Reliance and impact on key capitals > Social, relationship and intellectual capital



Social, relationship and intellectual capital encompasses our relationships with communities, groups of stakeholders and other networks and promotion of innovative thinking.

It incorporates shared values and behaviours and provides us with our social licence to operate. Interaction with key stakeholders, consideration of their concerns and earning their trust are central to maintaining and developing this capital.


  • Conditions precedent for the new B-BBEE and Employee Share Option Programme (ESOP) have been completed with the effective date of the transaction being 22 December 2015
  • The Small Enterprise Financial Agency (SEFA) has partnered with the Aluminium Beneficiation Initiative (ABI) with the creation of a R80 million fund dedicated exclusively for aluminium projects

  • Our corporate social investment policy has been realigned to invest in fewer, but more substantial projects, focussing on historically disadvantaged communities
  • Total spend with B-BBEE enterprises amounted to R6,27 billion
  • Spend with wholly African owned enterprises for 2015 was approximately R88 million (2015 target was R70 million)
  • Hulamin’s technical expertise assistance was used in the development of the UKZN solar car (named Hulamin). The team finished 13th out of 47 teams from 25 countries in their first ever entry in the world solar car challenge

  • Through the assistance of SEFA and the ABI, further develop, promote and grow the local aluminium downstream industry
  • Work closely with stakeholders to unlock the potential of aluminium in South Africa
  • Reduce our carbon footprint in line with global standards and seek alternative sustainable supplies

Key Stakeholder Relationships, RELIANCE AND IMPACT

Hulamin recognises that in order to create sustainable value for all, it needs to be responsive to all stakeholder expectations. To meet these expectations it is crucial to build trust and respect with our stakeholders since this will impact positively on our reputation allowing us to engage proactively on issues of mutual interest.



Local, provincial and national government, including regulatory authorities. They license us to operate and provide a supportive regulatory environment through:

tariffs and duties to level the uneven regimes between South Africa and our trading partners; and
benefits associated to the aluminium value chain for local development in terms of beneficiary electricity.

Continual and responsible contribution to regional development:

  • Facilitate downstream development
  • Job retention and creation
  • Transformation and empowerment
  • Safer workplaces
  • Healthy competition among businesses
  • Energy consumption reduction 
Providers of

Shareholders, investment community, creditors and lenders who provide us with the financial capital required to sustain our growth. This is covered in detail under the Financial capital section here.

Sustainable growth and returns on investment:

  • Sustainable returns
  • Supportive regulatory and business environment
  • Future growth for the business

We are reliant on customers and potential customers to sustain revenue generation and growth. The majority of our sales are to export customers. We are focused on growing the local and regional markets This is covered in detail in various sections of this report, such as here.

Reliable service, good quality products and competitive prices:

  • Long-term security of supply
  • Consistent supply of products
  • Improved manufacturing capability and product range

Suppliers of metal and other products and service providers are important as we are reliant on them to provide safe, good quality and good value products and reliable services that support growth.

Continued growth and relationships:

  • Long-term supply contracts
  • Efficient payment cycles

Employees are the key underpin to achieve operational performance and objectives. This is covered in detail under the Human capital section on here.

Provision of gainful and safe employment:

  • Employment security
  • Safe working environment
  • Competitive remuneration and benefits packages
  • Workforce transformation
  • Information and communication
  • Participation and empowerment

We build and nurture existing relationships, and create a conduit to better understand community needs and interests. This allows for us to contribute to transformation, enterprise development and various corporate social investment initiatives.

Responsive contribution to community interests and needs:

  • Support for key community developments and activities
  • Sponsorships and donations
  • Employment opportunities
  • Support for environmental initiatives




Recently, Hulamin realigned its CSI policy to invest in fewer, but more substantial projects, with particular focus on historically disadvantaged communities, as it is imperative to make a difference by adding value to the development of these communities.

The organisation’s CSI programme focuses primarily on education, health, development of community skills, welfare, environment and crime prevention.


An amount of R2,8 million was donated towards CSI initiatives during
2015, relating to the following initiatives:

Shared values with our key stakeholders 



Developing future business, unlocking economic growth

Hulamin’s Enterprise Development objective is to facilitate the development of sustainable businesses that will create jobs and add stimulus to the economy. Hulamin is committed to this process by providing business opportunities to new enterprises and support for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) through the provision of professional, financial and logistical support as well as various start-up support services. An important element is the emphasis on the value chain, where Hulamin has influence to create opportunities for new businesses as customers or suppliers.

The Department of Trade and Industries has set out a target of at least 3% of the net profit after tax to be spent on economic development. We have continued to meet and exceed this target.

Hulamin’s Enterprise Development initiatives

Hulamin has been strategically involved in providing development support to many SMMEs and initiatives, such as:

  • Business Support Centre
  • Leather Touch
  • MLB Engineering
  • Imizamemible
  • Hazardous Cleaning and Engineering Services
  • Aluminium Beneficiation Initiative



Today, innovation performance is a crucial determinant of competitiveness and national progress. Moreover, innovation is important to help address global challenges, such as climate change and sustainable development. At Hulamin, we strive for innovation in order to provide the best quality product for our customers, promote economic development and develop future innovators and leaders.


Aluminium Beneficiation Initiative

Hulamin and South 32 collaborated to form the Aluminium Beneficiation Initiative (ABI), an economic development initiative focused on developing and supporting high level entrepreneurs in aluminium fabrication or beneficiation.

A key objective of the ABI is to grow local market usage of aluminium. This will have a positive impact on the local economy by promoting job creation and providing an opportunity for skills transfer. The mission is to identify and support 100 entrepreneurs in the aluminium fabrication sector and guide them into sustainable businesses within three years, which will result in these businesses consuming at least 100 tons of aluminium each.

The aluminium industry in South Africa currently exports large volumes of un-beneficiated material whilst at the same time imports finished products. Through ABI, the plan is to promote a business model for industry that will encourage local sales through significant beneficiation or value-add.

In 2015, ABI engaged over 1 000 business people/entrepreneurs country wide from which 102 entrepreneurs were identified and approved as part of the ABI programme. Of these entrepreneurs 55% are black (Africans, Indians and Coloured).

The Small Enterprise Financial Agency (SEFA) has partnered with ABI and have earmarked a R100 million fund split as follows: R80 million dedicated exclusively for aluminium projects and R20 million earmarked for Hulamin and South 32 contractors to use for their business expansion and growth. Of the above fund, nearly R10 million had been disbursed by end December 2015 resulting in the establishment of two factories, one located in Durban, producing skid covers for Hulamin packaging requirements and the other in Pietermaritzburg, distributing and warehousing aluminium to smaller fabricators in KwaZulu-Natal. 22 direct jobs were created from the disbursed funds to-date.

ABI has established a number of strategic partners in the market place such as the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA) and the Western Cape Economic Development and Business Chambers.

For more information visit


BEE Equity Transaction and ESOP scheme

As a South African manufacturer, Hulamin’s strategy is closely aligned with the industrialisation and beneficiation objectives of the South African government. Hulamin is committed to the implementation and success of broad-based empowerment throughout the Group and has, over many years, implemented and maintained a number of initiatives relating to employment equity, skills development, preferential procurement, enterprise development and corporate social investment.

Pursuant to these objectives, Hulamin announced a new BEE Transaction in 2014. A significant portion of the benefits of the BEE Transaction is intended to be spread among Hulamin’s Eligible Employees, which will include all eligible non-management employees and black management.

The New Strategic Partners’ BEE Transaction has been designed to promote an improved likelihood of a reasonable level of vesting for Hulamin’s Strategic Black Partners, which includes a significant broad-based element, who, after investing R40 million in the Company in 2007, have participated in the Group for the past seven years and have committed to a further eight years by way of this transaction. The vesting potential of the New Strategic Partners’ BEE Transaction has been capped, limiting the portion of potential benefits of the overall BEE Transaction to these parties.

On 22 December 2015, Hulamin concluded agreements with the “New Strategic” BEE partners to facilitate the acquisition of an equity interest in Hulamin. The BEE partners consist of Eligible Employees and long-standing Strategic Partners.

On the same date, the ESOP Trust subscribed for A1 ordinary and A2 ordinary shares in the company. Under the scheme, participating employees are granted conditional awards linked to these A class shares. On the vesting of the award, the A class shares will be converted to ordinary shares in the company, which may be sold or retained by the employees. The scheme extends to all employees below management, and to black management.

The new BEE Transaction will reinforce Hulamin’s reputation and commitment to the spirit of transformation and economic empowerment, sustain constructive labour relations as well as Hulamin’s relations with surrounding communities.




Preferential procurement

Business relationships with companies who actively pursue sound employment equity and black economic empowerment programmes are encouraged in support of the economic empowerment of black South Africans.

The future of the country and Hulamin are dependent on growing the economic involvement in mainstream business, on a sustainable basis, of all previously disadvantaged groups. Business will only be sustainable with the empowerment of black South Africans going forward. Our intervention programme of preferential procurement is meant to achieve these objectives.

Over the last 12 months Hulamin spent more than R6,2 billion in total with B-BBEE enterprises. Of this total, R320 million was spent with Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) and Emerging Micro Enterprises (EMEs), R312 million on black enterprises (greater than 50% black-owned), and R53 million with black woman-owned businesses (greater than 30% black woman-owned). Hulamin met and exceeded our targeted spend of R60 million with wholly African-owned entities for 2015.