2021 brought never-before-seen challenges to our industry and the world. The global COVID-19 pandemic resulted in personal, family and community loss and distress and fueled an economic recession that impacted individuals and businesses. DafriGroup responded quickly at the outset of the crisis by establishing multiple safeguards to protect workforce health, managing capital to preserve financial strength and maintaining our focus on the roadmap.
I am fortunate to work with a team that refuses to give anything less than 100%. Even in the darkest days of the pandemic, DafrGroup’s team rallied beside each other in resolute support of our members and wider community through these uncertain times, demonstrating resilience, flexibility and strength.
To our Partners and Investors; Please allow me to express my gratitude to you. Thank you for taking out time in understanding our purpose and being able to decide to become part of the DafriFamily, you inspire and encourage us to continue pushing boundaries. Thank you for your faith in us as we walk these uncertain paths as partners together.
We saw a renewed focus on social movements to promote race and gender equality, with notable examples such as Black Lives Matter and the #metoo movement. Within our company, we viewed these events as catalysts to enhance our diversity and inclusion progress.
We contribute to the wellbeing of the communities in which our employees live and work by creating jobs, investing in educational and training programs to develop talent and utilising local suppliers and service providers. All help build long-term community sustainability.
Exhibiting DafriGroup leadership also means gaining and maintaining people’s trust. We highly value engagement with stakeholders and take pride in being accessible, open and transparent about our business practises. We benefit from our engagements, especially as we continue to add to the list of performance metrics and key indicators for improvement.
We emerged from a difficult year with an even greater appreciation for what our stakeholders expect and how we can lead the sector through disciplined capital allocation, strong financial performance and DafriGrpup excellence. But as importantly, in the face of many personal, societal and economic challenges, we remained resilient.
Let’s charge forward in the coming year with the hope of better days to come. Let’s also not lose sight of the many, many blessings we’ve been given. Keep the faith and hold tight to that bold and unshakeable resilience as we attack 2022 with an even more blockbuster line up of partnerships, product developments and events.
On behalf of all of us at DafriGroup, I wish you a happy, healthy and successful 2022.
Yours faithfulXolane Ndhlovu, Group Chairman, DafriGroup PLC