Community report

Community report

Contributing to community upliftment

Economic growth is closely linked with the distances people are able to travel; more travel means greater economic activity and societal wealth.


The existing socio-economic challenges in South Africa have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis with depressed growth, increasing unemployment levels and high social vulnerabilities. During this trying time, we have remained grounded in our belief that we can use mobility for good, continuing to drive positive socio-economic impact, strengthening our relationships with our stakeholders, creating employment, growing the automotive industry, and making a difference in the lives of our people and communities.

Transformation report.

In July 2021, South Africa experienced dramatic violence with destruction and looting ravaging some provinces and creating fear and uncertainty. This event highlighted the vulnerabilities and deep divide our communities still experience. Of immediate concern were those of our 4 500 colleagues either based in KwaZulu-Natal or who have family living in the province. During this time, our operations rallied together to ensure we had a good understanding of the situation and how we could help. The leadership and care shown among the Motus team was exemplary. Aligned to our values to make a tangible impact in communities, Motus donated R5 million to food and medical relief efforts in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

Strategic priorities

Our CSI strategy is to identify long-term initiatives within our chosen pillars – education and skills development, road safety, and health – that enable us to make a difference to and alleviate the needs of the communities in which we operate. We aim to allocate 70% of Group CSI spend to these pillars. Individual businesses within the Group support additional projects that meet the specific needs of their local communities.

How we measure our performance

As our flagship CSI projects are longer term in nature, we are able to build stronger stakeholder relationships, working together to achieve predetermined objectives, deliverables, and expectations. Some projects are monitored against service level agreements. The Group's CSI spend is independently assured annually.

Governance of social impact.

  • Measuring the impact and sustainability of our community projects.
  • Prioritising the increasing need for immediate assistance to social issues against investing to establish longer-term social projects that in time can sustain themselves, reaching larger numbers of beneficiaries.

What we are doing

Education and technical skills development

Our support of education initiatives aims to build a strong pool of talent from which to source tomorrow's leaders.

Youth Employment Service Programme

In February 2021, we launched our YES Programme, a corporate initiative in South Africa to provide work experience opportunities to unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 29. The YES Programme was launched in 2018 by President Cyril Ramaphosa, encouraging the private sector to partner with government in creating critical work experience opportunities for young people. At the end of June 2021, the initiative had created over 57 000 learning opportunities for young people and injected approximately R3,2 billion into the economy through salaries.

Our programme will run to June 2022, providing work opportunities for over 400 unemployed youth, across our different business segments as well as with our CSI partners Unjani Clinics NPC (non-profit company) and the Imperial and Motus Community Trust. Roles will include sales administration, warehouse picking clerks and entry sales cadets. These roles are not vacancies but have been specifically created for the programme participants.

All participants will be provided with a one-year fixed-term contract and a mobile device for ongoing monitoring and training. Participants will receive 12 months of on-the-job experience and attend ongoing learning opportunities through the YES Programme. Motus will pay the participants directly and we will pay the YES Programme a subscription fee. Our investment in the initiative is budgeted at R5,2 million in F2021 and R8,0 million in F2022.

Learners will receive support in the form of supervisory oversight, bi-monthly assessments, and mentorship. Given our focus on mobility, we are also providing the funding and tutoring to assist YES participants obtain their learners licences as well as lessons towards their driver's licence.

In addition to positively contributing to this much needed societal imperative, the programme has enabled us to improve our B-BBEE rating and given us the opportunity to expand the talent pool not only for ourselves, but for the industry.

The YES Chief Executive has noted that a recent survey of YES alumni showed that 42% were employed full time, indicating that the YES Programme is making youth more employable despite a lack of formal education.

Onboarded youths

Motus Technical Academy

1 839 motor artisans trained with 1 377 trained for the broader motor industry

(F2020: 1 435)

893 apprentices trained were paid by Motus – 83,4% are black

(F2020: 795)

373 artisans qualified during the year with 69% being from other companies
82 qualified apprentices were hired by Motus and are part of the feeder pipeline for critical workshop positions

(F2020: 95)

The Motus Technical Academy1 is the largest training academy for motor artisans in South Africa and addresses the critical shortage of technical skill in the automotive industry. It offers full apprenticeships and learnerships for motor, diesel and motorcycle mechanics, auto-electricians, and spray-painters, as well as skills programmes and short courses. It comprises accredited artisan training institutions in Gauteng, Western Cape, and Bloemfontein (four institutions in total), training around 1 800 apprentices and technical workers annually for both Motus and the broader industry. The Academy employs 27 trainers (F2020: 27).

In a joint programme with the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Academy is supporting the government's largest project under the National Skills Fund. The three-year project aims to train 600 artisans at a cost of around R97 million. The initiative ends in the 2022 calendar year.

Over and above the YES Programme, Motus also offers its own learnerships for unemployed learners, providing them with technical or business skills development and workplace experience while earning a monthly stipend. Our apprenticeships and learnerships address youth unemployment, developing quality artisans and making them more employable in the vehicle industry.

The Motus Family Bursary Fund assists qualifying employees in the South African operation with the costs to send their children to selected South African tertiary institutions from the second year of study onwards. R8 million is being disbursed through the fund over three years (2020 to 2022). Six beneficiaries are being supported in the 2021 calendar year, with each student receiving R42 000 (2020: nine beneficiaries).

Leadership and people capabilities (including learnerships).

1  Programmes are accredited by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta), the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations and the National Artisan Moderation Body.

Imperial and Motus Community Trust
(partnership with the National Department of Basic Education)

Commitment to the Trust

R5 million Our minimum contribution each year to F2025. Motus brands provide funding over and above this amount

Investment during F2021

R11,7 million (F2020: R5,6 million)


52 school resource centres, reaching over 61 300 learners and assisting over 1 600 teachers (F2020: 45 resource centres, reaching over 50 250 learners and assisting over 1 400 teachers)

Jobs created

65 trained people employed full time, many of whom were unemployed people from the communities where the resource centres are located (F2020: 69 people employed)

The Imperial and Motus Community Trust aims to develop reading skills from a young age. During the year, the Trust established a further five fully equipped resource centres with libraries at public schools in Johannesburg, reaching a milestone of 52 facilities over 18 years. The facilities benefit school children and their wider communities with easy access to information and education materials.

Resource centres were established at Intokozo Primary School in Katlehong (September 2020), Goede Hoop Primary School in Reiger Park (October 2020), Palm Ridge Primary School in Katlehong (February 2021), Umkhatizwe Primary School in Tokoza (February 2021), Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School in Sebokeng (February 2021), and Siviwe Primary School in Sebokeng (June 2021).

We have supported the Trust since 2003, have two trustees on the Trust's board and provide an operational oversight role.

The literary-focused facilities give children in under-resourced public schools access to books from Monday to Saturday. The resource centres are also stocked with interactive boards and computers, and provide access to the internet and other media, encouraging learners to find information and online resources beyond what the schools provide.

An example of a refurbishment project is the new resource centre at Palm Ridge Primary School. The project entailed building the reading rooms, polishing floors and carpeting reading areas, installing security doors and blinds, preparing over 10 800 books, charts and other material required for the reading programme, tiling and paving the outside area to accommodate chess and checkers boards, building a stage, and installing modern IT equipment.

Literacy levels at schools where resource centres have been established have shown a marked improvement, and over time the nature and content of programmes have matured to include Grade 1 to Grade 4 reading programmes, book clubs, regular spelling tests, a 'mathletics' mathematics skills initiative, and weekend and school holiday learning interventions.

The resource centre opened at Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School this year is the Trust's first facility at a secondary school. Four primary schools in the area (who are Trust beneficiaries) serve as feeder schools to Thuto-Tiro. By establishing a secondary school resource centre, the Trust has created a system where learners have access to education material throughout their formative schooling years.

The initiative helps educate the adults of tomorrow, improve community schools, employ local people, and broaden the knowledge of eager learners.

2021 performance and looking forward


  • Through our involvement with NGOs working with Business for South Africa, we have supported over R10 million in reinvestment in South Africa.
  • Staff involvement in our social projects has been limited due to COVID-19.

CSI spend (Group) (Rm)

We invested R18,6 million in community upliftment initiatives (F2020: R28,1 million). Over and above this spend and after year-end, we donated R2 million to the Solidarity Fund and R3 million to the Gift of the Givers to support communities in KwaZulu-Natal following the July riots.

Of this CSI spend, 94% (R17,5 million) qualified for the B-BBEE scorecard's socio-economic development pillar. This equated to 1% of NPAT, meeting the dtic Codes' target and scoring five out of five points (F2020: 2% of NPAT; R14 million).


Education and skills development
  • Of the five school resource centres established during the reporting year, Hyundai invested in two, bringing the number of Hyundai sponsored resource centres to 10.
  • Retail and Rental donated tools, equipment (computers and screens) and furniture to technical academies and schools. Isuzu donated a vehicle and engine to the Motus Technical Academy to aid its delivery of training, Ford and Mazda donated engines or parts to schools for training purposes, and BMW donated old desks and chairs, and computer screens, to the Zane Koeberg and Martie Du Plessis School.
  • Retail and Rental, which has the largest of the Group's workforces, recorded 316 hours of employee volunteering, largely for the Imperial and Motus Community Trust.
  • Mercedes-Benz donated 50 Christmas hampers to children, teachers and school staff in Polokwane, BMW Bloemfontein supported a school shoe project, and Toyota provided free vehicle services to Devland Soweto Educational campus. Nissan East Rand Mall supported Sicelo Primary in Meyerton with sanitaryware, the Live to Give Foundation to provide internet facilities for schools in Eldorado Park, and the Humanitarian Development Alliance SA, which provides school uniforms and fees to those in need.
  • Car Rental supported Rally To Read in KwaZulu-Natal delivering 24 classroom box libraries, containing 7 840 books and educational materials to twelve Northern Drakensberg primary schools, and the 4 Souls Foundation, which addresses the sustainable educational needs of underprivileged children.
  • In the UK, we provided free online health and safety training for school leavers and students.
  • We donated 60 school desks to Kaango Primary (Kenya) – enabling the school to remain open during COVID-19 with good social-distancing practices.

Road safety

Road Safety Programme

Investment during F2021

R1,3 million (F2020: R1,2 million)


Since 2011, over 1,75 million learners reached in over 2 080 schools (F2020: over 1,69 million learners reached in over 1 820 schools) 98 900 reflective sashes distributed to date (F2020: over 91 300 reflective sashes)

Highway Patrol Programme

12 patrol vehicles sponsored during Festive and Easter periods

The 'Road Safety – Powered by Motus' initiative drives road safety education and awareness across South Africa, including among schoolchildren, parents and holidaymakers. To ensure the initiative is effective, we partner with leading road safety advocates and the government to change the behaviours of road users towards more responsible road usage. The initiative comprises the programmes outlined below.

Safe Scholars Programme

(supported by the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Transport)

Started in 2011, this programme delivers an active, fun, and memorable approach to road safety messages for schoolchildren and their teachers. Primary school learners are introduced to the Department of Basic Education's 10 basic rules of road safety using fun-filled industrial theatre. Around 13 schools are visited each month and children are given reflective sashes to wear while walking along roads. In the past year and a half, the programme has also provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to schools to increase COVID-19 awareness and guard against virus transmission.

Highway Patrol Programme

The Highway Patrol Programme assists Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Pty) Ltd attend to and report on incidents along the N1/N4 toll routes, the busiest toll routes in South Africa during the Easter and December holiday seasons. We sponsor patrol vehicles to assist the concessionaire with 24-hour route surveillance and emergency support, including post-crash care and breakdown assistance, during these busy periods.

Wheel Well

Wheel Well is a non-profit organisation (NPO) in South Africa that focuses exclusively on road safety for children. Renault is Wheel Well's drop-off point of choice for parents wanting to donate used baby car seats. Wheel Well then refurbishes the seats and donates them to people who cannot afford new child seats.

South African Transport Month 2020

We changed our approach to Transport Month this year, focusing on the key role mobility plays in creating freedom, opportunities and economic growth. We trained five school librarians as road safety advocates and held two mobility-related competitions with prizes including access to a rental vehicle over a weekend and R5 000 donated towards driving lessons for South African youth.

Road safety
  • Renault provided an additional two vehicles (Triber and Koleos) to Active Education during October 2020 (Transport Month), enabling the facilitators of the Safe Scholars Programme to travel to communities and targeted public schools.


Unjani Clinics

Investment during F2021

R3,3 million, including a R2 million three-year
interest-free loan
to expand clinic operations


More than 60 700 patients provided with primary healthcare a month, averaging around 720 000 consultations each year 346 permanent jobs supported and people upskilled, including 111 professional nurses

The Unjani Clinics network empowers black women professional nurses to operate and ultimately own primary healthcare container clinics in their communities. The clinics offer an affordable, quality primary healthcare service and supply of quality medicines to those who are uninsured and under-served but employed and able to pay a small fee towards their healthcare needs. The 94 clinics located across South Africa have facilitated over 2,0 million consultations since inception with 677 161 patients served in 2021. During the year, two mobile clinics were piloted in Zebedelia (Limpopo) and Mthatha (Eastern Cape). The mobile clinics are funded by Ford SA and Global Giving.

Strict criteria guide the selection of nurses who must comply with the five-year enterprise development agreement, which also covers patient confidentiality, regulatory compliance, and responsible product use. Compliance is monitored through operational and financial audits.

Nurse education and regular updates on the National Institute for Communicable Diseases' protocols and COVID-19, enable nurses to make informed clinical decisions relating to positive cases.

Fifty unemployed young people who are candidates in the Motus YES Programme will receive the relevant skills training to support their potential employment at an Unjani Clinic.

We have one director on the Unjani Clinic NPC's board.

  • Given the intensity of the third COVID-19 wave in South Africa, we donated R250 000 to Gift of the Givers for 10 ventilators.
  • Kia partnered with the Smile Foundation (provides surgery for children with facial abnormalities), the annual Seven7 Drive (delivery of toys and other essentials to child oncology wards in various hospitals across South Africa) and Kids Kicking Cancer (teaches martial arts to sick children to help their healing process).
  • Mitsubishi partnered with Unilever and the Fitness, Health and Active Network to deliver hand sanitiser worth R7 million to 123 public hospitals based across Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Mitsubishi paid for the fuel and provided the vehicles to make the deliveries.
  • Employees in Retail and Rental and Financial Services are encouraged to donate blood to the South African National Blood Service, BMW Bloemfontein supported the Katleho cancer home, and Car Rental provided transport to vaccination sites for teachers in the Western Cape.
  • We donated 10 000 masks, 10 000 disposable aprons and gloves to the Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe (Malawi), and 4 000 masks were donated to airport staff in Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania).

Gender based and other community initiatives
  • Renault supported the Ntethelelo Foundation, an NPO that uses applied drama and theatre as facilitation tools for dialogue with young women and girls. The aim of the initiative is to help them build resilience and skills to foster behaviour and social change, healing and personal growth. The foundation is based in Alexandra, Gauteng, and homes 26 girls and young women.
  • Kia continued to partner with RADA (support for victims of rape, alcohol and drug abuse), the Beeld Children's Fund (donation of a Kia Picanto as the annual fundraising raffle prize), Home of Hope for Girls (provides a safe residence for children and teens facing abusive situations), and Little Eden (provides 24-hour care for children and adults with profound intellectual disability).
  • Mitsubishi sponsored the use of vehicles for three South African rugby personalities - Bafana Nhleko, Rasta Rashivenge and Jaco Peyper - who coach and referee children in local communities.
  • BMW Bloemfontein supported Ons Kinderhuis (a home for special needs children), and donated trophies and medals to the correctional services soccer and netball weekend.
  • Car Rental contributed to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Door of Hope Children's mission, and Malamulele Onwards (improves the quality of life for children with Cerebral Palsy).
  • Europcar continued to support the informal community in the south of Johannesburg located on Plot 142, Kromvlei, an initiative started three years ago. It provides food, hygiene and basic household cleaning products, and gas for cooking, supporting 15 children, two mothers and a grandmother in the community. Europcar also sponsors the local community school, Elethu Themba Combined School and its school excursions.
  • In the UK, we supported a local charitable organisation that helps the local community, recycled waste wood to build garden planters for the local community, and sponsored 'litter picking' events in surrounding towns and villages.