Empowering people to empower themselves

The Story

Through the collaboration between government and the private sector in the provision of education, housing and renewable energy solutions, it is possible to sustain the much-needed growth on the African continent.

19-year-old Hlengiwe Masikane proudly displays the profusion of awards she’s amassed in return for excellent academic achievement throughout her time at school. She is a former student of the BASA School – a black-owned and -run, private school, funded by Old Mutual Alternative Investments. In addition to its excellent facilities, which include two IT labs and two science labs, what sets this school apart is the dedication of its teachers. They form a family of 360 committed individuals who truly demonstrate that teaching is a calling more than it is a profession, and who propel their pupils into succeeding in the world beyond their classrooms. This is entirely in keeping with Old Mutual Alternative Investment’s vision of helping to secure a better future for all South Africans.

Their commitment to sustainable development across the African continent is evident in the investments Old Mutual Alternative Investments are making, not only in quality education but also in infrastructure. They have a keen interest in renewable energy and believe that the effect it has on the growth of the continent has a significantly positive impact. An AIIM investment in Renewable Energy Investments South Africa (REISA) has culminated in a myriad of upliftment projects which are making a considerable difference in the lives of many South Africans. REISA’s Early Childhood Development flagship programme has seen the training and upskilling of 58 practitioners. These dedicated individuals have, through this formal qualification, been instilled with an immense sense of pride and accomplishment, and have been afforded the necessary and crucial skills to ensure that all the critical developmental stages of childhood are supported.

Through skills development and job creation, they are growing a very active economy in the area. In fact, due to the establishment of a second solar power plant at Danielskuil, also in the Northern Cape, ACWA power is ensuring the upliftment of the province as a whole.

In the Northern Cape, REISA has invested in the Dibeng Street Lights Project. Due to their dark streets at night, the residents of Dibeng had many issues with crime, but since the implementation of the street lights the crime rate has dropped, residents feel safer to be outside at night, and a sense of community is returning to the area. REISA is committed to sustainable development and instead of just hand-outs, they facilitate empowering people to empower themselves. With a passion for the improvement of business, REISA’s enterprise development programme focusses on giving SMME’s the opportunity to be more professional and independent. Happy Olyn of My Idea Gardening Services is testimony to this. Through funding and training, Happy has grown his fleet to over 40 vehicles and proudly employs 72 people. He is delighted that, through the success of his business, he has been able to help so many families.

In addition to the investments made in education and renewable energy, another of Old Mutual Alternative Investment’s objectives is to grow home-ownership amongst previously disadvantaged individuals. However, it is not merely the creation of quality, affordable housing which they facilitate, but also the establishment of integrated communities. Through their partnership with property development management company, Similan, they are able to change the mindset of what low-cost housing products should look like, and are replacing the old model with communities of people who are satisfied and proud to live there.

Responsible investment lies at the heart of what Old Mutual Alternative Investments does. They take their role in helping to secure a better future for all South Africans extremely seriously and believe that through the collaboration between government and the private sector in the provision of education, housing and renewable energy solutions, it is possible to sustain the much needed growth on the African continent.

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Encouraging A Sense of Community

Through their partnership with property development management company, Similan, Old Mutual are able to change the mindset of what low-cost housing products should look like, and are replacing the old model with communities of people who are satisfied and proud to live there.

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Seeking to Provide Quality Education

In addition to its excellent facilities, which include two IT labs and two science labs, what sets this school apart is the dedication of its teachers. They form a family of 360 committed individuals who truly demonstrate that teaching is a calling more than it is a profession, and who propel their pupils into succeeding in the world beyond their classrooms.

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Commitment to Developing Africa

Their commitment to sustainable development across the African continent is evident in the investments Old Mutual Alternative Investments are making, not only in quality education but also in infrastructure. They have a keen interest in renewable energy and believe that the effect it has on the growth of the continent has a significantly positive impact.

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Supporting Local Business Growth

With a passion for the improvement of business, REISA’s enterprise development programme focusses on giving SMME’s the opportunity to be more professional and independent. Happy Olyn of My Idea Gardening Services is testimony to this. Through funding and training, Happy has grown his fleet to over 40 vehicles, and proudly employs 72 people.

Investing in Children

REISA’s Early Childhood Development flagship programme has seen the training and upskilling of 58 practitioners. These dedicated individuals have, through this formal qualification, been instilled with an immense sense of pride and accomplishment, and have been afforded the necessary and crucial skills to ensure that all the critical developmental stages of childhood are supported.

Enabling Children to Thrive

BASA school teachers form a family of 360 committed individuals who truly demonstrate that teaching is a calling more than it is a profession, and who propel their pupils into succeeding in the world beyond their classrooms. This is entirely in keeping with Old Mutual Alternative Investment’s vision of helping to secure a better future for all South Africans.

Investing for Impact

Responsible investment lies at the heart of what Old Mutual Alternative Investments does. They take their role in helping to secure a better future for all South Africans extremely seriously and believe that through the collaboration between government and the private sector in the provision of education, housing and renewable energy solutions, it is possible to sustain the much-needed growth on the African continent.

Lighting Up The Community

An AIIM investment in Renewable Energy Investments South Africa (REISA) has culminated in a myriad of upliftment projects which are making a considerable difference in the lives of many South Africans.

Building A Community

REISA is committed to sustainable development and instead of just hand-outs, they facilitate empowering people to empower themselves. With a passion for the improvement of business, REISA’s enterprise development programme focusses on giving SMME’s the opportunity to be more professional and independent.

Enabling Students to Soar

19-year-old Hlengiwe Masikane proudly displays the profusion of awards she’s amassed in return for excellent academic achievement throughout her time at school. She is a former student of the BASA School – a black-owned and -run, private school, funded by Old Mutual Alternative Investments.

Owning Your Dream Home

Through their partnership with property development management company, Similan, Old Mutual Alternative Investments are able to change the mindset of what low-cost housing products should look like, and are replacing the old model with communities of people who are satisfied and proud to live there.