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Bureau Veritas South Africa (BVSA), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, has launched The Ithemba Trust, an independent body, as part of its transformation journey.

Aligned to the BVSA strong social awareness ethos, the trust focuses on  empowering females from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with a focus on education of young black women in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Bureau Veritas Ithemba Trust launch

After graduation, the company will absorb the young ladies into the business and upskill them with soft skills on work readiness. Enterprise development assistance will be provided to those that wish to launch their own businesses and work will be subcontracted to them to ensure they can sustain their businesses and achieve success.  The trust will focus on beneficiaries hailing from areas in which BVSA employees live and work.

“Bureau Veritas has many long-established programmes investing in people and skills, training, socio-economic investments and procurement; so it is a natural transition for us to partner with The Ithemba Trust,” says Hennie Knight, district legal counsel at Bureau Veritas Southern and Eastern Africa. “The beneficiaries will include young black females who will ultimately grow and develop in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Furthermore, we are proud to announce that our journey has culminated in us being recognised 51% black-owned as well as 30% black female-owned.”

The independent trustees include Messrs Yvonne Busisiwe Kgame and Zwelakhe Onwell Msomi, long-standing members of the South African business communities and highly respected and passionate about education and the transformation of women. The trustees have enjoyed leadership roles in local and international corporates and the education sector; bringing a powerful combined experience set to the trust. They have also been heavily involved in non-profit organisations and charities on both local and global scales.

“BVSA is committed to the region and continues to support local legislation. We are proud to launch the Ithemba Trust and to make a difference in our society by empowering females within the STEM disciplines through education and enterprise development,” says Sal Govender, VP – Southern African Region. “We are creating a sustainable women empowerment programme that continues to create legacies and ultimately build a nation. We are poised to improve the lives of women, the backbone of society. It is our vision for South Africa to constantly exceed our client expectations through world class professionalism from a diverse and highly motivated team.”

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