Wood Protection Company Awarded for South Coast Community Project

04 September 2017 | Web Article Number:

Forestry, Pulp & Paper
Wood Protection Company Awarded for South Coast Community Project
Kesun Govender (Lonza Operations Manager) and Denise Conradie (Lonza Compliance Manager) receive the runner-up CAIA Responsible Care Initiative of the Year Award

LONZA Wood Protection’s outreach to the educational needs of its local community has been recognized at the prestigious 78th Annual Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) Awards Ceremony.

Lonza was announced as the runner up in the Responsible Care Initiative of the Year, which honours companies in the South African chemical industry for outstanding achievements in sustainable corporate social responsibility projects.

Over the past six years the company has invested more than R700 000 towards the development of the Vulingqondo Crèche into a well-structured educational institution where each child is nurtured and receives a healthy meal each day.

“It is Lonza’s philosophy to be a responsible neighbour by contributing to the quality of life in the communities in which we operate. As an industry leader, our commitment is to create sustainable value through an educational facility that will form the foundation for the children’s schooling career,” said Doug Sayce, General Manager of Lonza Wood Protection.

Situated in the rural area of Bethania near Port Shepstone, the Vulingqondo Crèche has under the care of Lonza, developed from a basic rural establishment into a flourishing school

 The playground has been transformed from an uneven and overgrown veld into a beautiful playground with manicured lawns, trees and a jungle gym, which was built with timber treated with Lonza’s own chemical, Tanalith C wood preservative.

Seven waterborne toilets have been added to the school, the building has been rewired, new cupboards have been installed and the kitchen has been extended to accommodate new fridges and a new septic tank.

Lonza sponsors their daily fresh food supplies and at the start of each year, Lonza supplies the school’s basic stationery and books.

Mattresses for rest time and recreational items such as educational toys, bicycles, sport equipment, a TV, a DVD player and a computer have also been donated.

In a step to assist the crèche in becoming self-sustaining, Lonza plans to provide seedlings and tools to start a vegetable garden where the children can be actively involved in growing their own produce. 

Two years ago, Lonza identified an exceptionally talented young girl who under their full educational sponsorship has been able to attend government school where she has excelled by finishing top of her class in Grade 1 and 2. “Our team’s passion and commitment to the wellbeing and education of the children at Vulingqondo Crèche is a rewarding experience that we hold close to our hearts, and we look forward to making a difference to the future of many more children in this community,” said Sayce. 

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