Coronation contributes to substantive transformation

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What Coronation is doing, is not only managing people’s hard-earned money, but also striving to be a good corporate citizen by contributing to society in a meaningful way.

The motto of Sonwabo Primary School in Gugulethu reads, “We fly to reach the sky”, and true to form, the learners can be found hard at work watering the organic vegetables they are growing in their school garden. Once their produce is harvested, they serve it at the school canteen, and any excess is sold. It’s incredible seeing these young learners grasping the finances around the produce that they themselves have helped to grow, and linking what they’re learning in the classroom to what happens in the real world. This innovative way of learning is one of asset management company, Coronation Fund Manager’s, many Corporate Social Investment initiatives.

Run in conjunction with the South African Institute for Entrepreneurs, this particular initiative – the Coronation Schools Garden Programme – falls under the banner of the holistic Coronation Capsule Programme. Through the Capsule Programme, Coronation is showing its commitment to education believing that it lies at the heart of building a better future for all South Africans. Providing children with a good education in literacy and numeracy is at the core of all their corporate social investment efforts, but they don’t believe children can be supported in isolation. They require the help from their entire community to rise above their challenges and so Capsule initiatives involve the parents, the principal, and the school. The sole focus is to fulfil a child’s educational needs, followed by providing these learners with opportunities down the line.

Complimenting the Schools Garden Programme is the Principal’s Academy, which is another initiative incorporated within the Capsule Programme. Here principals are mentored by experienced former principals, and it is exciting to see how they embrace the knowledge gained from these sessions.

Anton Pillay asserts that these students are the future of South Africa, and by empowering them, they can, in turn, add value to society.

“What Coronation is trying to do, is not only managing people’s money but also contribute to society in a meaningful way”, says CEO, Anton Pillay. Along with looking after people’s savings, Coronation actively strives to be a good corporate citizen and they are going about it in an inventive manner. In addition to their inspiring Capsule Programme, they support the Young Investor Programme at the University of the Western Cape. The programme aims to bridge the gap for students between the theory learnt at school, and being able to put that theory into practice in the workplace. Anton asserts that these students are the future of South Africa, and by empowering them, they can, in turn, add value to society.

Being a people’s company, Coronation has also implemented the Coronation Lean In Programme at their headquarters. It is a platform which provides support and inspiration to their employees, encouraging them to find – and use – their voice, and in doing so, help other employees. Personal Investment Analyst, Mmabatlokoa Molefe, says that the programme has resulted in her feeling valued and heard, along with inspiring her to give more to the company, as they take such good care of her.

Through their various initiatives Coronation are successfully achieving what they have set out to do: through embracing their role as a good corporate citizen of South Africa – through the upliftment of learners and graduates, and the empowerment of their own employees – they are not only authentically reflecting the demographics of the country, but also ensuring that substantive transformation is taking place.

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Personal Investment Analyst, Mmabatlokoa Molefe, says that the Coronation Lean In Programme at their headquarters has resulted in her feeling valued and heard, along with inspiring her to give more to the company, as they take such good care of her.

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Ensuring Substantive Transformation is Taking Place

“What Coronation is trying to do, is to not only manage people’s money but also contribute to society in a meaningful way”, says CEO, Anton Pillay. Along with looking after people’s savings, Coronation is actively working towards being a good corporate citizen.

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Coronation Uplifting Communities

The motto of Sonwabo Primary School in Gugulethu reads, “We fly to reach the sky”, and true to form, the learners can be found hard at work watering the organic vegetables they are growing in their school garden.

This innovative way of learning forms part of asset management company, Coronation Fund Manager’s, many Corporate Social Investment initiatives.

Transformation Using Your Voice

Being a people’s company, Coronation has also implemented the Coronation Lean In Programme at their headquarters. It is a platform which provides support and inspiration to their employees, encouraging them to find – and use – their voice, and in doing so, help other employees.

Education Empowering Children

Through the Capsule Programme, Coronation recognises that education does not only pertain to literacy and numeracy, but that society, parents, the principal, and the school should also be incorporated.

Bridging Gaps for Graduates

In addition to their inspiring Capsule Programme, they support the Young Investor Programme at the University of the Western Cape. The programme aims to bridge the gap for students between the theory learnt at school, and understanding how an actual working environment operates.