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Shoprite expands solar PV project
The Shoprite Group now generates enough electricity to power over 1 100 households - 12 300 MWh of electricity - a year from solar energy, following the installation of rooftop PV (photovoltaic) panels at 19 sites in South Africa and Namibia.
Sanjeev Raghubir, Shoprite’s Group Sustainability Manager, in conversation with Refilwe Moloto
on Cape Talk
Since the start of the national lockdown, the Shoprite Group has donated more than R53 million in surplus food - over R300 000 per day for the past 185 days - to various organisations tasked with feeding the hungry.
Community organisation’s long-term partnership with retailer bears much fruit
Lydia Hlophe's, founder of the Yenzanathi Community Development Project in Kwanyuswa in KwaZulu-Natal, partnership with the Group started in 2016 with an 18-month investment in the food garden that continues to supply fresh vegetables to the soup kitchen run by Hlophe.
We’re hard at work to ensure that 100% of our plastic packaging is reusable and/or recyclable by 2025. We are already using 4 000 tons of plastic returned annually to our distribution centres to produce our 100% recycled and recyclable plastic shopping bags.
When Susan Davies retired 16 years ago she wanted to help disadvantaged people in the area, so she established the Catch Community Centre in Gonubie, Eastern Cape. With Checkers’ help, she is reinvigorating the food garden that provides fresh vegetables for 120 families.
Support for preschools includes education and governance training, meals for the children and critical structural upgrades. Recently 15 preschools in and around Kathu in the Northern Cape benefited from an extensive teacher training programme.