Eskom has always been committed to doing more than just keeping the lights on in South Africa. Since its establishment in 1998, the Eskom Development Foundation has been running various programmes and forming strategic partnerships with the sole purpose of helping to enhance the quality of life for as many South Africans as possible.
Read more: Eskom Development Foundation sowing the seeds of hope
The recently launched Barloworld Social Youth Innovation Awards (BSIYA) recognise and support youth-led entrepreneurial innovations that are creating social value and have the potential for longevity and scalability. This year, the BSIYA was run in partnership with Enactus South Africa, an international non-profit organisation (NPO) which connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial projects that empower people to transform challenges into opportunities for sustainable progress, for themselves and their communities.
Read more: Celebrating youth-led innovation and supporting entrepreneurship | Barloworld
At Exxaro, investment into enterprise and supplier development (ESD) is being embraced and prioritised. The mineral resource company, which has proven its commercial resilience by diversifying its interests into renewable energy, demonstrates thinking that is both strategic and socially aware while remaining mindful of the need to future-proof its business beyond mining. With operations across some of the poorest nodes of the country that traverse the coal belt, Exxaro is well placed to use its influence and footprint to build a socially inclusive business that not only invests in local communities, but leverages its own assets and resources to create new opportunities for the economically excluded.
Read more: Powering possibilities through enterprise development | EXXARO