Corporate Social Investment
SANParks Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Programme is aimed at advancing SANParks’ vision of “A world-class system of sustainable National Parks reconnecting and inspiring society” by contributing to the development of communities living adjacent to national parks through the provision of much-needed facilities and services.
CSI Projects are funded from the 1% tourism income on all accommodation bookings and 5% from wildlife sales in Kruger National Park.
SANParks has over the years provided a number of Corporate Social Investment Projects to schools in communities bordering national parks in different provinces, ranging from:
- An Administration Block to Educators at Dumisani High school;
- Four Computer Laboratories;
- 14 Science Laboratories;
- One (1) Mobile Library (Bus);
- Three Playgrounds for Grade R and Primary School learners;
- Two Kitchen facilities that supported community feeding schemes;
- Four Greening and Food Gardening Projects for food security;
- One Shaded Assembly Area with paving and a small playground;
- Two Ablution Facilities in schools where learners did not have proper amenities which was an infringement on their basic human right to proper water and sanitation in schools;
- One Library/Resource Centre;
- One School Office with store room;
- One Healthcare Centres Water Supply;
- 10 Mobile Science Laboratories;
- Fish Angler Support and Intergenerational Skills Transfer Programme in Wilderness Permitting and Equipping 30 Female Fish Anglers who are pensioners to enable them to fish legally and assisted them with the development of intergenerational skills transfer programme to transfer their skills over to the next generation;
- School Desks which furnished an entire Primary School in Alldays close to Mapungubwe National Park and Johan Hein Primary School close to |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Since its inception, the programme implemented a total number of 49 projects, amounting to R 59 500 000. These projects benefitted an average number of 34 450 learners in 46 schools across the country.
Whilst some of these facilities proved to be durable and long-lasting legacies in communities, others such as computer labs and mobile libraries proved to be of short life span and expensive to maintain. The bulk of Social Legacy, funding has in recent years, therefore, been spent on the provision of Science Laboratories due to their durability, longer life span and purpose.
The provision of science laboratories supported the country’s national drive to improve Mathematics and Science skills deficiency which is of national concern. Supporting these learners assisted in advancing skills development in rural areas and in turn these young scientists would be absorbed into the SANParks environment to service SANParks mandate.