Ruwacon is committed to the development of its people. Considering the current skills shortage in South Africa, we are pursuing meaningful training initiatives that offer our people the opportunity to develop themselves. Our efforts are predominantly based on artisanship’s for previously disadvantaged individuals within our company as well as a bursary scheme for technical students and in-service training. Training programmes such as EPWP are also pursued in an effort to contribute to the upliftment and empowerment of the respective communities in which Ruwacon operates.
As part of our bursary scheme, Ruwacon provides full funding for previously disadvantaged individuals completing their building / civil studies. A number of these students are completing a construction course at the National Institute for the Deaf in Worcester. Despite their hearing disability, four students who completed their courses have already joined Ruwacon’s workforce.
Ruwacon actively supports Cheetah Kidz. This initiative offers children from previously disadvantaged communities in Bloemfontein the opportunity to take part in programs where they are taught the basic rugby and life skills in an effort to identify and develop talent amongst these children.
Child Welfare in Bloemfontein was in desperate need for a satellite office in Rocklands in Bloemfontein since many of the children in need of care and assistance live in this area. Ruwacon, together with a number of sub contractors assisted by donating containers that were renovated and converted to office space to provide Child Welfare with much needed offices to work from.
True to Ruwacon’s belief, we continue restoring buildings as well as building the surrounding communities. The company embarked on a project to upgrade the facilities of two local schools in Bloemfontein, Tswellang Special School and Ihobe Primary School. Tswellang is a school for learners with severe physical disabilities coming from previously disadvantaged communities across the Free State. Several classrooms at Tswellang were renovated and the bathroom facilities were upgraded in an effort to improve the educational environment of these learners. The roof of Ihobe Primary School was repaired and the existing building repainted.
Jean Webber Home in Bloemfontein is a facility for disabled and marginalized people such as those affected by HIV / AIDS. Some of residents of this home are completely dependant on the care and assistance of the staff at Jean Webber Home as many of them do not have the favourable support of their families. The home is therefore under severe financial strain in an effort to care for the extensive needs of these residents. Ruwacon donated generously to this cause in an effort to assist the Jean Webber management to continue with their selfless task of providing in the every need of these residents.
Ruwacon implemented a formal Enterprise Development Program in order to effectively contribute towards Enterprise Development.
The objective of this program is to assist each developing contractor in reaching independence and sustainability by addressing areas of development as identified in the BEE Codes of Good Practice.
A needs analysis of each SMME is done to determine exactly where the needs for development in the organization might be. This analysis is done on various functional areas of the organization including finances and administration, legal compliancy, tendering, purchasing, cost control, programming, technical skills as well as labour and general management skills.
After the needs analysis is completed, a business development plan is compiled based on the needs as identified in the analysis. Certain individuals in the SMME will be identified as protégés and enrolled in a mentorship program. This program entails skills transfer and mentoring on all hierarchical levels of the organization in order to ensure skills sustainability on each level in the organization
All Ruwacon resources are made available to assist the development of the SMME by whatever means necessary, whether it is mentoring or systems transfer and establishment.