Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to a business practice that involves participating in initiatives that benefit society. CSR is a company’s sense of responsibility towards the community and environment (both ecological and social) in which it operates. Conlog exercises CSR by contributing to educational development and social programs.We are proud to invest in grass root programs that make a difference to the lives of our society. Social upliftment and social development for sustainability are key pillars that Conlog focuses on, that show that We Care.
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Abathwa Primary School were the beneficiaries of Conlog’s latest education initiative and scored with two new classrooms, two mobile libraries, uniforms and a fridge.
Conlog is making a very real socio-economic impact on the historically disadvantaged in KwaZulu-Natal, investing in much needed infrastructure and resources at Abathwa Primary situated in the deep rural area of Nquthu in Zululand.
The company was approached by the school in August 2016 for assistance as they had major problems with overcrowding in their classrooms and a lack of resources. Representatives of Conlog’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee visited the school and identified that lack of space was a major problem. Sadly, learners from two totally different grades were sharing one classroom viz Grades two and three shared one classroom while grades four and five shared another classroom. This environment is not conducive to learning and posed a huge challenge for teachers who took turns to teach at different times. It was also found that there was no library or reading material for the learners and many learners who are from impoverished communities had no proper uniforms.
Conlog’s corporate social responsibility committee decided that they would build two new classrooms to overcome the space shortage and that there would be no more sharing of classrooms. Furthermore, they also donated two mobile libraries with two hundred books each, with a view to boost the literacy rate at the school. Some of the underprivileged learners were also handed a full set of uniforms complete with track suits and jerseys and the excited learners could not contain themselves at the handover function held at the school in September last year.
Conlog (Pty) Ltd Management and Staff provide festive cheer for the surrounding community and Children’s Home. There was much joy and laughter on Thursday, 14 December 2017, when management and staff of Conlog visited their neighbours, members of the Lacey Road informal settlement in the Sydenham area and kids at the Umlazi Place of Safety. Conlog handed over food hampers to fifty families living in the Lacey Road informal settlement, to bring some much needed relief to the poorest of the poor in the community. The handover was also attended by Deputy Mayor, Fawzia Peer who applauded Conlog for embracing their needy neighbours and for thinking about the less fortunate members of our community.
Conlog also visited the Umlazi Place of Safety, and provided gifts, goodie bags and cosmetics to the twenty nine children who have been placed at the Umlazi Place of Safety. The kids were absolutely delighted when the “Spur on Wheels” vehicle arrived and treated everyone at the home to a scrumptious meal, also courtesy of Conlog. These were indeed moments of joy, for these young lives that have been affected by a range of social challenges.
Conlog donates Science Laboratory
SA’s quality of maths and science education once again failed to impress, as the country was ranked last among 140 economies on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index . With this uppermost in their mind, Conlog, a Durban-based Company which is the world’s leading metering solutions provider to utilities and municipalities are determined to change this through providing learners with the best possible resources and ultimately improve science results.
Malefo Secondary School in Tweelagte outside Rustenburg became the first school in the North West to receive a state-of-the-art science laboratory. There was jubilation, excitement and joy at the official handover function which was attended by community members, parents, local councillors and Conlog.
Conlog committed to R406 000.00 to fund this project. ”A good education is founded on the premise that the environment be conducive to the practice of learning. It should be able to make available to learners the infrastructure, facilities and resources necessary for learning. Sadly, in South Africa the legacy of our past does not always render this basic fundamental a reality. All too often we find that our country’s schools – especially those serving the historically disadvantaged or today’s lower income groups – do not measure-up. Many fall short in terms of both infrastructure and the provision of the tools necessary to give effect to efficient teaching and effective learning. We, at Conlog hope that our contribution is a small step to making an improvement to the scholars of Malefo Secondary” added Sibusiso Skosana.
Pauline Mokhutle, acting chief director in the North West department of education in Bojanala district said “We hope that this science laboratory will help to improve the performance of learners in Science subjects at our local schools. This will enable them to go on to university and ultimately begin careers in engineering and scientific fields which will contribute to a vibrant economy.” It is clear that by providing essential equipment in classrooms we can boost academic performance at schools. Corporate South Africa has a critical role to play in this process and we are proud that Conlog has chosen Malefo Secondary School to be a part of this initiative”
According to Mr Louis Taylor, Director of Partnerships in education, said the DBE welcomes this initiative by Conlog and will ensure that the Science Laboratory donated by Conlog will be optimized by Malefo Secondary.
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Conlog and iBelive partnered to contribute to the Education sector in rural Limpopo by donating bicycles and 2 x 12m storage containers to the needy learners of Mokhapa and Mahlane Secondary schools.
The event commenced at the Golden aces sports grounds by the outskirt community closer to where the two containers are placed where learners will each morning pick a bike and return it back after school each day to manage continuity as well as sustainability.
Community members, learners and triable leaders graced the event. One key stakeholder was a local Pastor Maake in the community who joined hands by contributing 100pair of shoes to the needy Primary kids from the same community.
Messages of sincere appreciation were sent through to Conlog by the Mayor, Principal, Tribal office representatives, School Principals, Department of community safety as well as the learners themselves.
According to the iBelive Foundation, CONLOG has made an indelible mark, which will lead to many pupils realising their dreams. The wonderful gesture, of donating bikes, is more than that. It’s a statement of encouragement to the pupils that they can reach their dreams.