We are committed to providing employee wellness programmes that ensure that our people have access to support initiatives that focus on health and wellness, alcohol and substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.
We recognise and acknowledge the devastating impact that HIV/AIDS has had in the communities around which we operate. The RCL FOODS Chronic Illness and Life Threatening Disease policy incorporates HIV/ AIDS and guides the business in its management, placing emphasis on education and peer education, prevention, de-stigmatising campaigns and voluntary counselling and testing.
We provide a core primary health care and occupational health service on our operating sites. Regional services are influenced by the identified risk of each region, which guides the different levels of service provision to ensure service delivery that is appropriate to employee needs.
Occupational health care is guided by legislation to ensure that employees are monitored, risk exposure is minimised and a healthy workforce and a safe working environment are all in place.
Primary health and emergency care are absolutely essential to support employees in any large company. The Group customises these services as much as possible to meet the needs of our people.
HIV/AIDS assistance programmes
We provide a formalised HIV/AIDS educational and counselling service in our Northern region in conjunction with Tapologo Hospice, aimed at supporting employees and family members with counselling and delivery of ARVs. There has been a high success rate of employees returning to work once they have received treatment at Tapologo.
Through Corporate Social Investment Schemes, we support community-based prevention, education and awareness programmes and initiatives such as Lily of the Valley Children’s Home and Othandweni Respite Unit at the Hillcrest AIDS Centre in Durban.
In our Agricultural sector, we have set up a main clinic and decentralised clinics on factory and Agriculture premises. The main clinic at Malalane is also equipped with a fully registered X-Ray facility. Some decentralised clinics are within easy reach of similar public facilities or employees are transported to the main clinic. Wellness staff are dedicated to HIV/AIDS counselling, testing and ARV treatment on a full-time basis supported by the medical team. Support is given to decentralised clinics.
As a Group we are committed to treating employees with respect, following fair and equitable employment practices, and protecting employee health and safety in the workplace.