Food Gardens

Coronation has invested in the youth by helping primary school children learn to grow their own food gardens and sell excess produce at a profit.


Gugulethu, South Africa – The Sonwabo Primary School in Gugulethu has had significant investment thanks to Coronation’s Social Investment initiatives. The fund invested in the school by providing an organic food garden which sustains the school canteen and provides an additional income.

The school’s motto reads, “We fly to reach the sky”, a motto is embodied by every learner. They can be found hard at work watering the organic vegetables they are growing in their school garden. Once their produce is harvested, they serve it at the school canteen, and any excess is sold.

Not only are the learners taught to manage their food garden, but they are also grasping the finances around the produce that they have helped create. These skills are linking what they’re learning in the classroom to what happens in the real world. This innovative way of learning forms part of asset management company, Coronation Fund Manager’s, many Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives.

The Coronation Schools Garden Programme is run in conjunction with the South African Institute for Entrepreneurs. It falls under the banner of the Coronation Capsule Programme. Through the Capsule Programme, Coronation recognises that education does not only pertain to literacy and numeracy, but that society, parents, the principal, and the school should also be incorporated.

The food garden programme works on fulfilling the children’s educational needs as well as equipping them with skills and opportunities for later in life. Not only does Coronation focus on the education of learners, but they also work on providing the School Principals with useful skills.

The “Principal’s Academy” is another initiative incorporated within the Capsule Programme. “Principals” are mentored by former “principals” who hand down valuable information and knowledge.

“What Coronation is trying to do, is to not only manage people’s money, but also contribute to society in a meaningful way”, says CEO, Anton Pillay.

Being a good corporate citizen is high on the list of Coronations goals. Starting from the ground up, they work to educate as many South Africans as possible. Their reach goes beyond the primary education phase; they also assist adults with vital skills.

Coronation supports the Young Investor Programme at the University of the Western Cape. The programme aims to bridge the gap for students between the theory learnt at school, and understanding how an actual working environment operates. Anton asserts that these students are the future of South Africa, and by empowering them, they can, in turn, add value to society.

Turning their eyes inwards, Coronation also works with its employees to make a difference. They implemented the Coronation Lean In Programme at their headquarters. It is a platform which provides support and inspiration to their employees, encouraging them to find – and use – their voice.

Personal Investment Analyst, Mmabatlokoa Molefe. Credit: Regency Global / SA INC

Personal Investment Analyst, Mmabatlokoa Molefe, says that the programme has resulted in her feeling valued and heard, along with inspiring her to give more to the company, as they take such good care of her. 

Coronation set out to uplift primary school learners, school principles, university graduates and their employees. They are achieving this time and time again through their various CSI programmes. They are making a great impact in the lives of many South Africans.

As part of the #SAINC nation-building initiative, Coronation is joining a network of purpose-driven brands to share stories of positive progress in South Africa. These stories are being featured across social media in small snippets, just like the one below, but you will also be able to watch the full-length features live on television. You will find the airing times below.

28 April 2019 – eTV Open News – 18:30
29 April 2019 – eTV Open News – 15:30
11 May 2019 – SABC 2 – 14:30
02 June 2019 – eTV – 12:00
11 June 2019 – Business Day TV – 16:00
13 June 2019 – Business Day TV – 12:00

Watch a snippet of the story below:

Good Things Guy has partnered with Regency Global and Official Brand South Africa to bring you stories of how corporates and individuals are helping build our incredible nation.This week we're taking a look at an incredible South African company that has invested in more local content than ever, creating jobs and inspiring future generations to explore film and television careers.It's people and organisations like this that help move us forward!#GoodThings

Posted by Good Things Guy on Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Sources: Regency Global
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