As a good corporate citizen, SBV Services is committed to making a difference to the communities that it serves therefore Corporate Social Investment forms an integral part of our corporate accountability objectives.
In addition to the financial investment in the projects that we support, we also encourage and facilitate a culture of volunteerism amongst our employees and support employee involvement in initiatives.
Throughout the year employees participate in a variety of initiatives such as fundraisers, donations, collections and are also actively involved in projects of their choice.
Holding a special place in our hearts is the Siyazigabisa Home of Hope Orphanage in Tembisa whom we have supported over the past seven years. SBV has participated in various initiatives to assist in making the children's lives a little bit easier. A Christmas party is hosted annually for the children and SBV also provides the home with assistance for special projects such as repairs and maintenance as well as donations to assist with unforeseen expenses as well as the purchasing of school uniforms.
As part of an overall employee wellbeing strategy, we embark on HIV/AIDS education and awareness campaigns on an ongoing basis. In addition to this all of our employees have access to a 24/7 hotline where they can obtain free counselling and advice.
SBV Supports the 16 Days of Activism campaign for no violence against women and children and distributes white ribbons to employees to create awareness around this initiative.
SBV has formed a partnership with eDeaf to holistically integrate deaf people into suitable vacancies within SBV. The pilot project targeting deaf learners within the Gauteng province was launched in October 2011 and 12 deaf employees have already successfully been employed in cash processing capacities. Special training material was developed while existing training material was converted to Deaf friendly material. This initiative was rolled out in June 2012 to additional Cash Centres in various regions where appropriate support structures are available.
SBV has participated in The Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) learnership programme for the past eight years. Letsema and Kuyasa learners have been afforded the opportunity to gain work experience at SBV and gain practical work experience in various facets of SBV's business including Finance, ICT & Projects, Human Resources, Logistics Processing and Logistics Operations. This exposure equips the learners with the skills necessary for our industry and for future employment opportunities within the company. The duration of the learnership is 1 year and whilst BANKSETA manages the project, SBV hosts the learners and provides coaching, mentoring and training.