Corporate Social Investment
The greening of the Nedbank Golf Challenge is a solid
commitment that happens mostly behind the scenes, out of sight of the
65 000 visitors expected for the 10-13 November 2016 event.
The event organisers are committed to controlling the negative impacts
of litter and irrigation, illumination and air-conditioning.
Additionally, controls are put in place to eliminate the excessive use
of non-recyclable packaging and print collateral as well as pollution
through diesel and oil spills.
Spectators are also made aware of their contribution to this
effort through signage and the distribution of the Resort Green Booklet
as well as public waste separation facilities.
The Engineering Department and Marquee managers are also
committed to ensure that the established systems such as waste
management, energy and water management, transport and overall services
provided specifically for the event are as effective and responsible as
possible. Greening the tournament includes the calculation of waste and
recycling volumes, resource use and other aspects that create or affect
the overall footprint of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Through the implementation of an effective Environmental Management System
(EMS), responsible business practices across all aspects of the resort
ensure measurable achievements.
The event footprint covers an area of over 2.5 hectares
including 62 marquees, sky boxes and production, technical areas,
public facilities and service areas with a total floor area of 11
500m2. They also construct 14 massive TVs and 13 grandstands at various
points across the course, with the two significant grandstands being at
the 1st tee and 18th greens. Trees and natural areas are left
unaffected by the construction.
In many cases, trees are either incorporated into the stand
design or pruned back to allow for the construction. When plants and
grass are removed they are sent to a nursery for the duration of the
event and they are replanted after the grandstands and facilities have
been removed. Much of the shade netting used in the construction of the
grandstands is reused the next year or recycled.
High temperatures during early November necessitate the
extensive use of air-conditioning in all venues and marquees and energy
consumption is reduced by using door retractors to contain cool air.
Water consumption at the event is directly related to toilets and food
The recycling efforts are supported by the s@s programme,
i.e. waste is separated at source by service personnel and taken to waste collection areas.
There are two waste collection and separation sites for the event; one above the tennis courts and the other behind the Spur restaurant.
All waste from the public areas, restaurants and catering facilities and on-course waste bins are brought to the central areas
where a second line of sorting into the main recovery items occurs. The recyclable materials are sold off-site.
All food waste is sorted and converted to compost at the on-site composting facility.
In 2015 eleven tonnes (11 711kg) of wet waste were composted which increased the total recycling rate of all waste streams to 86.52% of the total waste.
Liquid waste management which posed various challenges in the past is now mitigated using 1000L flow bins that will be strategically placed around the production areas to prevent waste water from ending up in water sources or potentially cause soil pollution. 23000L of waste water was contained and disposed of in the sewage system for treatment at the Sun City Waste Water Treatment Works.
The on-going success of the Nedbank Golf Challenge is closely aligned
to the commitment of Sun
City to hosting an event that ensures financial,
social and ecological sustainability.
The impact of the Nedbank Golf Challenge stretches beyond just the
Sun International, in partnership with Nedbank,
is one of
the founding trustees of The Sports Trust, which since its inception
has sponsored over 200 sports development projects and invested over
R40-million in sports development throughout South Africa.
Funding for The Sports Trust is derived largely from the annual Sports
Trust Golf Challenge, a golf day hosted at Sun City on the Monday after
the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which raises over R1-million each year for
In addition to this, Nedbank has donated over R11-million to The Sports
Trust, and the Nedbank Sport Affinity suite of products makes it
possible for Nedbank clients to support sport development for
disadvantaged communities through The Sports Trust at no direct cost.
The Sports Trust, in partnership with Nedbank and Sun International,
has made significant contributions to golf development. The Kwadeda
Golf Project is the first of its kind in Soweto, and includes a putting
green and practice nets that will be available for use by the entire
The facility and its ability to make a positive impact on the community
received a glowing endorsement from the Minister of Sport and
Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, who declared that the success of projects
such as this are to form the blueprint of the Ministry’s own sports
“The Sports Trust has since its inception been a catalyst for
meaningful change in sport and recreation. It is our intention and
resolve to draw from The Sports Trust’s expertise and models as we
shape and chart a developmental trajectory and transformation landscape
for sport and recreation for South Africa and its people,” said
The Sports Trust, Nedbank and Sun International have also made
significant contributions to golf development through the provision of
golfing equipment to the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB)
totaling over R500 000 annually for the past few years.
“As a founding trustee of The Sports Trust and a longstanding partner
of Sun International, it is rewarding to see the benefits of our
relationship extending to communities in need. Through Nedbank Golf
Challenge related projects we are able to raise much needed funds for
golf development in South Africa,” said Andy Scott, Head of Nedbank
“The funds received from The Sports Trust will be specifically applied
to purchasing golf kits for our juniors, coaching toolkits for the
learners in our Long Term Athlete Development Programme and equipment
for the juniors in our Elite Squads around the country,” said Selwyn
Nathan, Chairman of the SAGDB.
Alastair Roper, the Nedbank Golf Challenge Tournament Director, has
also confirmed that in 2012 seven SAGDB golfers will be given the
opportunity to represent the organization in the 2012 Sports Trust
Challenge, and a further three golfers will play in the Nedbank Golf
The winner of the Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open also earns the right to
compete in the Nedbank Golf Challenge Pro-Am, providing valuable
exposure and helping to generate further support for the golfers and
officials who work tirelessly to promote this segment of the game. Sun
International has also sponsored a motorized golf cart for the South
African Disabled Golf Association, for use by golfers who have lost the
mobility of their legs.
Sun International’s commitment to youth development is further
evidenced by its partnership with Scouting South Africa (SSA). At the
2012 Nedbank Golf Challenge, SSA will be given the opportunity to
showcase the scouting movement in this country, which was established
Sun International and Nedbank share the goal of SSA to address the four
major challenges facing the youth in South Africa, namely poverty;
inadequate education, job skills and a lack of employment
opportunities; the HIV/AIDS pandemic; and a collapse of the traditional
family unit and social values.
SSA will be given the day of 2 December to promote their activities,
including a stand within the Exhibition area. Forty Scouts, aged
between 14 and 18, will also be placed at strategic venues throughout
Sun City and will be handing out promotional material.
Sun City, in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services,
completely renovated the Lesetlheng Clinic. The building materials were
procured by Sun City, and inmates from the Mogwase Correctional Centre
conducted the renovations.
Nedbank provided educational resources to Tsunyane Primary School at
Lekgalong Village near Sun City to ease overcrowding in classrooms,
thereby enable children to learn more comfortably.
As part of its ongoing corporate social investment project that runs in
tandem with the Nedbank Golf Challenge, Nedbank supplied Tsunyane
Primary School with a number of educational items:
- An Edutainer, a fully-functional
classroom for the early childhood development class, which accommodates
up to 25 children
- A mobile library, which provides access
to quality reading and study material
- A soccer kit, so that Tsunyane Primary
School can proudly compete with other schools with
a clear identity
Nedbank places particular focus on education as it is the key to
creating a knowledge-based economy that will help drive our country's
growth and development. The bank has placed a major focus on North West
Province, not only because of their sponsorship of the Nedbank Golf
Challenge, but also because it is a province in need of considerable