A business must interact with the societies it serves or it may face the alienation of its shareholders, stakeholders and customers. Governments in Africa need companies that are ready to face the many social and economic problems in the continent..
Southey is backing the South African government in this process and believes that it can support governments in reducing poverty and inequality and in improving health and welfare. In South Africa, Southey has been a major campaigner for skills development.
Since 2005 Southey has trained the highest number of black artisans through the Merseta learnership program. The various trades include welders, boilermakers, fitters, turners, electricians, scaffolders and painters.