At Probe Corporation, we are committed to making a valuable contribution towards the upliftment of historically disadvantaged individuals through skills development and job creation.
The objective of our CSR policy is to develop skills, create employment and increase economic growth, while progressing the aims of broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE). We are focused on making a difference to the lives of aspiring entrepreneurs, disabled individuals and unemployed youth.
Providing financial assistance for education for disabled individuals has become an integral part our Transformation Strategy.
Our CSR programme also includes providing operational support and financial assistance to business start-ups and micro-entities in rural communities.
Along with skills development and job creation, environmental sustainability is a clear priority and both our sponsorships and corporate social responsibility investments reflect this.
We are proud to support the Izame Zabantu Nature Helpers, a coastal clean-up initiative which has great potential to expand nationwide. We invite all our customers and partners to join us in supporting this vital initiative. Here is a summary in the words of founder, Natanya Mulholland.
Creating Izame Labantu
‘In February 2021, I went to a volunteer beach clean-up. I was shocked at what I saw. We picked up polystyrene, plastic bottles, bags, lighters, flip flops and all sorts of human waste that one can imagine – suitcases, clothing, ear bud sticks, plastic rope, nappies, plastic packaging of all sorts. It troubled me deeply when I watched the high tide take all that we did not collect, out into the vast ocean.
That week, my gardener Nicholas Sundiro, told me how his neighbours, three single mothers, had been unemployed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. I decided to hire all three of them, and Nicholas, and together we went back to the site in Paarden Eiland to pick up more plastic. It was incredible to see how much we collected.
Friends and the community donated so we could carry on our clean up. And so Izame Zabantu Nature Helpers was born. Funds are managed through registered and BBBEE-compliant partner NGO the Ikamva Labantu Charitable Trust and all donors receive a Section 18A tax certificate.
The team has developed skill at cleaning the site and they now collect approximately 120 bags per day. They are at the river twice weekly. Izame Zabantu Nature Helpers has created employment and thousands of bags of plastic trash are out of the ocean.
We are deeply thankful for Probe’s support of Izame Zabantu Nature Helpers. We dream of clearing up more plastic, creating more jobs and building a stronger South Africa through collaboration, action and kindness.’
If you would like to join Probe supporting Izame Zabantu, please contact Maggy@probegroup.co.za.