The Vodacom Foundation is the corporate social investment (CSI) arm of Vodacom. The Foundation leverages Vodacom’s enormous technological capability to improve people’s lives. The Vodacom Foundation has three main pillars: Education; Health; and Safety and Security. It also drives and supports an extensive culture of volunteering.
Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies by revenue, is the majority shareholder in Vodacom. Through a unique network of 27 local Foundations and social investment programmes, Vodafone invests in the communities in which it operates. As one of these Foundations, the Vodacom Foundation is committed to connecting communities and improving lives. Our underlying belief is that connectivity drives changes. The Vodacom Foundation leverages Vodacom’s charitable giving, fundraising capability and privileged access to networks, technology, customers and employees to connect people with the necessary tools to make a difference in the world.
The Vodacom Foundation is dedicated to helping disadvantaged South Africans. Our vision is aimed at changing lives, keeping you connected, and creating new possibilities, and we believe our technology can be used to help solve social problems, for the benefit of humanity. Vodacom is working hard to meet its vision of being regarded as the country’s most caring telecommunications brand. During the year the Vodacom Foundation supported various initiatives in communities across all our operating countries, with education health, and safety and security being key focus areas. In South Africa (2015) the total Vodacom Foundation spend was R80 Million, in 2014 it was R104 million. Fifty-nine percent (59%), approximately R46 million, was invested in education and education related projects. The investment in education initiatives included connecting an additional 20 Teacher Centres (ICT resource centres) bringing the total number of Teacher Centres equipped and connected by Vodacom across the country to 81, with a further ten to be added in 2016.
To date the Vodacom Foundation has equipped and connected 1,615 schools across the country. Over 50,000 teachers have been trained in using ICT in the classroom, and these teachers have an impact on 1.5 million learners. There are more than 120,000 learners signed up to Vodacom’s e-School, and 5,848 teachers signed up to the e-platform Digital Classroom. The Vodacom Foundation has equipped 46 schools with a communication solution, and installed e-libraries in 61 Teacher Centres, with tablets that have over 2,000 books loaded on each – with a combined value of R4.2 million.
The Vodacom Foundation has made a significant impact on health. The Vodacom stock visibility solution (SVS) is now operational in 478 clinics in Limpopo, 780 clinics in the Eastern Cape, and 605 clinics in KZN. And as as at April 2016 the total number of stock updates stands at 1,147,639.
In Safety and Security our Gender Based Violence (GBV) Command Centre has fielded over 71,000 calls (as at May 2016), helping countless women find help and guidance.
Our Internal Vodacom volunteers (staff) have contributed over R500,000 through payroll giving and 6,000 staff members have volunteered either their time, goods, cash or skills. Further, as part of our Change the World Programme, we’ve supported 70 volunteers for a year in implementing and impacting projects across the country.
Since 1999, we’ve dedicated ourselves to building solid relationships with respected Non-Profit Organisations, who’ve helped us invest more than R1 billion into a wide range of community initiatives. We are proud to say that without our customers we would not have managed to support these causes to such an extent.
We’re determined to bring about lasting changes in the Health, Education and Safety and Security sectors, by developing innovative Information Communication Technology (ICT) programmes and mobile innovations to fast track change. Together with our corporate partners, and Non-Profit Organisations that share our values, we’re committed to developing and supporting more innovative and dynamic programmes to reach the people who need our support.