Social and relationship capital
Hyprop believes in engaging our society and contributing to sustainable projects within the communities that surround our properties. The Hyprop Foundation was established in 2013 to focus the company's CSI programme on addressing identified needs in those communities affected by our business operations.
The foundation's long-term vision is to ignite a culture of participation by our people and all stakeholders through sustainable initiatives that create value in the short, medium and long term by focusing on four key areas:
- Community upliftment
- Health and wellness
- Environmental upliftment.
The foundation's budgets and projects are approved and monitored by the social and ethics committee. In line with the objective of involvement, funding is generated through a system of Hyprop employees and relevant stakeholders (e.g. retail tenants) contributing their time and resources to identified initiatives, with the value of involvement converted to a Rand value. Funding contributed by Hyprop for the year grew by 19% to R1,9 million (2017: R1,6 million).
All potential beneficiary partners are screened by the Foundation's management committee and Hyprop remains involved in each initiative past the point of inception. To identify meaningful projects and beneficiaries, it considers the measurable impact prior to resources being allocated. Employee engagement is encouraged at this stage of the process and employees are entitled to nominate projects and beneficiaries, which will be reviewed by the foundation management committee. The decision to proceed is based on the proposal's alignment to our core business and the foundation's stated objectives.
As in prior years, the foundation's key challenge remains the overwhelming need for assistance and the resulting volume of applications, with the aid requested often exceeding available funding.
St Vincent's School for the Deaf
The foundation supplied funding to the school that enabled the school libraries to install e-readers into each library within the educational phases of the school. The learners are now able to access over 40 000 books at no cost and have access to fiction and non-fiction work in a safe, learning conducive environment.
LEAP Science and Maths Schools event at Canal Walk
LEAP's approach to education is multifaceted with interventions staged at different levels. Through initiatives aimed at different target groups they have created an education alliance that brings sustainable change. From learners to teachers to community leaders and education stakeholders, they have a broad network of partners that form the LEAP learning community.
LEAP Science and Maths Schools provide free education to students from high-need communities, and have mathematics, physical science and English as mandatory subjects. The school day is extended (nine hours), and they have Saturday classes and formal holiday programmes.
Every LEAP school is partnered with a more privileged school as well as township schools in the community the school serves. This three-way collaboration creates the opportunity to share excellence in all spheres.
The second annual, award winning Mandela Mosaic saw hundreds of people at the Canal Walk Centre devote their 67 minutes in honour of the late great statesman, Mr Nelson Mandela.
The event was held in the food court and 20 400 tins of food were used to build a larger than life mosaic of Madiba.
Funds donated were fully utilised by the Kwakhanya Early Childhood Development Programme in Khayelitsha where children from local communities enjoy the benefit of well resourced and professionally run preschools.
The Kwakhanya centre is a community hub for early childhood development and the donation enabled the trust to reach:
- 74 vulnerable babies, toddlers and children attending the award-winning Kwakhanya Preschool
- Principals and practitioners from 72 surrounding township preschools attending a practical learning programme
- Over 550 preschools getting assistance from the registration help desk, supported by a dedicated zoning service helping with the drawing and submission of their building plans as required for registration.
Children attending the school are continuously assessed to ensure that they achieve their developmental milestones. The school provides a space where trainee practitioners (teachers who work in township preschools) can practice their new skills under the professional supervision and mentorship of the permanent staff.
The Hyprop school bursary initiative ran successfully for a third successive year. Hyprop continues to support education as a key objective in contributing towards a sustainable future for the children and relatives of its employees. We are an organisation which believes that investing in education yields the greatest return for our nation.
All Hyprop staff with school going children from preschool to grade 12 can apply and will be approved subject to the project's terms and conditions.
University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) partnership – student social space design competition
The Hyprop Foundation sponsored a design competition held by the Wits School of Architecture and Planning. The competition was held at the end of the first academic week in mid-February and used a design lecture day to enable all architecture students to participate as part of their academic programme. It was a "vertical studio" in which each group comprised students from different years of study, which was a great introduction to design for the new first year students.
The participants were briefed to create an inclusive space for students which would encourage integration and interaction, and explore creating a communal space that expresses the "modern" student and what it means to socialise as a member of a learning community on campus, and while this would be a prototype for all users, it should express the specific needs of students in the School of Architecture and Planning and the School of Construction Economics and Management, where students are able to work safely in a studio context after hours.
The multi-use space would need to accommodate up to approximately 200 people, where work can be exhibited and discussed, where the work is safe from theft or vandalism, where informal parties can be held, and where students work can be promoted to future employers or sponsors.
Submissions had to comply with:
- Safety and security requirements
- Disabled accessibility
- Issues of sustainability
- Low maintenance.
Three possible sites of intervention were selected and each group entering a design, could select one site for their project design. The designs were judged by a panel of industry specialists in conjunction with university staff.
Hyprop has been invited to sit on the advisory board of the School of Architecture and Planning.
The Couture Educational Foundation
Villioti Fashion Institute is an accredited tertiary institution that takes pride in making the ordinary extraordinary.
The foundation was established to afford highly talented people from underprivileged or otherwise disadvantaged backgrounds with an opportunity to pursue a career in fashion design by granting bursaries, scholarships and awards to select candidates.
All scholarships, bursaries or awards granted by the trustees in respect of study research or teaching are subject to the expectation that the beneficiary will apply the knowledge obtained from the study immediately in South Africa for a period at least equal to the period of the study.
The Hyprop Foundation provided bursaries for three students studying towards a diploma in fashion on a full-time basis at the Spero Villioti Design Academy.
Launched in 1995, Casual Day is South Africa's leading fundraising and awareness campaign for persons with disabilities and is the flagship project of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). Each year on the first Friday of September, South Africans are encouraged to go to work or school dressed differently – either dress up or dress down - and to wear the official Casual Day sticker to show their support for persons with disabilities.
The theme for the 2017 Casual Day was "Let's celebrate our diversity!" This gave us the chance to show everyone who we really are as all the Hyprop staff were given their Casual Day stickers from the Hyprop Foundation and encouraged to participate and join in the themed day.
Mould Empower Serve (MES)
MES believes in a space where hope is possible, where values and norms are nurtured, where the disempowered are empowered, where human potential is developed and where dignity is restored. MES provides services regardless of age, religion or sexual orientation.
The residential care programme provides safe and secure accommodation to the homeless and vulnerable community in overnight shelters. The Hyprop Foundation is actively involved in assisting with the refurbishment of shelters.
During the latter part of the 2017 financial year Hyprop contributed to repairing, upgrading and renovating the Uthandweni Women's shelter. As part of upgrading of this facility, 20 bedrooms were added as well as additional bathrooms.
Hyprop assisted financially with upgrading of the MES head office to ensure the creation of a safe and uplifting environment for the employees. These projects were ongoing during FY18.
MES runs a youth enrichment programme which offers a safe haven to children, through empowering children and the youth not to fall victim to their circumstances, by establishing and nurturing a spirit of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity through spiritual, social, academic and art programmes. The second aspect is to encourage a culture of volunteerism among the youth of South Africa. The Joshua programme gives this opportunity to young servant leaders, who play a key role within the youth enrichment activities, such as holiday programmes, after school centres and the uplifting, encouraging and mentoring of future generations. Hyprop contributed to the upgrade of The Joshua's sleeping quarters as well as assisting with the holiday programme which runs twice a year.
MES launched their gymnastics programme five years ago with Hyprop Foundation. During the past year 185 young people were accommodated in the three ECD centres and another 20 from the primary school. The coaching takes place in partnership with Visions Gymnastics who provides two coaches to teach the children.
Wits – energy and water project
The Hyprop Foundation contributed towards an initiative undertaken by Wits "the Build Design Precinct Sustainability Project". This project is an ongoing project that will initially begin with carrying out a monitoring programme of the electric and water consumption of three buildings within the School of Architecture and Planning at Wits:
- John Moffat Main Building
- John Moffat Extension
- New John Moffat Building.
The 2017 Arbor Day benefited two schools. These were MC Weiler Primary School and Highlands North High School.
MC Weiler is a primary school in Eastbank, Alexandra, Johannesburg. The foundation contributed by erecting a school fence, planting trees and donating seeds for their vegetable garden.
Highlands North High School is a boys' high school established in 1939, situated on 4th Avenue in Highlands North, Johannesburg. The foundation contributed by revamping the school gardens, donating trees, manure, garden utensils and vegetable seeds.
Health and wellness
The Hyprop Foundation continued to support the Smile Foundation during FY18. Smile Foundation is a South African non-governmental organisation with a comprehensive health care vision for children living with facial conditions. Smile Foundation together with the country's academic hospitals work together to put the smile back onto children's faces with corrective facial reconstructive surgery and treatments.
The Smile Foundation helps children in need of surgery for treatable facial anomalies such as cleft lip, cleft palate, nose and ear conditions, facial paralysis (Moebius Syndrome), burn wounds and craniofacial abnormalities.
They are currently based in 11 of the best academic hospitals in South Africa. They continually support their teams of qualified compassionate medical staff by investing in further skills development programmes, as well as the purchasing of much needed medical equipment for the departments specialising in plastic and reconstructive surgery within these hospitals. "Because every child deserves to smile."