Maphalane Hosts Stakeholder Engagement in Thabazimbi

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The Maphalane Disability Trust felt that stakeholder engagement session would be a key part of corporate social responsibility and achieving the triple bottom line. The trust engaged their stakeholders in dialogue to find out what social and environmental issues matter most to them about their performance in order to improve decision-making and accountability.

 

The acting Mayor of Thabazimbi Local Municipality opened the meeting and welcomed all attendees. The aim for holding this stakeholder engagement session was to increase awareness and discuss issues affecting the lives of the disabled as well as make stakeholders aware of their role in promoting and supporting people living with disabilities. With that mentioned, the idea was to form a panel and respond to the community on how Thabazimbi Government and the Maphalane Trust would implement programmes which focus on developing disabled communities.

 

Stakeholder engagement provided opportunities to further align business practices with societal needs and expectations, helping to drive long-term sustainability and shareholder value. Stakeholder engagement session was intended to help the practitioners fully realise the benefits of stakeholder engagement in their organization, to compete in an increasingly complex and ever-changing business environment, while at the same time bringing about systemic change towards sustainable development.

 

The core focus of the engagement was to shed light on the following:

  • Project sustainability
  • Non-registration of NPO’s with Department of Social Development.
  • There was also an emphasis that the Trust’s scope of operation should be increased
  • Communication that our bursaries do not only focus on the academic side of learning but also on skills training through FET Colleges
  • Response by communities in Thabazimbi to adverts for bursaries
  • Project review committee process for all project proposal

 

The Thabazimbi Stakeholder session certainly was an active dialogue with stakeholders, helping the Trust to anticipate environmental issues. Being part of the conversation allowed Maphalane to be a part of the solution as knowing who your stakeholders are, is a key investment criteria for being a socially responsible investor. The praises received by stakeholders in Limpopo for the commitment to sustainable business practices also helped with employee morale.

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