Support For Charities Gives Durban ICC A Human Face


When it is not bagging global awards for its excellence as a conference venue, the Durban ICC helps pack meals for hungry children, helps pupils access free physics and chemistry classes and supports HIV/AIDS campaigns.

For the past two decades, the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre complex has played an active role in supporting community projects and especially those which invest in the lives of young people.

The Durban ICC, which is gearing up to celebrate 21 years since its doors were opened on Friday 8 August 1997 by former President Nelson Mandela, ensures that its values and culture are portrayed through the myriad social responsibility programmes it hosts as a means of demonstrating its commitment to the development of South Africa.

Lindiwe Rakharebe, the CEO, said, "In addition to the important role which the Durban ICC plays in generating economic impact for the city, province, country and continent, the company also embraces its own responsibility
to participate in corporate social investment projects which make a direct positive impact in its local communities. Between July 2017 and March 2018, the Durban ICC support in terms of venue hire, food, gifts and finance support for various charities totalled R650 000.

The company's CSI focus is aligned to the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development which include, among other initiatives, the elimination of poverty and hunger, the promotion of good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality and affordable and clean energy."

Some recent CSI initiatives are as follows: Rakharebe concluded: "CSI gives our business a human face. The responsibility of our country's future depends on our collective efforts as a nation and we are committed to uplifting the lives of those less fortunate around us."