Back to News NISSAN SOUTH AFRICA PROVIDES R200 000’S WORTH OF SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYEE-IDENTIFIED NPOS Date: 19 Nov 2019 Author Type: Press Release Author: Nissan South Africa Source: Nissan South Africa Johannesburg - South Africa (November 18, 2019) Nissan South Africa has donated a total of R200 000 to three deserving Non-profit Organisations (NPOs) working to empower and uplift local communities in and around Tshwane. This is part of an internal campaign that ran earlier this year in which Nissan South Africa employees were invited to take part in a competition, nominating organizations they believe worthy of the company’s support. The first prize –R100 000’s worth of support from Nissan South Africa – was awarded to Kelebogile Day Care Centre, which was nominated by Hendrik Thokwane Molekwa. The second and third prizes – in the form of R50 000’s worth of support from Nissan South Africa – were awarded to Hope Warrior’s Children’s Charity, which was nominated by Mary Maseko, and Seskhona Day Care Centre, which was nominated by Nelly Mokabuki. Companies have an important role to play in achieving the SDGs With the world population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, we - as a society – have a range of challenges to overcome in order to secure our future. These include climate change, poverty, and ongoing urbanization. To deal with these issues, the United Nations has adopted a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Companies across the board – including those operating within the automotive industry – have an increasingly important role to play in achieving these goals and creating a safer, more secure and more sustainable world,” says Nissan South Africa’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Wonga Mesatywa. Nissan South Africa fully supports the UN’s SDGs and believes it has an important role to play in realizing them. “When a company provides resources to communities - supporting their development and proactively tackling the challenges they face - it is, in part, fulfilling its social responsibility as a good corporate citizen,” says Mesatywa. Zero inequality Through this internal campaign and competition, Nissan South Africa seeks to promote the notion of zero inequality – one of the pillars of the company’s corporate social responsibility - as an important corporate value and to build a cleaner, safer and more inclusive society where everyone is given equal opportunities. “The Nissan South Africa team hopes the support provided to Kelebogile Day Care Centre, Hope Warrior’s Children’s Charity and Seskhona Day Care Centre will help improve the running of these organizations, assisting them to become more sustainable and to continue creating income-generating activities,” says Mesatywa. An internal campaign committee assessed all nominations received for this campaign and competition graded them according to a set of predetermined criteria – including project sustainability, income generation, and impact – and scored them. Nissan South Africa will be exploring more opportunities to work with some of the other organizations that were identified during the nomination process in the future.