In our bid to reduce our carbon footprint we have taken a practical approach to sustainable empowerment in the following ways (amongst others):

  • We have an environmental clause in all our mandates that require meetings (where possible) not to be held during peak hour traffic and allow staff to work flexible hours
  • We have planted 180 trees in Thembisa for all the furniture that we bought for our offices;
  • We do not receive our news papers delivered to the office instead we read all our newspaper publications online;
  • Where possible using public transport including the Gautrain;
  • When travelling to client sites, we travel in one vehicle;
  • We email our invoices to our clients instead of printing and posting it;
  • Donated solar panels to Greenpeace Africa for COP 17; and

We, at black lite, believe that a fundamental principle of an empowered business is one that  not only views success through the prism of profit  but also appreciates the need to focus on environmental sustainability while addressing BBBEE, transformation, climate change and renewable energy in an integrated manner.

Ubuhle Bezwe Child Care Center

The black lite group is committed to transformation and even though we are not required to contribute to Socio-Economic Development (because we are an EME) we have taken the strategic decision to invest in the welfare of our host communities.  In 2012 we adopted an orphanage called Ubuhle Bezwe Child Care Center that serves vulnerable children in Tembisa.  We chose Tembisa because two of our staff members lived there and approached us for assistance.  Barbara Mthimkulu who runs the orphanage, which started when a maternity nurse was asked by a desperate mother to look after her one day old twins and this call of duty, has now lasted over 10 years.

black lite having witnessed the plight of this orphanage first hand decided without hesitation to support the great work that Barbra is doing.  It is our belief that it takes a community to raise a child and therefore Barbra needs to know that she is not alone.  All our staff pledge R67 of their salaries each month.  This is matched 3 to 1 by the company.  We as the Black Lite family believe that Madiba’s legacy should not only last for a month but it should be there all the time.  The orphanage does not receive any other form of support other than that of Black Lite and are thus totally reliant on our monthly sponsorship for their survival.  Barbra has a positive impact on the kids she takes care of and all the kids are in school and are being taught values that will hold our society in good stead.