Reunert's corporate social investment focus is on children, the youth and education. The majority of CSI funding goes towards the Reunert Learning Institute, the group's flagship project, and the Nashua Children's Charity Foundation (NCCF).

The Reunert Learning Institute

In 2023, Reunert celebrated 30 years of empowering underprivileged students by investing in their education through the Reunert College and educational programmes. This year, the college rebranded as the Reunert Learning Institute and registered as a non‑profit company. A new state‑of‑the‑art campus was opened in October 2023 on the Fuchs Electronics premises to accommodate educators and learners.

The institute’s roots stretch back to 1993 when South Africa faced a severe shortage of Black students with strong maths and science skills. Reunert created two programmes to overcome this challenge: the Reutech Development Programme in Alrode, funded by subsidiary companies within the Reutech Group, and the Reumech Advancement Programme in Benoni, funded by the subsidiary companies within the Reumech Group. Each programme enrolled and sponsored 15 learners each year. Full-time teaching in mathematics, science, English communication skills and life skills was provided. As the years progressed, subjects such as technical drawing, business skills and computer skills were added to the timetable. Additional support including mentorship, career guidance and financial allowances contributed to the programmes’ success. Bursaries or loans for tertiary studies were allocated according to merit. The first graduate joined Reunert as a permanent employee in 1997.

The Reunert College was established in 1998 as a merger of the two successful programmes. Today, the institute’s year-long programme aims to augment the maths, science and accounting capacity of a select group of school leavers. Through guidance and tutoring, essential life and social skills are entrenched, building towards successful careers in accounting or applied maths and science. Learners also receive additional life, English language and computer skills. The life skills programme and ongoing mentoring of the students (even after they matriculate) shape the attitudes and values for the workplace. Various non-academic student events take place on an annual basis. These include volleyball days, first aid training, career days, drumming events, company visits and award ceremonies.

Over 2 000 students have matriculated from the institute and educational programmes over the past 30 years. Other highlights include visits from parliamentary committees, accreditation as examination centres by the Gauteng Department of Education, the Independent Exam Board and UMALUSI, being part of the Proudly South Africa campaign, participating in the CEO sleepover initiative and partaking in the Banago Traders Entrepreneurial Sim Game. The institute has benefited from sponsorships from Peotona, Standard Bank, the JSE and the Zenex Foundation.

The institute provides talent for entry-level positions within the Group. An average of 60 students enrol annually, and the average enrolment age is 19. The current ratio is 31% male and 69% female students. In 2023, 58 Black students matriculated (2022: 41), representing a 100% pass rate.

After matriculating, top students are eligible for a Reunert bursary. This year, there were 48 Black Reunert bursars (2022: 46) studying at universities or universities of technology in Gauteng, North West, Free State and the Western Cape. The institute monitors the progress made by its bursars and alumni and provides ongoing mentorship to alumni.

The institute also contributes to improved education within communities through a Principals’ Forum, which was founded in 2003. This forum facilitates training and development sessions on different educational topics for school principals. In 2023, 12 township schools (2022: 19) took part in this initiative.

Reunert’s business units contributed R7,8 million in 2023 (2022: R7,5 million) to the Reunert Learning Institute.

Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation

The NCCF provides the following assistance to impoverished and orphaned children, and special needs facilities and schools:

  • Groceries, cleaning materials and toiletries
  • Education (which includes school uniforms, stationery and educational equipment)
  • Building additions, alterations and infrastructure such as beds, mattresses, linen and kitchen appliances
  • Special projects include Dikgale Food Drive, the annual Mandela Day and World AIDS Day commemoration
  • Sponsored outings and entertainment
  • Office automation equipment