Community & Social Responsibility of PG Tops

PG TOPS and LUXURY SAFARIS are committed to a three-tiered approach to social sustainability and good corporate citizenship:

1. SOCIAL OUTREACH

We are involved on an annual basis with the Santa Shoebox Project, a national initiative that packs Christmas boxes for underprivileged children countrywide.

A mention of Christmas conjures up a medley of happy memories for most of us – quality time with family, endless feasts and fine wine, holidays and happy days in the sunshine. For those less fortunate it’s often a tough time of year however, which is why we believe it’s so important to support initiatives such as the Santa Shoebox Project.

In 2006 they delivered 180 shoeboxes to children-in-need in Cape Town for the first time. Over the past decade the Santa Shoebox Project has grown in leaps and bounds, with a total of 551 979 boxes distributed throughout South Africa and Namibia to date! They are distributed to more than 1 000 recipient facilities, through more than 60 satellites around South Africa and Namibia.

This success can largely be attributed to the personal nature of the project – donors give gifts to children whose names, ages and genders are known. As you can imagine this fits right in with our approach, and both Luxury Safaris and PG Tops are proud to support the project, which relies on an extensive network of volunteers and backing of various corporate sponsors pledging monetary or pro bono support.

We have committed to packing 100 boxes this year, please get in touch if you’d like to sponsor a box for R200.

2. INTERNSHIPS AND SKILLS TRANSFER

Recognising that a lack of applicable skills, shortcomings in our tertiary educational system and general lack of employment are some of the greatest challenges faced by South African society, we are involved in several different initiatives. These take the form of in-company internships to first time job seekers, mentorships to emerging tourism businesses through our involvement with SATSA, and in-house skills development for junior employees.

3. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

We do recognise that, as a predominantly touring company, we have a significant carbon footprint. We try to minimise this by limiting our wastage of plastic by steering away from plastic water bottles. We are a conscientious water consumer and we are Fair Trade accredited. Our preferred industry suppliers in Cape Town for third party product are Marine Dynamics and Aquila Safari, and both companies have been vetted to the highest standards of environmental sustainability.