Corporate Social Responsibility
Vaal Central Water’s core mandate of bulk water supply also contributes towards two National Imperatives of poverty eradication and employment creation. CSR has also become a constitutive element of the Entity’s contribution to these National Imperatives by augmenting its efforts through the activities it carried out during the year under review. While some activities were meant to combat COVID-19 as detailed hereunder, they also resulted in answering the needs of the poverty eradication and employment creation as well.
In giving back to the Society, the Entity also forges partnerships and collaborations with other Entities including Business Sector and Communities in its areas of service. These interactions make Vaal Central Water accessible, conscious of the Communities’ plight and a participative partner in the resolution of the economic perils prevailing in both the Public and Private Sectors.
Installation of JoJo tanks
The initiative of supplying JOJO tanks to the Communities was a mandate from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation. The purpose of the project was to assist the Communities with access to water to ensure frequent handwashing and serves as barriers to human-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 virus in homes, Communities, health care facilities, schools and other public spaces to prevent the spread of the virus.
Vaal Central Water was therefore appointed by the Department as Implementing Agent for the COVID-19 projects. Phase 1 of the project covered the construction of JoJo tank stands in Municipalities in the Province during the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 to follow health and hygiene protocol. Phase 2 comprises the connection to the current reticulation system to fill the water tanks.
Jean Webber Home for People living with Disabilities
Jean Webber Home hosts people with disabilities in the Province. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial situation of the Home has worsened over the past 2 years and is faced with many challenges. As a result of the pandemic many donors withdrew their support through sponsorships. This has had a negative impact on the operations of the Home. Upon receiving a request from the Home, Bloem Water initiated its toiletries campaign to support the people living with disabilities as part of Corporate Social Responsibilities. The Jean Webber Home is managed by the Free State Association of and for Persons with disabilities.
Many of the people in the Home have limited hand function, but with assistive devices they can manage to perform certain tasks. The services further include health and rehabilitation services and laundry service. Below is the handover of toiletries to Jean Webber that were donated by Vaal Central Water.