Having been recognised as South Africa’s best public relations company, PR Worx is exposed to a vast array of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) projects across South Africa through our blue chip clients. During our 10 years of existence, PR Worx has always been passionate about CSI, and therefore not only conceived the DeskBags concept, but incorporated it as our own dedicated CSI division.
According to basic education minister, Angie Motshekga, there are as many as 3 million school children in South Africa who do not have the privilege of working at a desk. In addition, there are over 24 000 schools who require desks.
As many of these children do not have formal classrooms, they are forced to either kneel on the ground, or work on make-shift desks during their school day.
As you can imagine, they not only experience extreme discomfort, but their educational development is considerably hampered, and they could subsequently struggle to become positive contributing members of society.
While building structured class-rooms and providing them with the relevant furniture would be the ideal, this is unfortunately not an immediate solution, due to the substantial investment required.
However, DeskBags have come up with an innovative and viable alternative solution, in which you can make a significant difference in helping to uplift educational standards in Africa.
Our DeskBags are not only functional eco-friendly school bags, but also provide a portable desk solution.
The bag allows the child to carry his or her books and stationery, while the flap is reinforced with durable Perspex, that when folded open, allows for instant desk support too. Our product is made from the vinyl of recycled billboards, and is so robust that if looked after well, can last a whole school career.
The bags are waterproof, reflective, and light enough for pre-primary scholars to use.
DeskBags are exclusively manufactured by PR Worx, who only employ previously disadvantaged or disabled South Africans for this task.
We understand the pressure is on to reduce and measure your company’s carbon footprint, and to responsibility maintain your CSI strategy. Our eco-friendly and highly affordable bags are made from recycled vinyl billboards, keeping toxic PVC materials out of landfill sites, ensuring environmental sustainability. Corporate companies are also encouraged to donate their old billboards to us for recycling purposes.
We understand that the need for desks is too great to tackle this problem by ourselves. It is only through the support of corporate companies and in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education (DoE), that DeskBags can be deployed to poverty-stricken areas to help make a difference to the lives of needy learners.
Since the patterns of all our handcrafted DeskBags are made from various sections of recycled vinyl billboards (including your own if you prefer), no two bags are or ever will be the same. With your company’s branding prominently displayed on the desk flap, the DeskBags are not only inimitable but will clearly depict your support of this CSI initiative.
Once you have placed an order, whether it be for 100 or 100,000 DeskBags, we will provide you with a list of schools or areas in need of supports. All arrangements including the hand-over, media liaison and photography will be managed on your behalf. You simply need to be there on the day of the handover to represent your company and to see the kids’ appreciation.
How to get Involved
Education is considered to be the greatest weapon in fighting poverty. Your company’s contribution through DeskBags will not only provide young South Africans with the necessary tools to ease their educational struggles, but your support will also create additional job opportunities for the previously disadvantaged women making these eco-friendly bags.
DeskBags (A CSI initiative of PR Worx)
1 Sirius Street
Sunward Park, 1459
Phone: +27 (0) 11 896 1818
Fax: +27 (0) 11 913 4966
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