South Africans have helped raise R8.5-million (US$1.2-million) for education simply by buying environment friendly canned beverages.
Nampak is a packaging company, while Bevcan is a subsidiary of Nampak specialising in canned packaging.
The funds will benefit underprivileged pupils and millions of other school-goers through televised education programmes.
Erik Smuts, Nampak Bevcan MD, said: “Thanks to the South African public, we are thrilled to be able to contribute this incredible amount to assist with education.
“We are very happy with reaching the R8.5-million ($1.12-million) mark and we are thankful to the many people who supported the cause by purchasing beverage cans.”
Smuts added that it was not just Nampak Bevcan, but all the people of South Africa who contributed to the success of the campaign.
Nampak contributed R5-million ($701 000) towards the initiative, while a further R3.5-million ($492 000) was raised by ensuring 3% of each can sale went to the campaign.
According to Nampak, the cans are 100% recyclable and 70% of them are collected for such a purpose, making them the most recycled form of packaging.
Distribution of funds
Nampak’s initial contribution has been earmarked for the maintenance and development of science and computer labs, libraries and infrastructure at schools. It will also help boost teacher upgrade programmes and fund bursaries for students who excel in maths, science and accounting
The Gauteng schools that will benefit from this are Lethulwazi High School in Vosloorus, Amogelang High School in Soshanguve, Lebohang High School in Boipatong and Nkumbulo High School in Kwa-Thema.
KwaZulu-Natal’s Swelihle High School in Umlazi, and the Western Cape’s Belhar High School in Belhar and Luhlaza High School in Khayelitsha will also gain from the initiative.
Through its corporate social investment programme, the packaging company has pledged a further R2.18-million ($283 000) to provide 61 pupils with bursaries.
These bursaries will be awarded to scholars who excel in maths, science and accounting at schools belonging to the Nampak Partnered School Bursaries Scheme.
According to Nampak, approximately 240 individuals have completed the company’s two-year graduate programme since 2001. From that number, 12 came from Nampak partner schools and were awarded Nampak bursaries.
To be considered for a position at Nampak, beneficiaries must first do well in their final year of high school, complete their tertiary education using the bursary, and then take part in the graduate programme.
Due to the competitive nature of the programme, graduates must have a degree in one of the following fields: accounting or finance, engineering, human resources, information technology or business systems, logistics or supply chain, sales and marketing, or production and manufacturing.
Televised education programme
The Every-Can-Counts campaign will also contribute to SABC Education, thereby benefiting pupils at schools which aren’t earmarked for upgrades or bursaries.
SABC Education will receive R2.5-million ($350 000) for content in their Matrics Uploaded show, which is broadcast daily. The show focuses on helping pupils from grades 10, 11 and 12 prepare for their final exams.
Danie Swart, head of marketing for SABC Education, said: “SABC Education is delighted to be a recipient of these funds as it is only through sponsors such as Nampak and Nampak Bevcan that we can make our show a possibility.”
The beneficiaries of the remaining R1-million ($140 000) will be announced before the end of September 2011.