Social Projects

Social Projects

Phambili High School

Phambili High, a public school located in the vicinity of our Durban Plant. The school was selected to benefit from a ‘whole school improvement’ initiative funded by the NPC Trust. Established 28 years ago as a ‘finishing’ school for matriculants who needed to repeat matric due to poor results – Phambili has an enrolment of 708 learners in Grade 8 – 12 and has 24 teachers .

Due to its history, Phambili has, for many years attracted underperforming learners; in some cases learners who’ve been expelled from other schools due to bad behaviour. The School management is has worked hard to transform the school which is changing the image associated with their school.

Part of the schools strategies to change its image is to ensure that the school has facilities – like a fully fledge library, science lab, computer lab and a conducive environment that will attract a good calibre of learners while improving the performance of current learners.

Our intervention at Phambili aims to support the school in their vision to transform into a fully functional and well performing centre of academic excellence.

Project Objectives

– To facilitate the provision of a conducive environment for teachingand learning

– To improve school functionality through building capacity of the school management team and teacher

– To improve learner performance

– To promote parental involvement

The Model:

> Leadership & Management

> Teacher Dev & Motivation

> Parental Involvement

> Learner Support & Motivation

> Fundraising / stakeholder

> Infrastructure

Whole School Improvement Model:


Lollypop is a partnership project between NPC Trust and Khulisa Social Solutions. Lollypop is a fully functional preschool situated in Osizweni, a township on the outskirts of our Newcastle Plant.

The preschool provides the much needed early stimulation to 285 children from 2 – 5 years. Khulisa has provided support to the school for the past two years and is responsible for engaging relevant partners for the effective implementation of the ECD model at the preschool.

Khulisa is also responsible for the implementation teacher training, parental education while the school ensure parental involvement at the school as well as safety and good nutrition for learners.

NPC Trust’s contribution of a new two classroom building with ablution facility will provide a conducive environment for the necessary and effective stimulation of the Grade R (5 year old) children.

Khulisa continues to monitor the implementation of the model and provide progress reports to all partners.

Project Objectives

– To facilitate the provision of a conducive environment for teaching and learning

– To contribute to the transformation of Lollypop from a day care (creche) facility into a functional Early Childhood Development Centre.

Project Partners

– Khulisa Social Solutions

– NPC Trust

– Department of Social Development

– Department of Education

The Model:

> Creche management capacity building

> Teacher training

> Learner support (Books, Edu toys / kit, Equipment)

> Infrastructure

> Health and nutrition

Khulanathi Block Manufacturing

Khulanathi is a Small Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) development initiative aimed at creating shared value for its partners and participants.

It is one of the vehicles for our company’s inclusive growth strategy of growing and developing together with our suppliers and communities.

A test phase of Khulanathi was implemented for a period of six months in 2014 with three block manufacturers actively participating in the project.

A number of challenges, lessons leant and engagement with the project partners during the pilot phase, led to a decision to review the pilot model.

The pilot involved working with small enterprises at their sites which proved to be less effective. The revised model of an incubation facility is currently being set-up by the Newcastle Municipality.
A Win-Win approach

Project Objectives

– Create shared value for all partners and participants.

– Create sustainable business in communities

Build sustainable partnership

Project Partners

The Model:

Murchison Primary School Library

Three years ago, NPC invested over R250 000 to the establishment of a new school library at Murchison Primary School in Port Shepstone.

The aim of this project was to facilitate literacy skills development for learners of Murchison which will improve the quality of education provided to children of Murchison community .

Murchison is a semi-rural community on the outskirts of our Simuma Plant in Port Shepstone.

NPC officially handed over the school library to the Department of Education and the community of Murchison Location in 2013.

The project comprised of a library building with necessary fittings and books for a primary school.

The library is fully integrated into the school curriculum and is being utelised to improve the literacy levels of the learners.

“NPC’s investment has a lifelong positive impact, not only in the lives of the learners, but the entire community. I urged learners and teachers to look after the resource while ensuring effective utilisation!”

Mrs Khanyi Dubazana Director of KZN School Library Services

Sterkspruit Agrihub

The Sterkspruit Agrihub is a local economic development initiative of the Social and Labour Plan for Sterkspruit aggregate.

The project is situated a few km away from the mine. – it is a partnership agriculture project funded by NPC and Ethekwini Municipality with implementation by Partner Farmer. The project aims to ensure food security for families as well as develop growers into small scale commercial farmers.

Project Components

– Skills Development and training on organic farming practices

– Monthly mentorship visits

– Access to seedlings at a discounted rate to farmers who are part of the programme

– Enterprise development training and mentorship for commercial growers

– Access to markets