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N3TC believes excellence in the provision of infrastructure and quality service equally demands excellence in our interaction with the communities we serve, supporting initiatives for a sustainable future and making a tangible difference to the economic and social well-being of our stakeholders.

As part of the company’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme, N3TC directs funding to establish long-term investment partnerships. The N3TC 2029 Legacy Programme focuses on developing sustainable initiatives that will help to secure the future of this transport corridor and its communities well after the Concession Contract ends.

Legacy Projects fall into four main categories:

  • Education
  • Socio-economic development
  • Tourism
  • Environment and conservation

 

Education

 

Singakwenza – Early Childhood Development (ECD)
A good beginning in life sets the path for future success. Through our support of the Singakwenza Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme, we hope to help lay solid education foundations so that children can achieve attainable goals in their school careers – and, as adults, become active role players in society and the economy. Singakwenza operates a number of ECD mentorship programmes at various crèches along the N3 Toll Route. The Singakwenza team help to stimulate and educate neglected children between the ages of 1 and 5 years. This is achieved through a mentorship and skills upliftment programme for educators and caregivers at these facilities; ongoing research; and the development of education material by using waste usually destined for landfills – items such as plastic bread bags, milk bottles, polystyrene trays and more – to create toys and teaching aids.
http://www.singakwenza.org/early-childhood-development-programme.html

 

Socio-Economic Development

 

Old Mutual joBerg2C Route Development
joBerg2C offers cyclists an opportunity to travel off-road and along trails adjacent to the N3 Toll Route, showcasing magnificent parts of our country that are not often exposed to tourists. Race organisers follow a community-driven formula to ultimately help uplift communities along the route. The stage race provides ample opportunity to raise funds for local schools, charities and welfare initiatives. N3TC’s support of the Old Mutual joBerg2C is focused on the development of mountain bike trails specifically for the race, with a long-term vision for these trails to be used by tourists throughout the year. In an attempt to further expose people to off-the-beaten-track places, N3TC hosts a special tour for supporters of the event as part of its marketing efforts.
http://joberg2c.co.za/

 

Tourism

 

N3 Gateway Tourism Association 
This tourism initiative was launched by N3TC in 2008 and continues to be funded by the company. The N3 Gateway is a thriving non-profit company that traverses KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng, also incorporating cross-border tourism with Lesotho. The N3 Gateway fosters collaborative partnerships to promote economic development through tourism in this region. N3 Gateway is proud to represent more than 1500 stakeholders who, in turn, create work opportunities for an estimated 9000 people.
http://www.n3gateway.com/

 

Environment And Conservation

 

KwaZulu-Natal Crane Foundation – Wattled Crane Breeding Centre
South Africa’s critically endangered Wattled Cranes were thrown a lifeline with the construction and operation of Africa’s first Wattled Crane chick rearing facility (nursery) on the Bill Barnes Crane and Oribi Nature Reserve in Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal. At this facility, opened in June 2014, costumed caretakers rear the chicks and teach them to forage by taking them on daily excursions to the reserve’s natural grasslands and wetlands. The chicks remain in the nursery until they are old enough to withstand the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands temperatures, after which they are moved to wetland pens, where they learn to roost in water to avoid predators at night. N3TC is a committed partner of the KwaZulu-Natal Crane Foundation.
http://www.kzncrane.co.za/bluecrane.html

 

Bearded Vulture Project
In the Maloti Drakensberg Park, N3TC is working with Wildlands Conservation Trust and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to save another critically endangered bird species: the Bearded Vulture. The company funds the construction of vulture hides in designated sensitive areas. Following the successful opening of the first Bearded Vulture hide at Cathedral Peak, a second hide was officially opened at Giant’s Castle in August 2014. These initiatives provide opportunities to link tourism with conservation interventions.
http://www.beardedvulture.org/

 

Greening project for eZenzeleni settlement, Warden
In 2014, N3TC planted 2000 trees at low-income houses at the eZenzeleni settlement near Warden. This project, in partnership with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), will now add to the award-winning Trees for Homes initiative, which not only sequesters carbon emissions, but contributes to more sustainable human settlements.
In addition, this greening effort goes some way towards the development of recreational spaces in the area, transforming schools and other community centres into more sustainable environments. The trees planted by N3TC will sequestrate approximately 391 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the next 40 years and will add an additional 27 hectares of urban forest to the relatively barren Warden area.

 

Verdant Life - Green Map
Considering conservation and sustainability, N3TC supports various initiatives to conserve our country’s resources, water systems and natural habitats. It has embarked on a project with Verdant Life to protect and promote the responsible utilisation of our natural resources and to develop a “green map” for the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands area, with the aim of rolling it out to other communities along the Route. The green-map system engages communities in charting green living, nature, culture and a sustainable future.
http://sustainabilityforum.wordpress.com/