In 2006 the second Michele Ferrero Entrepreneurial Project was born

Ferrero in South Africa

The second Michele Ferrero Entrepreneurial Project was launched in South Africa in 2006.

• In 2009, a modern production plant was built in Walkerville (Midvaal) in Gauteng - one of the South African regions with high rates of unemployment - in an area characterised by a low level of urbanisation, about an hour from Johannesburg.

• The Group’s current commercial offices in the country are based in Johannesburg.

• Still in 2009, Ferrero had about 185 workers, which increased to 340 by 31.08.2016. Of these, almost 68% were female workers.

• The Ferrero plant not only produces products for the domestic market, but also for the whole free trade area known as SADC (Southern African Development Community), which, along with South Africa, consists of the following 14 countries: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Recent Social Activities

In 2017, a Primary Health Care Centre was built at our Walkerville plant.

This initiative was implemented through the re-use of some structures of the Ferrero Pavilions at EXPO 2015 in Milan (housing modules). These were first re-conditioned (to meet the needs of their new use), then dismantled, shipped - with the contribution of
the Maersk Group - from Italy to South Africa, and finally re-installed in Walkerville under the supervision of an Italian technical team.

This facility will allow to:

• strengthen and improve the assistance provided to our collaborators in the field of occupational health care;
• offer to our workers medical assistance services in the field of preventive health care and general medicine;
• extend the access to the aforementioned services to the children and, more generally, to the family members of our employees.

Primary Health Care Centre at Walkerville plant

Full renovation of the Japie Greyling School, in Walkerville (Gauteng)

Past Social Activities

Financing of the “Love Matters” project, residential seminars for raising awareness of and preventing AIDS - a disease that still affects approximately 10% of the population in South Africa, especially young people - which over 600 young people took part in.

The full renovation of the Japie Greyling School, a primary and middle school in Walkerville (Gauteng) where the Ferrero plant is located. Thanks to this project, the school: was able to significantly increase the number of students enrolled, which were about 250, before the start of the initiative, and currently are about three times as many; has been equipped to accomodate also special needs pupils; has been given a canteen where government programmes supporting nutrition for local children can be held.

The project, organised in close collaboration with the South African Ministry of Education, was part of its “94+ school projects for Madiba” Programme whose aim was to mobilise resources from private donors to support over 94 schools in the country, in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday.

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