Wild Coast Sun, a member of Sun International, in partnership with its local shareholders Wild Coast Sun Mbizana Development Trust and Mgungundlovu CPA invested R1.8 million during 2020 in support of local communities.
The investment, which covers a range of projects from vegetable gardens to fixing up trauma centres at police stations and donating science kits to high schools, has helped ensure that local communities are properly supported through social development spend.
“We are very proud that we have been able to support our local communities in this manner, providing them with vegetables to eat, safe places to go to after violent incidents, as well as ensuring that schools have decent teaching resources and toilet facilities,” said Peter Tshidi, General Manager, Wild Coast Sun.
Wild Coast Sun focuses its social and economic development (SED) spend on three pillars, being: education; sports, art, and culture; and agriculture as these are the areas with the most need of investment.
Education was the biggest beneficiary of the SED spending, at R1,127,111. This critical area was followed by sport, which benefitted from R143,981 in investment, while environmental issues secured R397,014 and agriculture received R108,013. Arts wrapped up the spending, with an investment of R24,380.
To help needy students, Wild Coast Sun donated science kits and mathematics study guides to ten (10) high schools in the Alfred Nzo East District for grades 10, 11 and 12, as well as sanitary pads to girls in those grades. This was in addition to other projects in the education space.
Among the projects completed in the past year by the Wild Coast Sun Hotel and Casino Resort in Bizana was the Golf Coaching Academy.
Here, golfing professional Arnold Mentz gets out his clubs to instruct local youngsters on their swing. He believes that beyond stance, grip and swing, the game imparts essential life skills.
Each week, Mentz instructs between 15 and 20 players ranging in age from eight to eighteen, who attend Ithuba Primary School and Vulindlela High School in Bizana, Eastern Cape. On a Friday afternoon they play and learn on-course rules and regulations, Saturday mornings find them on the resort’s challenging 18-hole championship golf course that stretches along the stunning Wild Coast, practicing putting, chipping and bunker play.
The children depend on donations and hand-me-downs for clothing and equipment, although Mentz says often what is donated is beyond usable.
To help feed the local community, Wild Coast Sun is also sponsoring Queens Greens with a borehole, pump and installation. It will also assist by buying some vegetables from Queens Greens.
Queens Greens comprises of 14 hectors of land and employs six workers to plant cabbage and spinach. Potatoes and onions are being prepared for seeding.
“These are just some examples of the work we have done in the past year. During 2020, we started or completed 15 projects that will help alleviate poverty in our communities, while also providing tangible benefits in the way of vegetable gardens, textbooks, and after-hour activities,” says Tshidi.