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Corporate Social Investment

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no person can sincerely try to help
another without helping themselves."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The Avance Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme is a deliberate, focused, coherent and progressive programme that is well coordinated and entrenched throughout our business, including among our own employees. It was essential for us that we support initiatives within our own community, as we are aware of the desperate need of many impoverished communities living in and around Harrismith. We regard our CSI as a strategic business function throughout the business, rather than on an ad-hoc basis.
But most gratifying for us is to see the level of support that our CSI programme receives from our employees, who participate and contribute in their own personal capacities too, as well as other local businesses in the region.

Avance Carpets is a proud supporter of and contributor to the Maluti Child Care Project, our primary CSI project which feeds more than 4 500 children under the age of 15 years. The project covers Harrismith and surrounding areas and townships.

About the Maluti Child Care Project

  • Meals are provided to children at lunchtime, which is often the child's only meal for the day. This is done from kitchens built into seven containers and one school. These kitchens are spread over different townships and settlements, with three containers  in  the  school  in  Intabazwe, three containers in Tsiame B and one container in Mokolokweng.
  • Without these kitchens, many parents on the poverty line would not be able to fully provide for the needs of their children; it is a vital provision for the community.
  • Funding also goes towards the employment costs for the Maluti social workers who are assisted by 42 volunteer child care givers to provide psychological, emotional and physical support to sick and abused children.
  • More funding is required to enable the Maluti project to not only provide for the children on a day-to-day basis, but to be able to host netball and soccer days for physical education, supply them with school uniforms and stationary, as well as give them small parcels at Christmas.