Aberdare Bolstering Relations with Local Government to Support Emerging Businesses and Local Communities

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Aberdare Cables is on a mission to bolster relations with local governments to support emerging local businesses and improve the lives of ordinary South Africans, as part of the company’s commitment to contribute in the development of the country.

On Thursday, 17 October 2019, Aberdare Cables was visited by the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Water, Sanitation and Energy in the Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality, Cllr Tiisetso Nkentle, to hold high-level discussions and bolster relations between the company and the City.

Aberdare is one of the major companies based in the City of Ekurhuleni and ninety percent (90%) of its workforce in the Group Operations Centre are from the Metro. In their discussions, Cllr Nkentle and Aberdare CEO, Dr Haiyan Song agreed that the two parties will work together to uplift the communities in the Ekurhuleni area through the Aberdare Enterprise Supplier Development programme and the Corporate Social Investment programme.

The Aberdare Enterprise Supplier Development programme aims to support emerging businesses owned by black youth, women and people with disabilities in the form of outsourcing core and non-core business within the supply chain. The company further provides equipment and expertise to enable these businesses to run their operations successfully. Aberdare Cables, to date, spend close to R 1.3 billion with black owned suppliers annually and R1.2 billion with 30% black female owned suppliers annually.

“We are sincere about our commitment to support emerging black owned businesses because we believe that they are the key drivers for economic growth and job creation. We will continue to work with our partners in the local government sphere and communities across the country to contribute in the development of the country and improve the lives of the communities in which we are operating in,” said Dr Song.

Cllr Nketle commended Aberdare Cables’ passion and commitment to uplift the previously disadvantaged communities and black owned business. “This is what we call nation building. We are happy that Aberdare is playing a leading role in the process of redressing the wrongs of the past and for contributing in the development of our Metro and the country in general”.

“We will work with this company and others to support and empower our youth, women, people with disabilities and our communities in general. As the City of Ekurhuleni we are happy with the Aberdare’s community-centred programmes and we are confident that if more companies can do this we will see a huge change in our communities,” said Cllr Nketle.

In the quest to expand its socio-economic development programme, Aberdare Cables will roll out its famed AberSchool Programme to the City of Ekurhuleni in the year 2020. Due to the many successes witnessed in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal province, Aberdare decided to extend the programme to Gauteng province, specifically in Ekurhuleni.

The programme, which will include a number of learners from various township schools within the Metro, aimed at partnering with the Department of Education and the City to offer extra tuition to Grade 9, 10 and 11 pupils in English, Mathematics & Science. The programme is geared towards developing future engineers and technically oriented individuals not only for the Aberdare workforce, but the greater country in general.