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Ten Priorities. One Future

Malaria test kit wins Social Innovation Award

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An innovative and potentially life-saving malaria test kit, owned by two young entrepreneurs, Ashley Uys and Lyndon Munger, won the R1 million (US$102,000) first prize in the SAB Foundation's second annual Social Innovation Awards.

These awards recognise innovative new products that address challenges faced by the Foundation's target beneficiaries – low-income women, youth, people with disabilities and people living in rural areas. Costing US$0.45, the kit is a rapid, cost-effective, medical diagnostic tool that in 30 minutes detects all strains of malaria and determines whether any treatment to cure the disease has been effective.

The SAB Foundation is a beneficiary of SAB's Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) deal, SAB Zenzele. Since 2010 it has invested in 106 micro and small-scale businesses and created 372 direct and indirect jobs.

Eco-friendly fridges for retailers

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SAB (Pty) Ltd is working to reduce emissions across the value chain. This year, the company developed energy-efficient and environmentally friendly LED lights and energy management devices (EMDs) which are now used in every new fridge that SAB (Pty) Ltd supplies to its retailers.

The EMDs reduce the electricity consumption of the fridge by up to 30%. The new LED lights last twice as long as the current fluorescent lights while also making the product in the fridge more visibile and reducing the harmful effects of disposing of fluorescent lights.

Awareness programme averts HIV/Aids infections

HIV awareness campaign

In partnership with the National Department of Health, the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids and the Society of Family Health, SAB (Pty) Ltd has joined the national condom distribution programme to help the government extend its distribution reach to non-traditional outlets, especially taverns.

The company has provided its infrastructure, delivery trucks and extensive distribution network with the long-term aim of reaching 16,000 local taverns over the next five years, distributing more than 845 million condoms and averting 1.6 million new HIV/Aids infections.

To date it has reached over 7000 taverns, distributed more than 10 million condoms and helped to avert 20,914 new HIV/Aids infections1.

1 The HIV/Aids aversion rate is calculated according to a study by John Stover (founder and president of Futures Institute) which claims that for every 500 condoms distributed, at least one new infection is averted. This indicates that condoms are highly effective in protecting individuals against contracting HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).