BASA Awards 2012
Alusani is proud to announce that we were a finalist in the BASA Awards 2012 for our contributions to the Keiskamma Trust in the Small Business Award category which is for vital support given to the arts by a small company with one to two hundred full-time employees and an annual turnover of no more than R10 million.
This is a huge honor and we would like to take the opportunity to thank The Keiskamma Trust for nominating us for this award.
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is an internationally recognised South African development agency which incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates’ commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes, Business and Arts South Africa encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts. Business and Arts South Africa was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of government and the business sector, to secure the future development of the arts industry in South Africa, through increased corporate sector involvement. Established as a Section 21 company, Business and Arts South Africa is accountable to both government and its business members.
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We thought about calling this section ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ like most corporate companies do. But we aren’t your typical corporate company and at Alusani Skills & Training Network we believe in giving something back! Being a 100% woman-owned company with a staff compliment predominantly made up of hard-working mothers, we decided that a not-for-profit organisation which focused on the needs of children would be the most appropriate.
All we can say is wow…it was quite hard and a really tough job to choose from the many worthy applications that we received. But we decided that in order for our investment to make a meaningful difference in the lives of underprivileged children we needed to choose an organisation that had a clearly defined goal but that also had achieved some measurable results.
Using this set of criteria it was then relatively easy to make the final decision and this is how we decided on The Keiskamma Trust which is a truly unique South African not-for-profit organisation.
Dedicated to the holistic care of the communities that live in the area alongside the Keiskamma River; they combine health, art, music and educational initiatives in order to fight against poverty and HIV/AIDS.
We are proud to have been able to assist them to make a difference (even a small one) in the lives of the most vulnerable.
Another association that Alusani Skills & Training Network is proud to be associated with is The Jes Foord Foundation – although we do not offer financial support to the foundation, we believe strongly in this cause so we assist by hosting an annual collection with our staff for the handbags and contents needed for the Handbag Project. We encourage you to visit The Jes Foord Foundation website for more information and if you would like to contribute to this worthwhile cause we welcome any and all contributions.