At ABSA, caring for communities is as important to them as being great bankers, the see the two as being interlinked. Absa recognises that social giving is not enough in its own right: for corporate social investment (CSI) to be truly effective and make an ongoing and meaningful difference to the lives of underprivileged people and to the overall economic wellbeing of the country, it needs to be well-managed and underpinned by the driving principle of sustainability. For this reason, the company adopts an integrated sustainability approach that encompasses all the Group’s stakeholders including the OLIVE LEAF Foundation in Port Elizabeth, where Absa supports OLF’s initiative to provide nutritional support to Orphans & Vulnerable Children.
BICSA funds the Abalingani Gender Programme to facilitate gender and MAP (Men as Partners) work as well as CAT's (Community Action teams) with children from 10 high Schools in Soweto.
Khayelitsha United Mambazo is one of the choirs who participated in the Abalingani Gender Programme. They are still involved in teaching boys from their neighbourhood about traditional music, and through this about responsible manhood. Through facilitation offered by the OLIVE LEAF Foundation the group have been presented the opportunity to work with Bos Theatre Productions.
Coca-Cola South Africa funds the Abalingani Gender Programme to conduct gender work around the sites in South Africa.