Good business 

Halls believes that business has a responsibility to contribute to the social and economic upliftment of all South Africans and we have a long history of supporting the surrounding communities. We believe in establishing strong partnerships in order to make a meaningful and sustainable contribution to those in need.

The Halls Sakha Sive Trust, a registered non-profit organisation with SARS Section 18A status, is the formal vehicle that manages Halls' investments into a number of long-term initiatives. These initiatives fall within three distinct focus areas: education, health and employee volunteerism.

The primary beneficiaries are made up of the communities surrounding the Halls Mataffin Farm in South Africa.


Halls CSI Icon

Education


Umphakatsi - Halls
Woodhouse Community Creche
Boschrand Primary School

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (ECD)
Halls co-funds Penreach's Umphakatsi project, an ECD initiative that reaches 320 children under six years of age. The Umphakatsi model includes a non-centre based approach which involves the provision of ECD services within the home. ​It also seeks to build the capacity of primary caregivers through ongoing training as well as home visits and the establishment of toy libraries to further support learning and development.


SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY CRÈCHES
In addition to being beneficiaries of the Umphakatsi project, Woodhouse and Goodhope Community Crèches receive ongoing support from Halls. These centres, ​located close to Mataffin, care for children whose parents work fulltime, are unemployed or have passed on. The centres also have drop-in facilities where they feed older children after school, assist with schoolwork and provide ongoing emotional support to those in need.

SUPPORT OF SURROUNDING SCHOOLS
Halls remains closely involved with John Mdluli Primary School and Cyril Clarke High School, both founded by Halls. Cyril Clarke was opened in 1979 and was the first black high school on private land in South Africa. Halls also has close ties to Boschrand Primary School in Phumulani where many of our staff's children are educated. Ongoing support of these institutions is ​determined by their needs.

Health


_D7H4308
_DSC8541
_DSC8694

HIV/AIDS AND ASSOCIATED DISEASES
In partnership with Right to Care, Halls arranges monthly information sessions regarding HIV/AIDS for the Halls staff and surrounding communities. These include HIV education, counselling and testing. In addition, Right to Care is also involved with TB screening at Mataffin.

WOMEN'S HEALTH
​In a partnership with Right to Care, formal education sessions are run for the female staff on Mataffin relating to women's health. 
These extend into the community and specifically deal with cervical cancer awareness, prevention and testing.

CLINIC SERVICES AT MATAFFIN
As part of an ongoing service to the local community, pensioners and staff dependents, Halls funds outsourced clinic services provided by OCSA (Occupational Care South Africa) for primary health care. This includes the services of a GP for five hours a week.

Staff Volunteerism


Buhle Home Based Care

LULA SANDLA: STAFF AWARD ENCOURAGING VOLUNTEERISM
Employees who volunteer regularly in their personal capacity qualify to be nominated for an award of R20,000, donated to their charitable cause to support its endeavours. This award is presented quarterly and aims at encouraging volunteerism amongst our permanent employee base at Mataffin.

Buhle Home Base Care is one of the recipients of the Lula Sandla Award, through the ongoing volunteering efforts of Thandi Hlatshwayo, the Halls Pecan Packhouse Supervisor. Buhle Home Base Care performs a critical function in the community at Phumulani Village, working with people living with HIV and TB, as well as with the oprhans and elderly left alone as a result of these diseases.

Mandela Day 2
Mandela Day

MANDELA DAY

As part of Halls’ ongoing commitment to Corporate Social Investment, Mandela Day presents the Halls staff with an opportunity each year to further impact the local communities surrounding Mataffin.

The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

Each year Halls identifies a number of projects to get involved in based on the needs of the communities. Each Halls staff member dedicates at least 67 minutes to activating these initiatives. Local businesses too join forces and support the Halls teams with relevant materials, supplies and services that are required. The Halls staff is eager to work together and partner with other local businesses, inspiring each other to build a better South Africa for all.