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18 March, 2014

York Timbers uplifts Mpumalanga communities


York Timbers, which focused its CSI projects on educational projects in 2013, has committed to extending this community empowerment in 2014. In partnership with Sasol Oil, York aims to empower and improve local communities in Mpumalanga Province through Corporate Responsibility Initiatives.

In July 2013 the York-Sasol partnership responded to a need identified at Memezile High School, by purchasing 200 desks and chairs from worth R86 000 and delivering these to the school, which operates as an NGO and relies greatly on donations from the community.

Acting Principal Mr John Malabela says the new desks and chairs are critical for effective learning: “Memezile High School gives thanks for the generous donation. The school cannot exist without York’s efforts.”

In another education-based project York Timbers in partnership with Sasol Oil reconditioned damaged floors at Graskop Primary School. This involved the preparation, chipping and tiling of a number of classrooms, including the administration block and toilet facilities, at a cost of R191 255.

“We were absolutely elated to receive sponsorship from Sasol Oil and support from York Timbers and Sabie Miracle Foundation in order to construct new floors and tiling for our classrooms, toilets and school hall,” says Graskop Primary School Principal, Mr Mark Matthee.

York and Sasol also turned their attention to the state of the Hawkers Market in Sabie and constructed stalls for hawkers operating in the Sabie Market Square. The R250 000 invested in this project included business development training to empower these micro-enterprises and up-skill local entrepreneurs.

“York Timbers is a significant employer in Mpumalanga Province and has a desire to contribute meaningfully to the well-being of South Africans. The three projects we were involved with last year made a difference in the community we operate. As CSI forms a fundamental part of our business, we will continue to show our support for local initiatives during 2014” says Pieter van Zyl, Chief Executive Officer of York Timbers.

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