Social responsibility programmes

Metlife Mall, as a leading business in the area, takes its social responsibility seriously and believes in supporting and giving back to the local community.

If you are a non-profit organisation, charity or have a project in mind that could benefit the community of King William’s Town, we are always willing to talk and see how we can help, get in touch.

Several events are organised throughout the year, with our main event being the annual Metlife Mall/DSRAC fun run/walk. Since 2009, Metlife Mall and the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) have hosted this fun run/walk.

Metlife Mall/DSRAC fun run

Metlife Mall/DSRAC fun run

This event emphasises FUN and the race caters for all ages and community groups. It focuses on schools from previously disadvantaged areas and aims to encourage the children to be part of athletics development in the King William’s Town district.

Another vital objective of this fun run/walk is to encourage the of King William’s Town community to start an athletics club that will cater for children, adults and older persons wishing to become involved in athletics and road running.

In 2009/2010 we hosted a 5km and 2km run/walk.

The 2011 the race went to another level by including both 5km and 10km distances. The 10km race is an official race of Border Athletics and caters for the more advanced runners/walkers.

The 2011 race was hosted by the Bantu Bonke Athletics Club, which received training in race organisation. This year, 2012, the race will be hosted by Dimbaza Athletics Club, with the support of Bantu Bonke AC, and is scheduled for Saturday, 20 October 2012.

Other notable projects (past and present)

SPCA
Metlife Mall supports the King William’s Town SPCA with a fund raising campaign in sponsorship of their kennels (dogs or cats) for a period of one year. The proceeds are used to keep the kennels in good condition and help the SPCA continue the amazing work that they do.

SARS
As a community service each year, when the time nears for your tax assessment to be completed, Metlife Mall hosts a team of experts from SARS on site in order to assist you with filling in these forms. They also provide an on-site office for your convenience.

Blood donation drives
A mobile unit of the Blood Transfusion Service visits the Mall on a regular basis. Blood donations help save lives and we are happy to offer this support opportunity to our visitors.

Annual golf day fund raiser for the KWT Child and Youth Care Centre
Metlife Mall vouchers are donated annually as prizes for this event in support of the Child and Youth Care Centre.

National Water Week: 5 to 11 March 2012
Buffalo City had a team on site to create awareness on how to save water. Our climate is changing, dams are drying up and a water crisis is imminent. We can all make a difference by repairing water leaks and reporting municipal leaks and burst pipes. Brochures and pamphlets were handed out with numerous self-help tips on conservation of water and minor repairs.

Community appeal on behalf of the KWT Child and Youth Care Centre
In June 2011, Metlife Mall responded to the plea for assistance as the Centre was without food. We made a cash donation which was used to purchase groceries.

The Centre is a registered non-profit organisation which aims to render services to all vulnerable children in need in the Eastern Cape. The Centre places a particular emphasis on King William’s Town.

KWT Child and Youth Care Centre: Fund Raiser Project 2010
The children of the centre made cards of two sizes for sale to the public. The objective was to sell the Christmas cards ‘In Memory of a Loved One’ and then attach the cards to one of the Mall’s Christmas trees.

West Bank School Tree Planting

West Bank School tree planting

Arbor Day 2009
Metlife Mall and West Bank Comprehensive School celebrated Arbor Day by planting Acacia Galpinii (Monkey Thorn) and Fuchsia trees. The school’s drum majorettes entertained guests before the formalities commenced. Guest speakers included representatives from the Mayor’s office at Buffalo City Municipality, the Department of Education, the chairperson of the School Governing Body and Metlife Mall Centre Manager. They addressed the scholars, and then followed with a tree planting. A finger lunch and drinks concluded the day.

Lovedale College

Metlife Mall has recently initiated a social responsibility project by working in collaboration with the Student Support Services at Lovedale College. The programme will train and develop communications and public relations students.

Sandisiwe & Sanele

Lovedale College students, Sandisiwe and Sanele

The Mall has already provided students with work opportunities by giving them practical, on-the-job training whilst working on various promotions over the last few months. Each student received a stipend for their work, as well as a testimonial from Metlife Mall to include in their curriculum vitae.

This programme is on-going and Metlife Mall is very excited to be part of this initiative.

The two Lovedale College students who worked with us during 2012 have each written a letter to report on what they have achieved by working at Metlife Mall.

Two of the students share their experiences while doing training at Metlife Mall

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