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Gauteng Business 2016 edition

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The 2016 edition of the Gauteng Business and Investment Guide is the premier business and investment guide for the Gauteng province and the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA). In addition to detailed profiles of key provincial organisations, including the GGDA, the Automotive Industry Development Corporation Centre (AIDC), the Gauteng Investment Centre, the Gauteng IDZ, the Gauteng ICT Park SEZ and Constitution Hill, this edition includes well-researched economic and demographic data on the province, as well as insights into the province’s five development corridors and the new industries and development nodes in these corridors; a focus on Gauteng as a global city region; and key growth sectors for the province.

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FOCUS Standard Bank’s Corporate Social Investment The Standard Bank Group is putting the full weight of their CSI initiatives behind the drive for local education. What is Standard Bank’s CSI strategy in Gauteng? Our strategy is aligned to the strategy of Standard Bank’s Corporate Social Investment Unit. The aim of CSI in Standard Bank is to demonstrate that the bank is socially responsive and relevant. We aim to create social value that will positively impact communities within which we operate. We seek to improve the communities’ capacity to be sustainable and to enhance future business prospects. The Bank’s focus is on Education and Employee Community Involvement (ECI). As a result, our Gauteng CSI strategy is linked directly to this. We have implemented initiatives to support access to education and ensure quality education for learners in Gauteng. What have been some of the highlights for the education initiatives in Gauteng? One of our flagship CSI projects in Gauteng is the Thandulwazi Maths and Science is a Saturday school programme that provides quality tuition in maths, science, accounting and English to learners from schools within township communities in Gauteng. The aim of this programme is to alleviate the academic challenges faced in maths and science subjects by learners by providing curriculum based extra tuition. St Stithians School uses its facilities to run extra classes for public schools and thus serves as a centre of excellence for Standard Bank in Gauteng. The Academy runs every Saturday morning of the school calendar year. The participants are learners from schools in Soweto, Dieplsoot, Soshanguve, Vosloorus, Tembisa, Ivory Park, Northriding, Randburg, Ferndale, Orange Farm and Kagiso. Annualy Thandulwazi supports about1039 learners, drawn from 160 high schools across Gauteng. Another successful CSI project was the Gauteng book drive where we collected books from across Gauteng province and then delivered them to a needy school that had the infrastructure of the library but, no books. We’ve recently unveiled our projects to provide pupils with learning materials that will be helping pupils GAUTENG BUSINESS 2016 110

FOCUS This could range from teacher development and support to staff initiatives that include buying books for schools or projects that enhance the learning experience for pupils at schools. with their studies. In addition, we have provided a mobile laboratory and three more laboratories to two high schools and a primary school, plus machinery for a technical school. What plans does the CSI department have for future projects in Gauteng? As a bank we continue to support the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Programme. The Gauteng Standard Bank office will continue to build a partnership with the Gauteng Office of the Premier. The Premier will assign certain people from the Department of Education to monitor the progress we’ve made in our CSI projects over the next three years at the particular schools to which we have donated machinery and a mobile laboratory. There will be constant progress reports produced based on their performance. Our hope is that the progress made by these schools will illustrate that we at Standard Bank also add value to the lives of the pupils and the teachers who we have supported. In the following year we will not only be focusing on the schools we are currently supporting, but we hope that, in the years to come, we will be able to focus on other schools in the province. WE SUPPORT INTERVENTIONS THAT ENHANCE THE SUPPORT LEARNING FOR TEACHERS AND PUPILS CONTACT INFO What does Standard Bank Gauteng look for when selecting CSI projects? Our projects are selected in alignment with our focus on Education, with the aim to influence education outcomes in early childhood development, schooling and the further education environment. Janice Noble Gauteng Province | Marketing Coordinator Tel: 011 601 4311 | Mobile: 076 157 3019 Fax: 011 622 9858 Email: Janice.noble@standardbank.co.za Website: www.standardbank.co.za 111 GAUTENG BUSINESS 2016

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