream society, through its recycling project called Oasis Recycling. Oasis Recycling processes over 160 tons of recyclable waste a month and is a significant contributor towards recycling in the Cape Metropole. It provides professional recycling solutions to hundreds of companies and offers a drop-off centre for domestic recycling services. In honour of National Recycling Day celebrated on 16 September 2017, we donated R15 000 to Oasis Recycling.

Lebone Village – 2017

This faith-based, non-profit organisation, situated just outside Bloemfontein in the Free State, is dedicated to bringing hope, dignity and support by providing holistic care to all vulnerable children, youth, their families and people affected by poverty. In November 2017, we donated toilet paper products to the value of over R23 000 to Lebone Village.

The Principals Academy – 2016

The Principals Academy Trust, a Section 18(a) Trust, seeks to turn public schools serving socio-economically disadvantaged communities into ‘Centres of Excellence’ for education by focusing on improving school leadership and teaching. Understanding that teachers are vital in driving and advancing education, especially maths in South Africa, we donated R100 000 to the Principals Academy Trust to help fund the running of the Academy’s Subject Intervention workshops.

Wildlands Conservation Trust – 2016

As a conservation and employment initiative, Wildlands Conservation Trust aims to empower its beneficiaries by educating them to conserve their natural environment and heritage and to feed, clothe, educate and house themselves by growing and trading trees and collecting waste. Operating seven programmes across 12 communities in six provinces, the Trust promotes well-being and sustainability.
Our donation of R100 000 went a long way to assist in furthering the education in these communities.

Enhancing Education Projects

Enhancing Education Projects

Mobile Libraries – Phumelela Primary School 2017
Mandela Day 2016
Do and Learn 2016
Knysna Rotary – Sivuyele School for the Deaf 2016
NorthWay Primary School 2016
1000 Libraries Campaign 2016
The Emagqabini Academy 2015
94+ Schools Project 2012

With the recent results showing that South Africa ranked 138 out of 140 countries in a quality of education survey, Novus Holdings recognised that improving education in South Africa is a key concern. We are deeply invested in providing education solutions that will shape the future leaders of our country and build for a better tomorrow.

Grow Smart – 2017

Novus Holdings partnered with Growthpoint Properties for this year’s Storybook and Newspaper competition. These endeavours, supported by the Western Cape Education Department are aimed at improving primary school education levels.
We contributed R65, 990 in print sponsorship for the two competitions which are aimed at pupils in Grades 4 – 6.

Mobile Libraries – Phumelela Primary School – 2017

We donated seven mobile libraries to Phumelela Primary School situated in Kwa Mashu, Kwa ZuluNatal. These innovative mobile libraries can be wheeled from one classroom to another which makes it easily accessible to all learners. The learners at Phumelela Primary come from communities which do not have access to a library and it is shown that access to libraries improves learners’ performance and increases their chances of success.

Mandela Day 2016

To honour the exceptional life of the late Nelson Mandela who dedicated 67 years to changing the lives of all South Africans, on Monday 18 July we volunteered 67-minutes of our time to the Marconi Beam Primary School.
Established in 2004, Marconi Beam Primary is currently responsible for the education of 1 568 learners, most of whom are from the Joe Slovo informal settlement. Situated less than a kilometre away from our Montague Gardens offices and facilities, our involvement was focused on contributing the following:

• Painting classrooms and an existing jungle gym
• Cleaning the school grounds by removing litter and rubble, thus ensuring that their break-time areas were safe and clean
• Installing a new jungle gym
• Providing the Grade R classes with educational essentials such as filled pencil cases, magazines and paper reel ends that can be used for child development in creativity and expression.
• Donating sporting equipment for the learners, such as soccer balls and bibs for two teams, netball bibs, poles with nets and balls for two teams,
• Training cones and whistles for physical education activities.

This corporate sponsorship directly aligns with our Future Foundations Initiative, which aims to build strong foundations for future growth by focusing on improving education and empowering learners, developing the skills of our local workforce and engaging with our immediate community.

Contact:

E.A. Plaatjies-resha
021 555 1764

Do and Learn – 2016

We assisted the Do and Learn program, at Belhar Primary School, by supplying learning materials. We made a financial aid contribution to the value of R 21,700, which allowed the school to buy a total of 210 books, 140 flashcards and 70 A3 clear bags.
This program’s main objective is to offer learners the chance to improve their literacy skills, focusing especially on Grade R students, and the result of the sponsorship meant that at the end of the year there was a significant difference in the learners’ language results.
The school was one of ten schools randomly selected by the Metropole North Education District for Literacy Pre- and Post-Testing. At both the Pre- and Post-testing the selected learners were unanimously praised for their literacy abilities. This testing was done by an independent company and was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Contact:

Do and Learn Office
021 975 1722

Knysna Rotary – Sivuyele School for the Deaf – 2016

Water access is vital for students’ health and their ability to learn, and so when heard that Sivuyele School for the Deaf had no water supply, we felt we had to assist with financial aid to remedy this situation in order to ensure that the school had all the running water it needed.

Contact:

AndileTafeni
083 513 8411.

NorthWay Primary School – 2016

Northway Primary School is situated in Ravensmead, in the Western Cape. The school specialises in Maths, Science and Technology.
When the school mentioned that they required financial aid for their arts and culture projects and to assist learners with job shadowing opportunities, all projects that directly align to our belief of giving a hand-up and not a handout, we decided to pitch in and donate a much needed R5 000.

Contact:

D.A Ockhuis
021 931 3307

1000 Libraries Campaign – 2015

Launched in 2015 by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, the 1000 Libraries Campaign opened a new library at Uvuyo Primary School in Mofolo North in Soweto. In line with our ethos that education is fundamental to the growth and development of both individuals and South Africa as a whole, the Future Foundations Initiative donated R6, 700 towards the library that year. Last year, to coincide with Mandela Month, we donated a further R6, 700 towards the library.
In 2016 we also we donated R6700 four other schools to go towards their libraries. The schools were Iphahamiseng Primary School in Gauteng, Vredefort Primary School in the Free State, Laerskool Malelane in Mpumalanga, and Rampine Primary School in the North West Province.

The Emagqabini Academy – 2015

Founded by husband and wife team Cindy Mkaza and Linda Siboto, the Emagqabini Education Academy was established to provide support for children struggling with homework. It was started because of one of the founders’ personal experience within our education system – Cindy watched her younger sister receive poor marks at school because of the lack of assistance with her homework.
The Academy offers basic Maths and English classes every Saturday at the Site B library in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape, for grade 8-10 learners. The tutors, many of whom are teachers and other community members, all volunteer to provide these extra classes.
The support provided by the Future Foundations Initiative began in 2014 when we donated two laptops, a projector and basic stationary for the learners. A further donation was also made to contribute towards providing an internet connection and transport both for tutors and pupils
Our continued support in its second year meant that the Emagqabini Education Academy could enroll 60 students who were provided with branded clothing for learners and tutors, as well as notes and workbooks printed by Novus Holdings. Following a feature in our internal newspaper, People Inc, one of our own employees, LukhanyoGunundu, offered his services as a Maths tutor.

Contact:

Cindy Mkaza-Siboto: cindy@emagqabini-edu.org
Linda Siboto: l.siboto@gmail.com
Tel: 0218236981

94+ Schools Project – 2012

The 94+ Schools Project for Madiba began as a celebration of our former president, Nelson Mandela, to honour his legacy and to pay tribute to his views on education:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
By providing financial aid that is aimed at improving the infrastructure of more than 94 schools across South Africa, this project gives hope and dignity to the learners attending these schools.
As one of our CSI projects, Novus Holdings chose Clarkebury Senior Secondary School because of its association with the projects inspiration, Madiba.
Clarkebury Senior Secondary School – Boasting Nelson Mandela as a former student, it seemed only fitting that Clarkeburyis on the list of education institutions to receive corporate sponsorship from the Future Foundations Initiative. The Eastern Cape school, near Ngcobo, first received assistance from the Foundations Initiative in 2012 when a multi-purpose sports court was erected. Despite challenges such as the excavation of 470 tons of rock and lack of tarred roads which hampered access at times, the project was a huge success.
At the official handover ceremony which was held in conjunction with the Department of Education and attended by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, sporting equipment including bibs, soccer balls, whistles and basketballs were also given to the school.
Learners from the school and the community as a whole have benefited from this facility, and the school’s pass rate increased from 74.6% in 2012 to 85.9% in 2013.

Skills Development Projects

Skills Development Projects

Novus Academy 2011 (ongoing)
The Big Issue – Ongoing
National Teachers Awards 2017
Principals Academy 2016
Wildlands Conservation Trust 2016

Novus Academy – 2011 (Ongoing)

The combination of our passion for the print industry and the obvious shortage of specialised skills in the marketplace prompted us to establish the Novus Academy in 2011. We seek to unlock the potential of industry professionals from across the globe, by offering world-class print training and educationprograms that are accredited by SETA and the City & Guilds of London Institute.

The Academy provides our employees with the opportunity to learn, grow and excel at their jobs through the delivery of technical, life skills, management, leadership, IT and systems, as well as a host of other courses and apprenticeship programs that allow employees to “earn while you learn,” all the while working toward internationally certified qualifications.

Technical training is offered as fulltimeapprenticeship programs, fulltime training or part time training.

For more information about a Novusapprenticeshipcall us on +27 21 870 3800 or send us an email. Follow the Novus Academy on Facebook.

Principals Academy – 2016

The Principals Academy Trust, a Section 18(a) Trust, seeks to turn public schools serving socio-economically disadvantaged communities into “Centres of Excellence” for education by focusing on improving school leadership and teaching.
Understanding that teachers are vital in driving and advancing education, especially maths in South Africa, Novus Holdings has donated R100 000 of financial aid to the Principals Academy Trust which will be used to fund the running of the Subject Intervention workshops.

Contact:

Joanne
021 286 0009

Wildlands Conservation Trust – 2016

A conservation and employment initiative, Wildlands Conservation Trust aims to empower its beneficiaries by educating them to conserve their natural environment and heritage and to feed, clothe, educate and house themselves by growing and trading trees and collecting waste.
Operating seven programs across 12 communities in six provinces, the Trust promotes wellbeing and sustainability.
Our donation of R100, 000 in financial aid will go a long way to furthering the education in these communities.

The Big Issue – Ongoing

Novus Holdings and The Big Issue have worked together for the last 18 years providing empowerment to the unemployed. A socially responsible non profit enterprise, The Big Issue provides employment to marginalised adults through its job creation program whereby these adults become vendors for the magazine, receiving a percentage of the sale price of each copy.
As our financial aid contribution Novus Holdings covers the costs of printing and binding for each monthly issue.

National Teachers Awards – 2017

As part of our commitment to striving for excellence in education, Novus Holdings, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, is a proud sponsor of the National Teachers Awards.
We recognise that teachers are the key component in molding, guiding and developing our children into becoming successful and productive members of our society, and as such we support the 2017 DBE National Teaching Awards with a corporate sponsorship of R400 000.

ENHANCING EDUCATION

ENHANCING EDUCATION

OVERVIEW

Novus Holdings recognised that improving education in South Africa is a key concern. We are deeply invested in providing education solutions that will shape the future leaders of our country and build for a better tomorrow.

Paarl Media Bursary Trust Fund – Ongoing

The Paarl Media Bursary Fund Trust annually supports promising school-leavers who require financial assistance to study in the field of their choice. The Trust was started by the Retief family in the Western Cape with an initial investment sum of R10 million. Novus Holdings supports the Trust by providing resources to facilitate and manage the administration and processing of the bursaries each year.
Since its inception in 2008, the Trust has awarded more than 100 bursaries to the value of over R2.1 million.

Read to Lead: Mobile Libraries – Ongoing

Novus Holdings partnered with the New Africa Education Foundation (NAEF) with the introduction of an innovative mobile library solution and has since been making great strides towards improving literacy in less privileged communities. Since 2017, we have been sponsoring schools across the country with mobile libraries which can be wheeled from one classroom to another, making them easily accessible to all learners.
We have facilitated a financial investment of more than R713 000 towards the donation of mobile libraries to schools across KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.
These schools include:

• Phumelela Primary School situated in Kwa Mashu (KwaZulu-Natal) – seven mobile libraries
• Nyiko Primary school in Tembisa township (Gauteng) – eight mobile libraries
• Soneike High School in Kuilsriver (Western Cape) – three mobile libraries
• Bonteheuwel High School in Bonteheuwel, Athlone (Western Cape) – five mobile libraries
• Kama Primary School in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) – seven mobile libraries

Isithebe Day Care Centre – Ongoing

The Isithebe Day Care Centre, situated at the ITB Plastics Manufacturing factory in Kwa-Zulu Natal, opened its doors in April 2007 with the aim to provide a day care facility and school readiness class for children in the Isithebe area and surrounds. The children’s parents or guardians either work for ITB Plastics Manufacturing or other factories in Isithebe. The centre currently accommodates 65 to 70 children each school year. With a staff complement of five, the centre provides two meals and two snacks per day to ensure all children are well nourished.

GrowSmart – Ongoing

In 2009, Growthpoint Properties made a corporate social investment in education through the creation of GrowSmart, an educational programme that supports the Western Cape Education Department in helping to improve literacy, maths, science and writing levels in primary schools.
In 2016, we sponsored the printing of the GrowSmart Competition Writing book which is aimed at learners in Grades 4 to 6. This sponsorship continued further in 2017 and 2018. In addition, we continued to also sponsor the printing of the GrowSmart Newspaper. The financial contribution of the sponsorship amounts to over R180 000 to date.

Boland School for Autism – 2018

The Boland School for Autism was established in September 2009 when a few parents and professionals got together and saw the need to open a school for autism in the Boland area in the Western Cape, catering for the autism community surrounding Paarl and Stellenbosch. The school provides children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to learn and grow within a social environment along with their peers – providing an environment that respects every child’s uniqueness and promotes learning and development. In 2018, Paarl Labels made a financial donation of R35 000 to the school.

Open Door Community Foundation – 2018

The aim of the Open Door Community Foundation is to empower the youth from economically deprived areas. The voluntary community-based organisation situated in Mowbray, Cape Town has made a strong commitment to build and develop initiatives to engage young people in positive dialogue to contribute and become integrated within the community. In 2018, a financial donation of R15 000 was made to the foundation as part of Novus Holdings’2018 National Teaching Awards sponsorship.

EduWeek – 2017

As the largest and most recognised future-focused education event in sub-Saharan Africa, Eduweek showcases the latest product and service innovations within the education sector. It annually provides a live platform for educationists to deliberate on current developments and trends, as well as critical issues facing education. Forming part of this powerful event is the EduWeek Awards which recognises excellence across the African education ecosystem.
In 2017, we sponsored all the printing collateral to the value of over R50 000 for the 2017 EduWeek Awards and facilitated the handover of the coveted NGO of the year award focusing on Early Childhood Development. In 2016, we sponsored two award categories, namely Supplier of the Year (won by One-on-One Community Based Programmes) and NGO of the Year (won by BrainBoosters). In addition to winning the awards, both organisations received a cash donation of R10 000 to encourage them to continue providing their much-needed services to their communities.

Mandela Day: Read to Rise – 2017

As a non-profit organisation, Read to Rise is committed to promoting youth literacy in schools in South Africa’s under-resourced communities. As its name indicates, the organisation believes that children need to read in order to rise in their personal development and contribution to society. The organisation currently supports learners in Mitchells Plain (Western Cape) and Soweto (Gauteng) through a three-component programme which includes a book ownership programme, mini-libraries and class visits.
In July 2017, in honour of Nelson Mandela Day, our employees volunteered their time to cover Read to Rise reading books, valued at R12 000, in plastic. The books were then donated to Grade 2 and 3 learners across 45 schools in the Mitchells Plain area. We also made a financial contribution to the organisation to the value of R12 000.

Tumelo Primary School- 2017

Situated in Soweto, the school has been operating since 1956 and is severely under-developed in terms of infrastructure. In November 2017, Paarl Coldset Johannesburg provided financial support of R50 000 to assist in the rejuvenation of the school’s grounds.

Do and Learn – 2017 and 2016

The non-profit company is dedicated to enabling South Africa’s children or any illiterate person to learn to read and write. The programme’s main objective is to offer learners the chance to improve their literacy skills, focusing especially on Grade R students. During November 2017, we supplied learning material packs, valued at more than R24 000, respectively to Uitsig Primary and Belhar Primary through the Do and Learn programme. In 2016, we also supplied learning material to the value of R21 700 to Belhar Primary School as part of the programme.

Mandela Day: Marconi Beam Primary School – 2016

To honour the life of the late Nelson Mandela who dedicated 67 years to changing the lives of all South Africans, we volunteered 67-minutes of our time to the Marconi Beam Primary School in July 2016.
Established in 2004, Marconi Beam Primary is responsible for the education of over 1500 learners, most of whom are from the Joe Slovo informal settlement. Situated less than a kilometre away from our Montague Gardens offices and facilities, our involvement was focused on contributing the following:
• Painting classrooms and an existing jungle gym.
• Cleaning the school grounds by removing litter and rubble, thus ensuring that their break-time areas were safe and clean.
• Installing a new jungle gym.
• Providing the Grade R classes with educational essentials such as filled pencil cases, magazines and paper reel ends that can be used for child development in creativity and expression.
• Donating sporting equipment for the learners, such as soccer balls and bibs for two teams, netball bibs, poles with nets and balls for two teams.
• Training cones and whistles for physical education activities.

Knysna Rotary – Sivuyela School for the Deaf – 2016

Water access is vital for students’ health and their ability to learn, and so when we heard that the Sivuyele School for the Deaf had no water supply, we felt we had to assist with financial aid amounting to R11 000 to remedy this situation in order to ensure that the school had all the running water it needed.

1000 Libraries Campaign – 2015 and 2016

As part of the 1000 Libraries Campaign, a new library was opened at Uvuyo Primary School in Mofolo North in Soweto to which we donated R6 700. In honour of Mandela Month in July 2016, we donated a further R6 700 to the school, as well as individual donations of R6 700 to the following four schools: Iphahamiseng Primary School in Gauteng, Vredefort Primary School in the Free State, Laerskool Malelane in Mpumalanga, and Rampine Primary School in the North West Province.

The Emagqabini Academy– 2015 and 2014

Founded by husband and wife team Cindy Mkaza and Linda Siboto, the Emagqabini Education Academy was established to provide support for children struggling with homework. The Academy offers basic Maths and English classes every Saturday at the Site B library in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape, for grade 8-10 learners. The tutors, many of whom are teachers and other community members, all volunteer to provide these extra classes.
In 2014, we donated two laptops, a projector and basic stationary for the learners. A further donation was also made to contribute towards providing an internet connection and transport both for tutors and pupils
Our continued support in 2015 meant that the Emagqabini Education Academy could enroll 60 students who were provided with branded clothing for learners and tutors, as well as notes and workbooks printed by Novus Holdings. One of our own employees, Lukhanyo Gunundu, has offered his services as a Maths tutor.

94+ Schools Project – 2012

The 94+ Schools Project for Madiba began as a celebration of the late Nelson Mandela, to honour his legacy and to pay tribute to his views on education. By providing financial aid that is aimed at improving the infrastructure of more than 94 schools across South Africa, this project gives hope and dignity to the learners attending these schools. Boasting Nelson Mandela as a former student, it seemed only fitting for us to support the Clarkebury Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape with the provision of a multi-purpose sports court. At the official handover ceremony which was held in conjunction with the Department of Education, sporting equipment including bibs, soccer balls, whistles and basketballs were also given to the school. Learners from the school and the community as a whole have benefited from this facility, and the school’s pass rate increased from 74.6% in 2012 to 85.9% in 2013.

Community Engagement Projects

Community Engagement Projects

Human Rights Day 2017
World Water Day 2017
Shiloh Synergy 2017
New Dawn 2017
Call 2 Care: Food Gardens 2017
World Aids Day – Acres of Love 2016
Community Crisis Centre 2016
Die Eiland Huis 2016
Miqlat NPC 2016
The Rolemodels Foundation 2016
Ons Kinder Jeugsorgsentrum 2016
Come Back Mission 2016
Phoenix Child Welfare 2016

Overview

With the recent results showing that South Africa ranked 138 out of 140 countries in a quality of education survey, Novus Holdings recognised that improving education in South Africa is a key concern. We are deeply invested in providing education solutions that will shape the future leaders of our country and build for a better tomorrow.

Grow Smart – 2017

Novus Holdings partnered with Growthpoint Properties for this year’s Storybook and Newspaper competition. These endeavours, supported by the Western Cape Education Department are aimed at improving primary school education levels.
We contributed R65, 990 in print sponsorship for the two competitions which are aimed at pupils in Grades 4 – 6.

Mobile Libraries – Phumelela Primary School – 2017

We donated seven mobile libraries to Phumelela Primary School situated in Kwa Mashu, Kwa ZuluNatal. These innovative mobile libraries can be wheeled from one classroom to another which makes it easily accessible to all learners. The learners at Phumelela Primary come from communities which do not have access to a library and it is shown that access to libraries improves learners’ performance and increases their chances of success.

Mandela Day 2016

To honour the exceptional life of the late Nelson Mandela who dedicated 67 years to changing the lives of all South Africans, on Monday 18 July we volunteered 67-minutes of our time to the Marconi Beam Primary School.
Established in 2004, Marconi Beam Primary is currently responsible for the education of 1 568 learners, most of whom are from the Joe Slovo informal settlement. Situated less than a kilometre away from our Montague Gardens offices and facilities, our involvement was focused on contributing the following:

• Painting classrooms and an existing jungle gym
• Cleaning the school grounds by removing litter and rubble, thus ensuring that their break-time areas were safe and clean
• Installing a new jungle gym
• Providing the Grade R classes with educational essentials such as filled pencil cases, magazines and paper reel ends that can be used for child development in creativity and expression.
• Donating sporting equipment for the learners, such as soccer balls and bibs for two teams, netball bibs, poles with nets and balls for two teams,
• Training cones and whistles for physical education activities.

This corporate sponsorship directly aligns with our Future Foundations Initiative, which aims to build strong foundations for future growth by focusing on improving education and empowering learners, developing the skills of our local workforce and engaging with our immediate community.

Contact:

E.A. Plaatjies-resha
021 555 1764

Do and Learn – 2016

We assisted the Do and Learn program, at Belhar Primary School, by supplying learning materials. We made a financial aid contribution to the value of R 21,700, which allowed the school to buy a total of 210 books, 140 flashcards and 70 A3 clear bags.
This program’s main objective is to offer learners the chance to improve their literacy skills, focusing especially on Grade R students, and the result of the sponsorship meant that at the end of the year there was a significant difference in the learners’ language results.
The school was one of ten schools randomly selected by the Metropole North Education District for Literacy Pre- and Post-Testing. At both the Pre- and Post-testing the selected learners were unanimously praised for their literacy abilities. This testing was done by an independent company and was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Contact:

Do and Learn Office
021 975 1722

Knysna Rotary – Sivuyele School for the Deaf – 2016

Water access is vital for students’ health and their ability to learn, and so when heard that Sivuyele School for the Deaf had no water supply, we felt we had to assist with financial aid to remedy this situation in order to ensure that the school had all the running water it needed.

Contact:

AndileTafeni
083 513 8411.

NorthWay Primary School – 2016

Northway Primary School is situated in Ravensmead, in the Western Cape. The school specialises in Maths, Science and Technology.
When the school mentioned that they required financial aid for their arts and culture projects and to assist learners with job shadowing opportunities, all projects that directly align to our belief of giving a hand-up and not a handout, we decided to pitch in and donate a much needed R5 000.

Contact:

D.A Ockhuis
021 931 3307

1000 Libraries Campaign – 2015

Launched in 2015 by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, the 1000 Libraries Campaign opened a new library at Uvuyo Primary School in Mofolo North in Soweto. In line with our ethos that education is fundamental to the growth and development of both individuals and South Africa as a whole, the Future Foundations Initiative donated R6, 700 towards the library that year. Last year, to coincide with Mandela Month, we donated a further R6, 700 towards the library.
In 2016 we also we donated R6700 four other schools to go towards their libraries. The schools were Iphahamiseng Primary School in Gauteng, Vredefort Primary School in the Free State, Laerskool Malelane in Mpumalanga, and Rampine Primary School in the North West Province.

The Emagqabini Academy – 2015

Founded by husband and wife team Cindy Mkaza and Linda Siboto, the Emagqabini Education Academy was established to provide support for children struggling with homework. It was started because of one of the founders’ personal experience within our education system – Cindy watched her younger sister receive poor marks at school because of the lack of assistance with her homework.
The Academy offers basic Maths and English classes every Saturday at the Site B library in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape, for grade 8-10 learners. The tutors, many of whom are teachers and other community members, all volunteer to provide these extra classes.
The support provided by the Future Foundations Initiative began in 2014 when we donated two laptops, a projector and basic stationary for the learners. A further donation was also made to contribute towards providing an internet connection and transport both for tutors and pupils
Our continued support in its second year meant that the Emagqabini Education Academy could enroll 60 students who were provided with branded clothing for learners and tutors, as well as notes and workbooks printed by Novus Holdings. Following a feature in our internal newspaper, People Inc, one of our own employees, LukhanyoGunundu, offered his services as a Maths tutor.

Contact:

Cindy Mkaza-Siboto: cindy@emagqabini-edu.org
Linda Siboto: l.siboto@gmail.com
Tel: 0218236981

94+ Schools Project – 2012

The 94+ Schools Project for Madiba began as a celebration of our former president, Nelson Mandela, to honour his legacy and to pay tribute to his views on education:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
By providing financial aid that is aimed at improving the infrastructure of more than 94 schools across South Africa, this project gives hope and dignity to the learners attending these schools.
As one of our CSI projects, Novus Holdings chose Clarkebury Senior Secondary School because of its association with the projects inspiration, Madiba.
Clarkebury Senior Secondary School – Boasting Nelson Mandela as a former student, it seemed only fitting that Clarkeburyis on the list of education institutions to receive corporate sponsorship from the Future Foundations Initiative. The Eastern Cape school, near Ngcobo, first received assistance from the Foundations Initiative in 2012 when a multi-purpose sports court was erected. Despite challenges such as the excavation of 470 tons of rock and lack of tarred roads which hampered access at times, the project was a huge success.
At the official handover ceremony which was held in conjunction with the Department of Education and attended by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, sporting equipment including bibs, soccer balls, whistles and basketballs were also given to the school.
Learners from the school and the community as a whole have benefited from this facility, and the school’s pass rate increased from 74.6% in 2012 to 85.9% in 2013.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

OVERVIEW

At Novus Holdings, we believe that we have a responsibility to the communities in which we operate to provide the means for empowerment, upliftment and to assist in ensuring the safety and sustainability of these communities. As such, we encourage each of our entities to independently drive social investment activities in their surrounding communities. All projects are governed by central guidelines and focuses primarily on education.

House Andrew Murray Child and Youth Care Centre – 2018

The child and youth care centre provides residential care to 150 orphaned, abused or neglected children from various towns in the Cape Winelands District Municipality, as well as the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality. The children’s home is responsible for the care, support, protection and development of the children in its custody through various therapeutic and developmental programmes. In March 2018, we provided the centre with financial aid to the value of R20 000.

Call 2 Care: iGardi Project – 2017

The iGardi Project is a sustainable community development project that was created by the non-profit organisation, Call 2 Care. The project teaches underprivileged communities to build cost-effective food gardens, allowing them to grow their own nutritious food sustainably.
In 2017, we donated R360 000 to the project to help three Western Cape schools grow and cultivate their own water-wise fruit and vegetable gardens. This contribution catered for 36 garden boxes to be installed, resulting in approximately 900 children being fed per day.
The three schools included: William Lloyd Primary School in Paarl, The Du Noon Recreational Hub (the primary beneficiary of which is Zusakhe Early Childhood Development Centre) and Marconi Beam Primary School in Joe Slovo.

World Aids Day: HIVSA – 2017

HIVSA, a non-profit organisation established in 2002, designs and implements development programmes to improve the lives of people and communities affected by HIV and AIDS in the greater Soweto, Orange Farm and Sedibeng region of Gauteng. In acknowledgement of World AIDS Day, which takes place annually on 01 December, and to show support for people living with HIV, as well as to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness, we donated R35 000 to HIVSA.

World Aids Day: Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) – 2017

As one of the first NGOs in South Africa to focus exclusively on responding to HIV/AIDS, the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust was founded in 1990 as a ministry of the Hillcrest Methodist Church. HACT has adopted a holistic, family-centric approach to tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic by focusing on HIV prevention, care, community outreach, and economic empowerment. In November 2017, Paarl Media KwaZulu-Natal made a financial contribution of R10 000 to HACT in support of World Aids Day acknowledged on 01 December annually.

Breadline Africa – 2017

Since its inception in 1993, Breadline Africa, one of the biggest suppliers of converted shipping containers for poverty relief in Southern Africa, has provided more than 390 infrastructure units to resource-poor communities. Also registered as a charity in the UK, Ireland and Netherlands, Breadline Africa provides initiatives and infrastructure to support childhood development. Renovated infrastructure units are used as early childhood development centres, school libraries, kitchens and toilet blocks. In November 2017, we provided Breadline Africa with financial aid to the value of R63 000.

Baphumelele – 2017

Baphumelele was started by Rosalia Mashale, a qualified teacher, when she moved from the Eastern Cape in the early 90’s to Khayelitsha in the Western Cape. Seeing the needs within the community, Rosie initiated various projects. The Baphumelele Educare Centre was one of the first projects started when Rosie noticed that there were small children wondering the streets looking for food while their parents were at work or away during the day. The centre currently provides educare to 264 children. In October 2017, we donated toilet paper in excess value of R123 000 to Baphumelele.

Uviwe Child and Youth Services – 2017

Uviwe is a registered child protection organisation situated in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape that partners with various stakeholders to deliver developmental social services. The organisation’s primary focus has always been the protection of children’s rights and to unlock young people’s full potential to become economically-active citizens. In October 2017, we donated toilet paper products to the value of over R160 000 to Uviwe.

Human Rights Day: Relate Bracelets – 2017

As a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise based in the Western Cape, Relate bracelets provide handmade bracelets that are sold with the majority of the revenue being donated to credible causes and invested in social upliftment initiatives. In 2017, Novus Holdings decided to support Cape Town-based literacy organisation, Shine, through a Relate bracelet project which resulted in a financial contribution of more than R7 000. With it’s literacy programmes, Shine aims to help transform the prospects of some of South Africa’s most vulnerable children by breaking the destructive cycle of poor literacy, low educational attainment, wasted potential and poverty. The Shine Literacy programmes ran in 66 schools directly in 2017, supporting over 6000 children every week.
In addition, we also made a financial contribution of R78 000 to The Tomorrow Trust, a non-profit organisation dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by using holistic education. They support and develop orphans, children and youth to reach their potential and become leaders that are self-sustainable and proactive citizens.
With both project contributions, Relate bracelets were provided to all Novus Holdings employees.

Shiloh Synergy – 2017

Shiloh Synergy began in 1995 when Andre Beeton and Pastor Nanda Govender started the Wallacedebe Soup Kitchen, in the Wallacedene settlement outside Cape Town. Since then, the organisation’s borders have expanded and the interest in its social upliftment work has increased. As a result, the Shiloh Christian Upliftment Centre was founded and officially registered by the Department of Welfare as a non-profit organisation in 2004. We donated R30 000 to assist them with their continued support within the communities in which they operate, driving excellence in education and intellectual development.

New Dawn – 2017

New Dawn, which was established in 2008 as a registered PBO and NGO, operates in the underprivileged community of Kewtown in the Cape Flats. They aim to keep children of this community motivated to complete their education by encouraging them to have dreams and goals. In support of the organisation’s outstanding work, we donated R30 000 in the form of financial aid, to assist them in making a difference in the lives of the youth.

Rolemodels Foundation – 2017 and 2016

Established in 2009, the non-profit organisation in the Eastern Cape focuses on the eradication of poverty through education. It runs three different projects that aim to support the most disadvantaged individuals in the poorest communities of South Africa. As one of these projects, the Imfundo project supports approximately 200 children from informal settlements in educare facilities in preparation for formal schooling. It also focuses on entrepreneurial skills development projects to empower disenfranchised individuals to become economically driven.
During 2016, we provided financial aid to the value of R10 000 and in 2017, we contributed R15 000 towards the refurbishment of a container classroom.

World Aids Day: Acres of Love – 2016

Based in Gauteng, Acres of Love provides a loving, nurturing and safe environment for children who have been orphaned or affected by HIV and AIDS. They provide a forever home for the children, as well as ‘House Parents’ who are there to counsel the children. In acknowledgement of World AIDS Day which takes place on 01 December each year, and to show support for people living with HIV, as well as to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness, we donated R30 000 to Acres of Love.

Community Crisis Centre – 2016

Founded in 1998 in Gauteng, the Community Crisis Centre was established to meet the needs of the Reiger Park senior citizens. Over the years the programme has evolved to include the following community-based services:

• Community care for children who have been orphaned, as well as those who are vulnerable because of their living situation
• Child-headed households and households that are dependent on grandparents for care
• HIV/Aids and TB support programmes
• A drop-in centre

To support this worthy organisation, we donated R70 000 in financial aid.

Die Eiland Huis – 2016

Based in Stompneus Bay in the Western Cape, Die Eiland Huis provides a safe haven for children and adults suffering from a range of physical and mental disabilities. Our corporate sponsorship of R15 000 has enabled 13 severely disabled children to experience an enriching and normal life in this safe and loving environment.

Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM) – 2016

In 2009, Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM) Children’s Home, based in the Western Cape, received a 20 year lease from the Drakenstein Municipality for the New Orleans Sports ground. This property, which used to be a quality sports ground, had been left to decay and was a site for gang activity and other negative influences.
By early 2010, MCM was able to complete the first phase of renewal, which included repaired fencing, two full-size football pitches and a field hockey pitch, offices, storage, and stands to watch the games.
As part of the second phase of renewal completed in 2016, we assisted with renovations that will benefit the home and its children for many years to come.

Ons Kinder Jeugsorgsentrum – 2016

This is a special programme set up by the Environmental Non-Governmental Organization (ENGO), which provides protection, care, educational, developmental and treatment programmes from a Christian’s perspective to as many children as possible in the Free State. In recognising the difference that this initiative is making, we provided a corporate sponsorship of R25 000 to ensure that it continues to reach children in the province.

Come Back Mission – 2016

Come Back Mission (CBM), is a non-profit organisation located in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, and is driven by a strong passion and desire to create change and give hope. The organisation offers holistic healing and transformation to marginalised people and communities affected by poverty, high school drop-outs, alcohol and drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, high unemployment rate and single parent households. As these very real issues are all too prevalent in South Africa, it made sense to play a part by offering CBM a corporate sponsorship of R25 000.

Phoenix Child Welfare – 2016

Phoenix Child Welfare engages in therapeutic counselling, education and empowerment programmes that are aimed at addressing HIV infection and the issues of those affected by HIV, teenage pregnancies, abused children and gender-based violence. Operating for over 35 years, it is registered NPO with over 100 members who encourage dialogue and debate on matters affecting the youth. Our financial aid contribution of R25 000 was utilised to assist the NPO’s Children’s Foundation.