We do not think it is enough to simply plan, design and finish a project. The vision of our firm is to combine the diverse talents and professional skills of our members to respond to clients’ needs with appropriate architecture that interprets the social, climatic and political context unique to South Africa. We are also committed to the use of materials that favour labour-intensive construction techniques, and these are always implemented into our designs. This helps to maximise human resources, which in turn aids in job creation and contributes continuously towards community upliftment.
Our Corporate Conscience
The term “corporate social responsibility” is thrown around by companies and firms a lot these days, and is all too often simply window-dressing. But we take it seriously, and our CSR policies function as a self-regulating mechanism whereby our firm monitors and ensures its continual compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards and international practices. In accordance with its truest sense, our implementation of CSR goes beyond mere compliance. It engages in actions that further social good, beyond the interests of the firm and that which is required by law. Our CSR process embraces responsibility for the company’s actions and encourages a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public as well.
Our Social Contributions
- Mr Msimang is a member of the Georgetown Development Committee in Edendale. His role is assistance in fund-raising campaigns for building projects and to provide technical input during construction.
- Mr Msimang has regularly assisted the final year students of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) School of Architecture as an External Examiner since 1999.
- The Practice is one of the sponsors to the Archbishop Dennis Hurley Fund, administered in the UKZN. Raised funds are used to provide financial assistance towards tuition fees of deserving university students.
- The Practise has regularly accommodated tertiary students for in-service training and has occasionally paid tuition fees for students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT)
- Senior staff is encouraged to participate regularly in career guidance sessions to pupils of local secondary schools. Pupils are also accommodated regularly in the office as part of the schools’ career guidance week. This is in support of the requirement to increase the number of black professionals within the technical fields.
- The practise has always preferred community-based and public sector projects, as these usually provide better scope to contribute directly towards community upliftment.
- In order to maximise use of human resources, the practise has always endeavoured to design for and specify materials that favour labour intensive construction techniques.