The Rand Water Foundation (“Foundation”) is an independent Section 21 Company that integrates the corporate social investment initiatives of Rand Water.
Rand Water Foundation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rand Water.
The Rand Water Foundation was conceptually established in 2001, and started with operations in 2003, and was launched a year later (2004). The Foundation grew to indeed become the Corporate Social Investment arm of Rand Water, incorporating and integrating Rand Water’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives. It is a vehicle through which Rand Water fulfils its commitment to helping Government in achieving its vision of a better life for all, by promoting job creation, skills transfer, community capacity building, and poverty eradication among poor communities in South Africa. As a result, the Rand Water Foundation becomes a socio-economic change agent of Rand Water. The Foundation currently operates within Rand Water’s areas of supply.
· Bantu Bonke Hydroponics Farming Project is a 17 hectare farming project which falls within the Key Focus Area of Community Farming. The land will be utilized to establish an agricultural-business production, value adding and process facility. The facility will consist of fifteen hydroponic tunnels, vegetable process plants and a seedling nursery. Surrounding areas will benefit from these projects. The business will be linked to the community as a strategic initiative for food production and employment creation. Partners are the National Development Agency, German Development Service and Midvaal Local Municipality.
· Kaalspruit : Rehabilitation of the catchment, which measures 52 663Ha.
· Soshanguve: Rehabilitation of a 93 060 Ha area.
· Tshwane South: An area measuring 115 342 Ha, owned by Tshwane Metro under the jurisdiction of Conservation Department. This project incorporates Rietvlei nature reserve; Kosmosdal and Groenkool nature reserves.
Pull the Plug on poverty is the project that was launched by Tito Mboweni on 14 November 2006. The project is set to address lack of water and sanitation in the rural schools. The Rand Water Foundation contributed R150 000.00.
Merafong Flora is a 20 hectare farming project which falls within the Key Focus Area of Community Farming. Although the project specializes in flower farming, it addresses poverty alleviation in a sustainable way. Merafong Flora is a project that empowers the poor of the poorest and people who have no other skills rather than mine and farm work. In 2005 the Foundation Board approved the funding of the project.
Previous Projects - contd..
The Foundation signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding with the National development Agency in 2005; other partners in this project are the Department of Provincial Local Government and West Rand District Municipality. The project has created 50 permanent jobs, comprising of mainly youth and 141 casual jobs since its inception. The Rand Water Foundation contributed a total of R1M to this project
· Bullfrog Pan: The rehabilitated catchment area is 44 587Ha, situated in Benoni, Ekurhuleni.
· Blesbokspruit: owned by the Elandspoort Farming Company: New area to be rehabilitated is situated downstream of the wetland and its area is 62 827Ha. Gabion rocks were built to control the flow of the water and rehabilitate the wetlands Earth beams were built to redirect the water to control erosion
Wetland Rehabilitation projects: These projects fall under the water and sanitation focus area. It is set to rehabilitate, restore and prevent further erosion to wetlands by building concrete structures across the donga. Partners are Working for Wetlands, Ekurhuleni Municipality and the Department of Public Works.
Greening Soweto Projects undertaken are based along Old Potchefstroom road, Roodepoort Road and Koma road in Soweto. The project was set to integrate the suburbs of Johannesburg and Soweto townships.
The aim of the project was to restore the environment, with trees planted across the main roads. Different families were given one fruit tree each. The project was launched in September 2006 and the plague was unveiled in 2008. The Foundation contributed R300 000 in 2006 and R150 000 in 2008.
The Foundation received a trophy on 20 October 2006 for the valuable contribution made towards the project.