FEM: Making a Difference

FEM: Making a Difference

You come back one day and you make a difference.” Nelson Mandela to Francois Pienaar.

The Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (RF) (Pty) Limited (FEM) staged its annual Health and Safety awards dinner at which the company recognises policy-holding companies in the building and construction industry who have achieved outstanding Health and Safety records.

The Platinum Special Award for exceptionally low claims over a 10 year period was awarded to Atcom Contracting, Division of Atcom

The event, held in Johannesburg on 3 November 2017, was attended by achieving companies, a host of specialists in the Health and Safety field, captains of the construction industry, economists and members of the FEM Board.

FEM’s IT Director Gys McIntosh, explained the awards criteria, saying that FEM recognises policyholders that achieve excellence in health and safety. To receive these awards, policyholders must meet or exceed very stringent criteria as set out by the Company. In addition to their normal merit rebate payment, policyholders also receive an additional rebate.

Special awards in Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum are also made to those companies with exceptionally low claims over a 10 year period. This year the Platinum Award in this category was awarded to Atcom Contracting, a Division of Atcom (Pty) Ltd., for their outstanding safety record for the period.

Winner in the High Risk High Employer category was Civil & Power Generation.

Ndivhuwo Manyonga, Managing Director, Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company

In her address to Award winners and guests Ndivhuwo Manyonga, Managing Director, Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company congratulated all winners for their special achievements, saying: “Health and safety is an investment – not a cost – and needs to be integral to the culture of an organisation. At FEM we will continue to lead the way by doing innovative things to enable organisations to achieve zero harm on their constructions sites, and thereby across the construction industry spectrum. Your achievements in this are indeed very significant and are testimony to the high priority placed on Health and Safety in your organisations.”

In welcoming keynote speaker, former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, founder of the Make A Difference Leadership Foundation (MAD), Manyonga noted with great pride the success of the R750 million FEM Education Foundation established in 2016, which, in partnership with the Make A Difference Leadership Foundation, enabled the awarding of scholarships to 28 promising students.

Francois Pienaar, founder of the Make A Difference Leadership Foundation

The FEM Education Foundation was formed by FEM policy-holders in an effort to contribute to the education system, with a core focus on generating additional skills in the building industry,” said Manyonga. “The initial sponsorship amounted to an estimated R41 million and in 2017, FEM announced a further commitment to fund 40 additional scholarships in 2018 through the MAD Leadership Foundation.”

Taking the podium, the ever-humble and greatly respected Francois Pienaar spoke of his special relationship with Nelson Mandela who, over a period of years, imprinted a range of core ideals on him, resulting in the formation of the Make A Difference Leadership Foundation.

My Captain,” Madiba said to me, “you go off and play rugby overseas, but you come back and you make a difference.”

This,” said Pienaar, “is exactly what I did,” referring to his founding of the Make A Difference Leadership Foundation in 2003.

Our mission at Make a Difference is to provide academically talented

scholars with exceptional leadership development opportunities through education” – Francois Pienaar

In his address, scholarship student Celcio Moloi described himself as “an agent of change,” who is ever-grateful to the FEM-MAD Scholarship Programme for the opportunity created for him to excel.

Celcio Moloi, an awardee of the FEM-MAD Scholarship Programme

They have become my family,” said Moloi, “enabling me in turn to make a difference to the lives of others.”

CRITERIA – FEM Education Scholarships

FEM Education Scholarships are awarded to selected high school learners and university entrants in need of financial support.

Preference is given to current grade 6-12 applicants who have a parent employed by an FEM policyholder (i.e. the children of policy-holders’ employees).

The basic qualification criteria for the scholarship include:

  • Current Grade 7 to Grade 12 learner;

  • Academic performance > 65% aggregate;

  • Must be a South African citizen who speaks and understands basic English; and

  • Is in need of financial support: gross combined income per household per month should not exceed R20 000.

Make A Difference Leadership Foundation

The Make A Difference Leadership Foundation Foundation was formed in 2003 by Francois Pienaar. With a focus on leadership development through education, their approach is to identify academically talented scholars with leadership potential, who do not have the necessary financial resources, and offer them support in the areas of education, leadership, wellness and life-skills development. MAD Leadership Foundation holistically invests in the scholars’ academic, wellness, life-skills, mentorship and leadership journeys, ensuring that through the 9+ years on the programme they are given every opportunity to reach their full potential as South Africa’s future leaders.

Photos: Natalie Field Photography

All the winners:

Special Awards

Position

NAME

Platinum

Actom Contracting – a Division of Actom (PTY) Ltd

Gold

Azcon Projects CC

Silver

Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd – SGB Cape Division (Vaal)

Bronze

Cladcon CC

Category winners

Place

Category

Winner

1st

Category – High Risk Small Employer

Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd – SGB Cape Division (Richards Bay)

2nd

Category – High Risk Small Employer

Pezula Access Scaffolding (Pty) Ltd

3rd

Category – High Risk Small Employer

Viva Access Scaffolding (Pty) Ltd

1st

Category – High Risk Medium Employer

MEI Construction and Services CC

2nd

Category – High Risk Medium Employer

Construction Maintenance Services (Pty) Ltd

3rd

Category – High Risk Medium Employer

Tubular Technical Construction (Pty) Ltd

1st

Category – High Risk Large Employer

Civil and Power Generation Projects (Pty) Ltd

2nd

Category – High Risk Large Employer

Murray & Roberts Power & Energy, a Division of Murray & Roberts Limited

3rd

Category – High Risk Large Employer

SGB Cape – Power Region – a Division of Waco Africa (Pty) Ltd

1st

Category – Medium Risk Small Employer

Vlaming (Pty) Ltd

2nd

Category – Medium Risk Small Employer

Robenco Building (Pty) Ltd

3rd

Category – Medium Risk Small Employer

Stefanutti Stocks (Pty) Ltd T/A Stefanutti Corporate Services

1st

Category – Medium Risk Medium Employer

ORO Management Services (Pty) Ltd

2nd

Category – Medium Risk Medium Employer

AMT Labour Solutions (Pty) Ltd

3rd

Category – Medium Risk Medium Employer

South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited

1st

Category – Medium Risk Large Employer

MDS NDT Consultants (Pty) Ltd

2nd

Category – Medium Risk Large Employer

Actom Contracting – a Division of Actom (Pty) Ltd

3rd

Category – Medium Risk Large Employer

Reder Construction CC

1st

Category – Low Risk Small Employer

Tibara Construction CC T/A Tibara Plumbing

2nd

Category – Low Risk Small Employer

TP Fencing (Pty) Ltd

3rd

Category – Low Risk Small Employer

AEIM Air And Electrical Services Cc

1st

Category – Low Risk Medium Employer

Amanzi Abantu (Pty) Ltd

2nd

Category – Low Risk Medium Employer

Proxa (Pty) Ltd

3rd

Category – Low Risk Medium Employer

Brencon Hire Cc T/A Brencon Plumbing

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