Environmental Initiatives
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 preparation.

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 actual tournament.

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 the Trust.

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.

Golf Development

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 Zola community.

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 development programmes.

“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 Minister Mbalula.

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 Group Sponsorships.

“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 Challenge Pro-Am.

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.

Youth Development

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 in 1908.

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.

Community Development

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 support.