We have a well-developed internal mentorship programme and two In-service traineeship programmes, the objective of which is:
- To identify individuals with the potential to advance and assist them with their career path so that we have trained and competent management in line with:
- Demographics of the country; and
- Our agreed - upon employment equity targets
Within the shortest possible period of time.
Our in-service traineeship programmes are partially subsidised by the company to the tune of approx R 7 000 000 (seven million) annually. In 2011 we had 153 trainees, 61% of which come from a previously disadvantaged background and our retention rate is 90%. Our high retention rate is due to our strong succession programmes and commitment to promote from within.
For more information about the application process, please visit our careers page.
Also proudly because of our philosophy and commitment to development from within, 60% of our General Managers and Executive Chefs have come through our in-service traineeship programmes. We have a strong mentorship and accelerated learning programme in place for our future leaders.
In 2003, we started a bursary fund to support previously disadvantaged students attending other Nationally Registered Hotel Schools and to date have contributed R 3 301308.13 towards the development of 141 students. In 2011 alone we have given 43 previously disadvantaged students bursaries to a total value of over eight hundred thousand rand (R822 294)
COMMUNITY - What we do
It is a minimum requirement that every Protea Hotel, our Head Office and Regional offices have Corporate Social Investment Programmes.
For 2011 our focus was:
• Abused and orphaned children
• HIV/AIDS organisations
• Wildlife associations, abused animals and carthorse association
• Safe havens for young mothers, children and babies
1. Head Office Initiatives
1.1. Departmental chosen charities: Listed below, are charities chosen by STAFF in each department, who raised funds in various fun ways to assist their selected organisation.
• Reach for a Dream
• Nazareth House
• Mater Domini
• Mdzananda Animal Clinic
• PETS (Pet Empowerment in Townships)
• African Tails
• St. John Ambulance
• Santa Shoe Box Project
• Bahi (Borrowed Angels Healing Initiative)
• CHOC HOUSE
During 2011 gave approximately 700 accommodation vouchers to Non-Profit Organisations.
1.3. Complimentary Accommodation
During 2011 we gave over 180 complimentary rooms’ nights to Non-Profit Organisations from Head Office.
1.4. Head Office Projects
• Afrika Tikkun
Afrika Tikkun are an NGO that provides education, health and social services to children, youth and their families through centers of excellence in South African Townships
Their aim is to empower communities to develop new generations of productive citizen. For more information, please visit http://www.afrikatikkun.org/web/index.php
- Head Office donated R 155,000 to their organization which will be used for:
o Child and Youth Development Programme (operational costs)
o The New Mfuleni Centre
- The Committee went on a site visit to Afrika Tikkun and look forward to many more
- They were shown the vegetable garden, the new centre being built, the food kitchen and also visited homes that are part of the Afrika Tikkun programmes
- Head Office dedicated Mandela Day to fundraising and donating to Afrika Tikkun
• South Africa Medical and Education Foundation (SAME)
- SAME create an environment where quality health care and education is available to everyone
- They do this by supplying the medical services of South Africa with the equipment they vitally need to enhance the treatment they already offer to state patients.
- They work with Hospitals whose sole source of income is the Government / State budget
- Head Office sponsored R 10,000 to the SAME Foundation whereby we received a HIV/TB educational package. All proceeds will go towards purchasing medical equipment and refurbishing HIV/TB facilities in the Western Cape
• Groote Schuur Cancer Ward
- Head Office held a Protea Hotels Family Fun Day on 12th November 2011 which included food stalls, a DJ and live music, jumping castles, fun games/activities and a food eating competition.
- Head office, STAFF and five hotels in the Cape Region were involved in making this day possible.
- STAFF and their family and friends purchased tickets for this event and the main purpose behind organizing this big event was so that STAFF and families could get to know one another outside of office hours and also to meet and mingle with each other and their families.
- The day was a huge success and fun was had by all – even received comments that this event should happen every year
• Reach for a Dream
Reach for a Dream, fulfills the dreams of children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have been diagnosed as having a life-threatening illness by a medical practitioner. We do not discriminate based on race, culture, financial status or any other factor. Each child living with a life-threatening illness is given a chance to dream.
For more information please visit http://www.reachforadream.org.za/
- Head Office fulfilled 25 Dreams in 2011, and our goal od to fulfill many more in 2012
- It was a humbling and special experience for all involved.
- We will continue to do these dreams to the best of our ability and with passion and respect.
• Sea Point Rotary – Top Cop
- Top Cop awards are held by the Sea Point Rotary Club on an annual basis to reward certain individual officers for their exceptional service throughout the year
- Protea proudly sponsors some of the awards
• Bel Porto Foundation
Bel Porto School is a Professional Knowledge Centre for the Educational and Therapeutic needs of learners with Severe Intellectual Spectrum Disabilities in the Western Cape
- Head Office donated funds to them through Casual Day
• Carthorse Association
Cart Horse Protection Association is committed to the welfare of the working cart horse. They continue to be involved with the carting community at grassroots level.
- Head Office are supporting the Carthorse Association with their wish list.
- We also ordered a consignment of goods from Laird Leatherware. We have also purchase horse feed and have had t-shirts printed for their STAFF with the Carthorse logo on.
Once these items are received, we will be going on a site visit to the Carthouse Association to learn more about them and hand over the goods to them.
• Ilitha Labantu
Ilitha Labantu (direct meaning or translation Bring Light or Hope to the people) is a social service and educational organization with a specific focus on addressing violence against women and children and supporting those affected by it.
This is accomplished through individual and family counseling, workshops, skills training and empowerment as well as capacity building.
Ilitha Labantu has been acting as a trusted advisor in government and community processes.
Majority of our beneficiaries are women and children living in townships and rural areas of South Africa.
- We donated funds to them through purchasing Relate Bracelets and will be going on a site visit to them
The Relate Trust is also an organisation we are involved in supporting.
The Relate Trust –
Connect workers, corporations, individuals and charities across the globe, to make a difference to the lives of others, one wrist at a time
Create the opportunity to earn an income for disadvantaged and marginalised persons through the production of simple hand-crafted beaded bracelets
Raise money for worthy beneficiaries with every bracelet sold
2. Regional Office – Johannesburg
2.1. Departmental Chosen Charities, Listed below, are charities chosen by Regional Office STAFF in each department, who raised funds in various fun ways to assist their selected organisation.
• The Teddy Bear Clinic
• Reach for a Dream
• Blind SA
• Endangered Wildlife Trust
• Buddy and Me
• Pink Drive
• Andre van Zijl
3. Regional Sales Office – Durban
Departmental Chosen Charities, Listed below, are charities chosen by Regional Office STAFF in each department, who raised funds in various fun ways to assist their selected organisation.
• Feed the Babies Fund.
• TAFTA, an old age home
4. African Pride and Protea Hotels
Each Hotel has an extensive Corporate Social Investment Programme, where they do fantastic work within the community that they operate. All our hotels are – in a sense – Community Centres with the obligation to contribute positively towards the development of the community within which they operate. We all have a huge responsibility to achieve this.
At our General Managers conference held December 2011 we announced the Protea Hotels Corporate Social Investment awards.
The nine finalists were:
Protea Hotel Apo Apartments
Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge
African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa
Protea Hotel Karridene Beach
Protea Hotel Kimberley
Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town
Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay
Protea Hotel Waterfront Centurion
Mr Stehlik’s vision from the beginning was to make every Protea Hotel an agent for good in their community and his vision is being fulfilled every day across the country, with each project and every person giving of their time, effort and love.
In every city, in every province and every country where one of our hotels is found, the local community is built up and encouraged by our incredible STAFF and partners.
Their unwavering dedication to the upliftment of those less fortunate is inspiring and a testament to the miracles we can create for ourselves and for others every day.
This year the runner up for the Social Investment award was presented to Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge. Charl van Wyk and his TEAM put a lot of effort into their projects and fulfilled the focus areas in terms of the types of projects they were involved in as well as making them sustainable.
And the winner of the Social Investment Award was African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa,
Gary Koetser and every STAFF member at the hotel got involved and each department took responsibility for many and varied projects. A large number of these were not just once-off assistance but were planned to be sustainable and the hotel and its STAFF are committed to helping them grow in the future.
Some of the projects they dedicated their time, skill, knowledge and energy to were:
• Fulfilling Reach for a Dream dreams
• Working closely with an organisation called ‘Sharing Abundant Life Together’ by raising money and making food parcels
• Assisting Joppie Fourie to fix his hospital bed and bicycle to continue his journey of “10 million steps for Cancer”
• Assisting Marconi Beam Primary School with monthly collections, providing them with a soup kitchen on Fridays as well as a Christmas year end party
• Assisting Boucher Safe House with much needed items on their wish list
• Supporting SOS Children’s Villages South Africa by raising funds
• Assisting Milk Matters
• Purchasing Relate Bracelets and supporting orphaned and abandoned children
• And they kicked their shoes off and got sand between their toes to clean up the beach front at Blouberg – the waste collected was brought back to the hotel and sent to Waste Plan for recycling.
Mahatma Ghandi once said “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”