UCS Solutions Corporate Social Investment
The vision for UCS Solutions’ Corporate Social Responsibility is to be an innovative and inspirational corporate citizen on the African continent. We seek to protect and enhance the Business Connexion / UCS Solutions brand through responsible business practise that contributed to sustainable growth.
The UCS Solutions Corporate Social Responsibility mission is aligned to the Business Connexion mission; “to empower people to improve their communities and their own lives through technology”.
UCS Solutions introduced an employee volunteering programme called “letmegive”. The “letmegive” programme is an opportunity for UCS Solutions employees to give either their time through volunteer work and/or give money through payroll deductions. Both these programmes fare focussed on the support of the chosen UCS Solutions developmental organisations which include:
UCS Solutions Education Trust
The UCS Solutions Education Trust was established 15 years ago, in 1999, as a Social Responsibility initiative. Education is a crucial component of the social upliftment and development of our nation. Without education there can be no ability to avail of opportunity. The Education Trust provides opportunities to the children of UCS employees and the broader community by awarding bursaries for primary and secondary school as well as tertiary education.
Learn to Earn TM
UCS Solutions has supported Learn to Earn for a number of years. We have funded students through various programs, have upgraded their IT infrastructure and provide on-going financial and technical support. We also support Learn to Earn through purchasing products created by their graduates.
Learn to Earn was established in 1989 to train and equip unemployed people with vocational skills so that they may become self-supportive and independent. Learn to Earn is a skills development and job creation organisation seeking to develop people, especially unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually. Their skills development and training centres are based in vibrant Khayelitsha and the seaside town of Hermanus and Claremont. Here they partner with unemployed people to eradicate unemployment and other legacies of injustice in South Africa. Since 1989 they have trained more than 11 500 unemployed people with market-related skills.
Exco visit to Learn to Earn Khayelitsha - May 2016.
Action for the Blind
The Action for Blind and Disabled Children is situated in central Roodepoort, and is dedicated to teaching / training blind and disabled young people about computers and computer software, such as Microsoft Operating Systems, Office Suite and other related software programs. Once these children are fully skilled, UCS-Solutions would aspire to place the children on an Internship or Learnership at the company.
Support of Campaigns against Cancer
We sponsor various organisations through campaigns against cancer:
- Runners for Cancer:– supported individuals to raise funds and awareness for kids affected by cancer
- Cuppa for Cancer: Staff enjoying a cup of coffee at UCS Solutions in aid of cancer awareness and a donation to Cancer Association
- Support the Breast Course for Nurses - The Breast Course for Nurses (BCN) combines distance education with a residential course. The BCN equips nurses with the skills to manage women with breast problems
The word Tumelo means "Faith". Tumelo Home was established in 1996 in Tembisa, Johannesburg. The home caters for children with physical and mental disabilities which varies from mentally handicapped/retarded, orphaned, abused, abandoned, brought in by the police and based upon a court order need special care. UCS-Solutions is devoted by ensuring these children are well-looked after. The company will contribute to the new house Tumelo Home intends on building in 2016.
Mapetla Day Care Centre
Mapetla Day Care centre provides childcare services and education to the children of hospice patients. Many kids have parents that died of HIV/AIDS and themselves have HIV/AIDS. Mapetla currently cares for 105 children between the ages of 1 ½ to 6 years. UCS-Solutions recently contributed hundreds of canned food to the centre. The aim for 2016, is to establish a closer relationship with the children from Mapetla Day Care.
Salvation Army Girls Home
Salvation Army Girls Home also known as “Strathyre Girls Home” assists young abused and neglected girls by providing a safe nurturing home for them. UCS-Solutions contributes a specific amount of money to the Home to ensure the girls necessities are covered such as toiletries, clothing.
Ons Plek is the only residential Child and Youth Care Centre in Cape Town that specialises in developmental and therapeutic intake services for girls who have lived, worked or begged on the streets of Cape Town. UCS-Solutions often sponsors Ons Plek to ensure hope is provided as opposed to the street life.
IRONMAN for Kidz
The IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity's aim is to raise awareness for the circumstances of the less fortunate children, who often come from dysfunctional family backgrounds. Improving the quality of these children’s lives and making them more meaningful. The charity started when the realisation to raise money for needy children by participating in the IRONMAN South Africa events, through: 3.8 km Sea Swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run. This seems like an intermediating task to complete, but “raising funds for the children is a great motivator.” An employee from UCS-Solutions Ernst Hattingh participates in the Ironman tasks therefore UCS sponsors him to represent the children and the Organisation.
The Gauteng-based EPIC Foundation was founded by Alta McMaster at the beginning of 2013. Alta has been managing projects for rape survivors since 2011. UCS-Solutions takes prides when assisting the Epic Foundation because of the big-hearted projects they do. UCS-Solutions sponsors the Epic Foundation during the week of Women’s Month. This symbolises the strength and unity of women in South Africa.
Tumela Home visit in 2015.