Swazibank, Premier Bakeries scoop most CSI awards
SWAZIBANK and Premier Swazi Bakeries have obtained most awards from the first Corporate Social Investments (CSI) Annual Awards in the country.
The event, which was staged last Thursday night at the Royal Villas, was aimed at awarding companies in the country, especially those in the private sector which invest in social responsibility programmes. That is done to improve the lives of the needy people in communities.
Swazibank and Premier Swazi Bakeries got three awards each from different categories. The companies were awarded for their investment in arts, culture and sports, education and training, enterprise development and job creation and social welfare and community development. Minister of Labour and Social Security Lutfo Dlamini was there to witness this milestone as he was guest speaker of the event. The awards were hosted by Noble Expressions Investment Company, which is under the directorship of Marilyn Sithole.
SwaziBank got a first prize under sports categories, got a second prize award under enterprise development and job creation and also got second prize under arts and culture.
Meanwhile, Premier Swazi Bakeries got a third prize under the sports category, second prize under social welfare and community development and got a third prize under arts and culture category.
Other companies which were awarded include Swaziland Post and Telecommunications (SPTC), Macmillan, Standard Bank, Swaziland National Provident Fund, Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC), Swaziland Water Services Corporation (SWSC) and Swaziland Beverages (SB).
Making her remarks during the event, Sithole said the issue of corporate social investment was important for companies to look at because they thrived because they were supported by the people so it was important that the give back to communities.
She said these companies were awarded for their role in giving back to the community.
“We invited companies to enter for the awards. Some responded positively while others said they would be joining next year. To the companies who invest in social responsibility programmes in communities, this is vital as you assist government in doing so,” she said.
Sithole noted that donor funding was decreasing, so companies had to come in and assist the needy public.
She advised companies to do integrated reporting to their stakeholders, so that they would know how the company was performing, adding that the corporate companies must take heed to environmental issues.
Sithole said corporate companies must play a major role in environment conservation as it was also part of social responsibility.
She said the companies that entered for the awards were judged according to their investment in social responsibility programmes and the impact they had made. Regional Excellence Initiative (REDI) Chief Executive Dr Sikhomba Gumbi and Rudolph Maziya were among the judges.
Presentation of the Awards:
Arts, Culture and Sports
n Premier Swaziland Bakeries
-Arts and Culture
n Standard Bank
n Premier Swaziland Bakeries
Education and Training
Enterprise Development and job Creation
n Swaziland Beverages
Social Welfare and Community Development
n Premier Swaziland Bakeries
Private sector practises
CSI outside national
policy - FSE&CC
FEDERATION of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce (FSE&CC) Chief Executive Officer Zodwa Mabuza says companies in the country are practising Corporate Social Investments (CSI) outside the national policy.
She said the private sector was very active in such and had already made huge impact in the lives of many through CSI. “The private sector is doing quite a lot in CSI, there is a difference between giving out for millage and CSI. Companies that are vigorously practising this and are doing well have very low levels of poverty and unemployment,” she said.
Soon I will become pastor - Lutfo
MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Lutfo Dlamini aspires to be a pastor.
This transpired on Thursday night during the Corporate Social Investments (CSI) Annual Awards held at Royal Villas.
In the very first few minutes after taking into the podium during the awards, Dlamini said read a scripture from his tablet saying “ In Luke 10 Verses 30-37, Jesus said, a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest went by the same road and when he saw the man he passed on the other side of the road. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was, he took pity on him, he went to him and bandaged his wounds pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to a hotel. He took out two silver coins and gave the inn keeper saying take care of him and when I return I will reimburse you for any extra expense. Jesus then asked, who of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell on the hands of robbers? They replied, the one who had mercy with the man. Jesus said, Go and do likewise.”
He said he was not into preaching yet but would soon become a pastor.
Dlamini said by reading the verse about the Good Samaritan, he was trying to remind corporate companies in the country that giving to the needy was a good thing to do and the only way to go.
He said companies would also help address the plight of many disadvantaged as government could not manage alone.
Dlamini said government and the corporate sector needed to work together to better the lives of the needy Swazis in different communities.