In a move to hone our ability to assist Governments, clients and partners in achieving infrastructure, social and economic objectives, Bigen Africa, a leading infrastructure development company, entered into a partnership with social development company, Tshikululu Sustainable Solutions. This move is geared towards positively affecting a range of development impact indicators across the various infrastructure delivery sectors.
Bigen Africa believes that the value of infrastructure development goes far beyond commercial gain and includes the sustainable and socially desirable benefits it offers communities. Our partnership with a leading expert in social development will optimise the impact of our activities in the communities where we manage projects and will further enable us to assist the South-African government in meeting its National Development Plan deliverables.
As responsible corporate citizens and partners of choice, Bigen Africa has a rich legacy of contributing to the South African government’s National Development Plan towards the delivery of multi-billion rand infrastructure, with a strong focus on the development impact on local communities around a project. For example, all development must benefit the communities beyond the commercial value or demand. For instance, a project that requires the raising of a dam wall and the construction of a hydro-power station, as is the case with the Clan William Dam, may as well become a multi-purpose facility when it includes an irrigation pipeline to assist downstream farmers, the on-site health clinic erected during the project phase may become a permanent benefit to the surrounding communities and a water and sanitation plant could be built to not only stimulate further local economic participation through job creation and capacity building, but also to provide potable water to communities.
At Bigen Africa, phrases such as ‘sustainable infrastructure’, ‘holistic approach’, ‘quality of stakeholders lives’ and ‘complete solution’ are not hollow rhetoric. Its proven expertise in engineering management consulting and development finance forms the core of a product offering that proactively seeks the best outcomes for customers, communities and African countries.
YOUR GATEWAY TO SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Infrastructure should provide access to services, reduce poverty, build capacity and generate opportunities for increased economic participation and employment – and Bigen Africa has the experience, proven track record and skills to optimise on social investments.
Our belief in “doing good while doing business” is a golden thread running through our proposals to clients and partners. They contain five key elements namely:
• Local content and participation;
• Empowerment and transformation outcomes;
• Cultural preservation; and
• Social mobility and improvements in quality of life.
Based on these elements, we have set stringent targets for both our business and the communities that we work in. These targets are linked to specifics of the five elements, namely job creation, meaningful local economic participation in projects through a range of projects that focus mainly on SMME development, targeted procurement to include women and the youth, community liaison to improve communication to communities through ward councillors, and local labour emancipation and remuneration management in consultation with the larger contractors, SMME’s and ward councillors. The Bigen Africa/Tshikululu partnership will provide us with the competitive edge to hone these elements to optimise the economic, social and environmental development impact of projects for government, our clients and communities.
The Tshikululu- Bigen partnership offers a holistic approach through best practice focussed on outcomes-orientated solutions that offer our clients and partners peace of mind in terms of investment and sustainability. Our approach is to achieve qualitative changes in the structure and framework of households, communities, societies and countries to better realise their aims and objectives in improving quality of life.
This approach supports the essence of sustainable development as expressed in a frequently-used definition, namely to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It furthermore offers:
• World-class practices, people, methodologies and systems
• Current and relevant ‘thought leadership’
• Proven track record of socio – economic knowledge
• Proven track record of infrastructure development solutions
• Development activism
• More than a decade of positive contribution to development across the African continent
• Award winning force recognised in the social and infrastructure development spheres
• BBBEE level 2
• Compliance with King III
• Professional and indemnity insurance
• Operational reach in more than 15 countries on the African continent
• Strong partnership philosophy
“The experience and objectives of both Bigen Africa and Tshikululu make us your ideal partner to participate in the government’s National Development Plan, an ambitious project that aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.
We base our decisions on a social development theory adopted by South Africa and most African countries in infrastructure development, namely to achieve qualitative changes in the structure and framework of households, communities, societies and countries to better realise their aims and objectives in improving the quality of life.
We strive to drive social and economic change through a better understanding, knowledge and application of clients’ expectations of development impacts. This approach supports the essence of sustainable development as expressed in a frequently-used definition, namely to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
We invite you to explore the potential value-add of this new partnership on your future projects and deliverables by contacting:
|Ms Fatima Collins|
|Bigen Africa SED Principal|
|Tel: 012 842 8774|
We look forward to being of service to you!