As a committed corporate citizen, and one of the largest employers in our security sector in South Africa, we continue to support and empower the individuals and communities that we serve.
We acknowledge that transformation is key to long term growth and sustainability, and while score cards and good B-BBEE ratings play a vital role in accessing good business opportunities, Bidvest Protea Coin do more than just tick the boxes. We have spent R78 million on skills development, and providing learnerships, and run formal and extensive CSI and ED initiatives.
Youthzones is a peer network where young people from over 40 disadvantaged communities across South Africa uplift themselves using sport as a foundation.
The development program further focusses on equipping the youth with basic computer literacy, life-skills and entrepreneurial skills as an avenue toward employment and sustainability.
Youthzones as a network is committed to act in a respectful way through relationships, integrated solutions and an organic approach where the youths have the freedom to pursue their dreams and make a valuable contribution toward society.
Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen defines development as: “the freedom to choose the life that you might have reason to value”.
At its heart, Amaverkykers is a company owned by five black youths creating the lives that they wish to pursue and that implies assisting others to obtain a similar freedom.
Amaverkykers Enterprise Development provides the youth the opportunity to enter the labour market after completing the Youthzone development program. All financial assistance is received from corporate sponsorships / funding. This enables the youth to start small entrepreneurial businesses such as Amaverkykers Car Wash, which is one of the ED projects launched at Bidvest Protea Coin HQ. Other Amaverkykers ED projects initiated by Bidvest Protea Coin includes Amaverkykers tuck-shops, the uniform recycle project and the coffee container project to name a few.