WE BELIEVEIN BUILDINGCOMMUNITIES

Enza Construction believes that projects that translate into sustainable empowerment initiatives, with long term benefits to all partners, is the true measure of transformation.

Enza Construction supports diversity and has adopted an all–embracing strategy to gain competitive advantage. This approach combines a philosophy of creative, entrepreneurial thinking, strong collaboration with all stakeholders and a commitment to harnessing the strengths of all key players.

Through its proactive and positive approach to the issue of empowerment in South Africa, Enza Construction believes that its commitment to equality and empowerment will have far reaching effects throughout its spheres of influence, contributing to the greater good through a shared philosophy. .

Enza champions enterprise and supplier development, and improved performance of developing contractors through capacity building, business coaching, mentoring and collaboration – working together, in partnership to find solutions that benefit all parties.

Everybody wins!

OUR INVESTMENT IN COMMUNITIES

OURINVESTMENT INCOMMUNITIES

At Enza Construction, the success of its projects is dependent on meaningful engagement with the community, the client and other key stakeholders. Early engagement is initiated with both the community and the client.

“We are proud contributors to our community” is a core value at Enza Construction.

Enza Construction recognises the major role it plays in the communities within which it operates and as such, works in partnership with local communities, highly respected local supply chain partners, subcontractors and the public sector, who share Enza’s vision of broad-based empowerment and transformation. The company also supports local employment initiatives and ensures that all contractual empowerment targets are met.

Engagement

At Enza Construction, the success of its projects is dependent on meaningful engagement with the
community, the client and other key stakeholders. Early engagement is initiated with both the community and the client.

With all stakeholders, Enza’s objective is to build credibility and trust,develop support structures
and establish champions for the project.

Community Buy-in

This engagement process also allows for the leveraging of existing community assets and resources for the project. It also enables the early identification of external issues that may hinder or pose potential threats to the successful completion of the project and enables the business to address these as soon as they are identified.

Community buy-in is key.

How Does it Work?

‘We build strong relationships within communities via relationships with ward counsellors and community representatives.’

Each project is assigned a Community Relations Manager responsible for the initial pre-planning phase of the project which includes articulating the vision and the stakeholder engagement and partnership development plan.

Proper investment in pre-project development is essential to ensure that all decisions are well informed and the business has the ability to leverage support from a diverse pool of local stakeholders to ensure long term financial and operational stability. Communities are an integral part of infrastructure and construction projects and must be seen as rightful participants in the project.

The Community Relations Manager is supported by a dynamic team of human capital specialists concentrating on transformation, organisational development, change management, recruitment, and legislative compliance. This allows for proper assessment and identification of all transformation and empowerment requirements, while ensuring that community needs are met. Enza Construction has invested significantly in the development of this team, ensuring that the team is empowered with the necessary tools to support the project.

A gap analysis, including a skills audit, is conducted, and a framework is developed to address gaps and developmental needs. An implementation, monitoring and control action plan is then put in place, as well as a reporting and measurement mechanism for the client. Key focus areas are Management Control, Employment Equity, Skills Development, Preferential Procurement, Supplier and Enterprise Development, and Socio-Economic Development. Client Liaison Officers are appointed from within the community, and, together with the Community Relations Manager, a resourcing schedule specific to the project is drawn up.

The targets for community involvement, as well as the technical skills required for the roles, are matched with the specific population, to create job specifications for every potential vacancy, both immediate and long term. The project then recruits based on these requirements, ensuring that a skills match for the role, is addressed.

Candidate Identification

Suitable candidates are identified from within communities for skills transfer through work place assessment, and/ or learning ability assessments. This process ensures long term individual sustainability, as well as broader family support and community impact. The Company also provides life orientation skills programmes on its projects, including HIV awareness, finance management and computer literacy.

Local Company Involvement

Companies within the local community are also identified, to ensure local subcontractor and supplier involvement on projects. Enza Construction manages this process in its entirety, via advertisements in local media, the establishment of a vendor database, and leads, through negotiation with the local community.

On a recent project, Enza facilitated a co-operative amongst some of the local subcontractors, resulting in the joint co-operative’s ability to obtain settlement discounts and early payments. This is testimony to the company’s mutual commitment to project and community interests.

Sustainable Empowerment

Various non-profit organisations within the community in need of health, education, sport and / or cultural support are identified for assistance.

Following a validity assessment, selected beneficiaries are identified for support, with the intention that the empowerment is long term, and sustainable.

DEVELOPING BLACK–OWNED AND WOMAN- OWNED BUSINESS

Enza Construction has developed welldefined, formalised Supplier and Enterprise Development Programmes for its blackowned and black woman-owned partners. These programmes are overseen at project level, and managed by the empowerment team.

Enza’s clear empowerment management methodology ensures that mutual trust and honesty is established early in the project, promoting openness, transparency, and innovation.

A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANY

A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANY

Enza Construction is committed to a culture of giving back and building South African communities, because it is only through growth that our nation can prosper.

In 2020, Enza Construction, in consultation with community Day Care Mothers developed an Early Childhood Development Programme, that strives to develop sustainable and uplifting initiatives that have a lasting impact on young children from previously disadvantaged communities across South Africa.

The model is based on these principles:

  • Sustainability – encouraging independence and autonomy of community initiatives
  • Collaboration – initiatives that are informed by and co-developed with the community
  • Research – Community projects based on thorough investigation
  • Culturally-sensitive practice – an awareness and mutual respect for community culture/ethos
  • Developing authentic and mutually respectful relationships with relevant stakeholders