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.

• 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

We are working to finalize the total refurbishment of the sports facilities of the De Deur school complex near Walkerville. A significant number of its approximately 1,300 pupils benefit from the National School Nutrition Program, which provides a nutritious meal for pupils from the poorest families.
The original sports field of the Laerskool De Deur school will be transformed into a real modern and equipped sports center. It will have a football field equipped with an irrigation system, stands covered by canopies, and two blocks of changing rooms and bathrooms, for boys and girls, as well as independent external access for the entire school community in the area.
The structure will also serve as a springboard to be able to disseminate the Kinder Joy of Moving method to a faculty eager to be able to inaugurate and put the plant into operation as soon as possible, as soon as the developments in the country of the covid-19 pandemic allow it.

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 accommodate 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.

In 2017, a Primary Health Care Centre was built at our Walkerville plant.
This facility allows to:
1. strengthen and improve the assistance provided to our collaborators in the field of occupational health care;
2. offer to our workers medical assistance services in the field of preventive health care and general medicine;
3. extend the access to the aforementioned services to the children and, more generally, to the family members of our employees.”


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